For how long I abandon this blog? I lost count... Many things happened during this short week. In short, breathe taking week...
(Taken from: http://www.pjlighthouse.com/2007/05/30/funnies-this-is-your-state-when-you-come-to-work/)
I saw a new life being born into this earth lately... How pure and clean he may be but in reality I know none is pure and none is perfect. Something interesting about this baby boy that I meet.... It is actually his name.. Why is his name interesting? Because he doesn't even have a name yet..
His parents and grandparents are obviously anxious regarding the issue as within 2 weeks or less, they will need to register in the government department in order to get his birth certificate done. The process of getting a name seems to be so difficult for them as it took them months to think of one. Well, to be honest, I find it quite irritating on their way of finding the right name for the baby.
Firstly, they went to temples, meet up with people who claimed themselves as "Sifu in giving names" based on the birth of the baby. In this respect, they calculated the 5 elements of the Chinese Philosophy (Wood, metal, water, fire and earth), taking into the consideration of the month of birth etc. The sifu will later give the parents a few individual single Chinese character, subsequently the parents will need to use those characters to form a name. The result? Everything was bad as the character given was so difficult to form a name. Mind you, the paid was not cheap in any way.
Secondly, they browse through some websites whereby they generate "good names". The website even go to the extend of giving you a percentage of the name! (i.e Shan Shang - 80% [considered as a good name]) The higher percentage, the better it is (according to the website)... Therefore, even though the parents like a particular name but if the website shows a low percentage for it, the name will be eliminated.
And so it was, the whole family was running here and there whilst some stayed at home surfing the internet for "good names". Looking at such situation, something came into my head... And I actually went to the extend of asking the grandparent one question....
"Actually, why are all of you so concerned regarding the name? Yes, I acknowledged that a name is your indentification for the rest of your life but why go through all those troubles (going temple, paying money, going through websites calculating the percentage) just to get one name? Isn't it better for the name to be meaningful rather than "weird and doesn't carry any meaning"?"
Only replied I got....
"A good name will represents a good life in the future... If not, the baby life will be a suffering life. That's why you must look at all the elements. This is to find out whether are they contradicting to one another (in terms of the elements), whether is it inviting "good people aka god" to help him etc"
33: =(Total speechless) (What a good speech)
(Taken from: Kahthong.com)
Yes.... But... How certain are you that a name will have such effect? You do realised that one day that baby will die as well regardless how great that name is.. You do realised that you are just easing your conscience that it will help him in the future, right? Because you know it well that even you yourself can't control your own life, how things were to take place, how good things will be and how bad things will be etc... Do you really naively believe that a name will make a difference over God's plans? Well, if you do, then that person can be a god now and not human.
Grandparent: *Total silent and totally ignoring my words whilst continue on looking at the monitor...
33: *rest my case, watch TV*
Sorry if I were to offend you in any way. I didn't mean to nor am I did that on purpose. However, I wish to bring home the point that having a good name or how people were to claimed it as a bad name, it doesn't affect your path way on eath, because God has prepared and plan all things. If you still insist that a good name can truly affect your life I can tell you truthfully it doesn't. It is as though you are saying to God that "I can change my life with my own efffort and hands. I can twist around what you had planned for me and I will". If you wish to go against God's will, go ahead, I've nothing to comment on it anymore.
But do bear in mind one thing that the Lord said:-
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. “ For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11)
For this, God's words will stand forever and ever. Amen.