Monday, July 10, 2006
taking the jump

The events of recent years have changed me. I can't deny that. My soul has been softened, broken, sculpted, and pieced back together again more times than I can remember. There's been plenty of times where I thought I was taking a step out on faith and I ended up getting wounded. And nobody likes getting wounded.

Getting hurt makes people cautious and cynical. It makes people second guess their choices, hesitant about trusting God, and reluctant placing their lives in His hands while hoping for a better future.

I don't want to live a life in the darkness. I don't want to be a coward who's afraid of pain and spends him time scheming over the crumbs of life, the things that don't matter. Life is too short to be lived devoid of the courage and wisdom of love.

I know my current circumstances aren't ideal, but once again, I'm taking the step out and committing myself to being a better man than I am today - not only for my sake, but for hers.

Here we go.

Abba, Father.
I'm trusting in your grace.

Mark your calendars and block off a weekend in December.


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! i just got shiv's voicemail!!! congratulations!!! so exciting!!! can you tell by the excessive usage of "!!!" ? haha...
Whoa...congratulations mang. Let me know when the wedding registry is up and running.
!!! congratulations !!!!!
w00t! I'm surprised you finally stepped it up, even though my first reaction is to say, "It's about time!!!" congrats, bro.
Details Requested Densha Otoku!!!
congrats gar and shivy!!! =) how exciting!!
I've been reading your blog for a long time now - from graduating from college up to the present. I find it strange that I've never messaged you before but I feel that now is as good a time as any to tell you, that you've had a profound impact on my life. Your insightful entries about life and growing, reassure me that even through tough times with enough faith, in one's self and in God, there will always be that gleaming light of hope at the end of tunnel.

I've come to see you as a friend and a mentor. Reading your entries throughout these last few years, I consider myself fortunate to have seen how far you've come in terms of spiritual growth and what not. Seeing this post is a great example of that. I truly am happy for you and wish you & your fiance nothing but the best.
YAY!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm really really happy for you two!!! :)
the pic didn't show up, but i gather it is an engagement ring?

super congrats to the both of you!!!
how exciting!

zhuhe nimen. :o)

Kong hei!!!!
everybody> thanks...

CathyG> wow, I'm honored!
congratulations, man.
CONGRATS cousin!!! i'm so excited for you two! yay!!
aaah...!! CONGRATULATIONS you two!!! Wishing you all the best! yeah! :)
congratulations, cuz! dude, we just saw you and we didn't suspect a thing! =)

- akito
it'll be interesting to see a iistix table.

congratulations! I saw photos of you and the JEMS team from six years ago at Pastor Daniel Yoshimoto's house here in Sorocaba.
whoa thats fucking crazy man. congratulations dude! make it a transformer-themed wedding.
I know this is late, but I wanted to congratulate you and your fiancee. I'm sure the 2 of you will have good looking babies. :D
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1. The act or an instance of inscribing.
2. Something, such as the wording on a coin, medal, monument, or seal, that is inscribed.
3. A short, signed message in a book or on a photograph given as a gift.
4. The usually informal dedication of an artistic work.
5. Jeremiah 31:33

the facts.
name. Gar AKA "that Chinese guy" "Sleepy.McSleeping"
ethnicity/nationality. Chinese/American, 4th gen.
location. Sea-Town, WA, USA Kawanishi, JAPAN
occupation. less-cynical poor grad student
age. younger than you think, older than you know



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