Should I Take Charge of My Life Or Should I Let God Take Charge of It?

Recently I had a participant of mine say that he felt that my teachings contradicted his religious beliefs.

He said that his religion advocated that he should let God choose his destiny and lead his life. Whereas in my seminars, I teach people to take charge of their own lives and their own destinies. I teach people not to leave their life to chance but to have a plan for their future. I teach people to make full use of their potential and live life to the fullest. I always say that if you don’t have a plan for your life, then someone else (like your boss or friends) will have a plan for you. And you will probably fall into somebody else’s plan. (And I don’t think other people have anything good planned for you).

Because of his strong belief and faith in God, he says that he does not feel the need to set goals or to take charge of his life. God will give him the answers ‘one day’. And all the bad stuff that is happening to him is God’s will and beyond his control, so there is nothing he can do about it.

First of all, let me first say that I myself am a very firm believer of God and believe alot in the power of faith. In fact, I have found that the more successful and wealth I have become, the more spiritual I have become as well. When I was young, I never believed that God existed. I thought that since it was not something scientifically proven nor something I could see, it was probably all made up in people’ minds. However, through the years, I have become a VERY firm believer in God for a few reasons. First, as I started to think about the complexity of the universe, nature and the human body, it dawned on me that there was NO WAY that everything could have happened by chance (e.g. the fact that every single cell/organ/tissue in the human body performs a specific function working together in a symbiotic relationship). Everything that we take for granted, from the intricate veins of a leaf to the ventricles in the human heart had to be designed by a creator.

The second reason is that when I look back at my life and reflect on all the events that have led up to now, it seems too coincidental that things have happened by chance. Everything (even the awful painful stuff) seems to have happened for a particular reason. For example, if I had never had screwed up my PSLE and ended up at the bottom of my school, I would never have found the need to learn about NLP and about the Psychology of Success. If I had never learnt about NLP, then I would not be as successful as I am today .I would never have been able to write all my books and created my life changing programmes and I would not be able to help thouands of people every year change their lives. It seems that this is my purpose and my mission from God and that everything that has happened was part of a divine plan.

Well, then doesn’t this contradict my own teachings about taking charge of one’s life and planning your own destiny? Absolutely NOT. In fact, it is totally in alignment. Let me explain.

See, I believe that God is a force that exists in all our hearts and within every single cell of our body. He is not some old man with a white beard sitting on a throne one billion light years above the clouds. As such, God works THROUGH you. Every positive thought, idea an inspiration you have is a message from God. Some people hear the message and act on it, others just ignore it. When you feel passionate and excited about something (like I am with teaching and speaking), it is God’s way of telling you that this is your purpose and mission in life. Again, some people hear this calling and act on it. Many others ignore and deny their passions, and end up in a job they hate, simply because they feel that they have ‘No choice’. Do they really have ‘no choice’ or are they simply letting their fear consume them and abandoning their faith? I believe that the greatest power our creator has given us is the power to choose. And every choice we make shapes our destiny. So, if God is in you and God works though you, then when I talk about thinking about your passion and designing your life around your passion, it really means that you are letting God lead you, through you. When you set your goals and live with passion, you are living in alignment with what God put you here for. God takes charge of your life by you taking charge of your life.

For example, I wrote all 360 pages of my book ‘Secrets of self made millionaires’ to change people’s lives, And I set the goal to be one of the best speakers in the world. But you know what? It was really God’s words that wrote the book and God’s will that I became a speaker. His message came through my feelings, intuitions and thoughts. It was really God’s plan, but I wrote it. He created me with this mission and this is my purpose for living.

In fact, why have I suddenly turned on this computer at 1.00am on a Friday morning and why am I typing all these thoughts down when I should be sleeping. Is this all happening by chance? Or is it God directing me to send this message for all of you to read? Something to really reflect on.

Unfortunately, I have seen so many people mis-intepret the meaning of ‘letting God take charge of your life’. They think that it means that they should not plan, but wait for something to plan it for them. Do they expect that one night while they are sleeping that an angel will appear in a ray of light and tell them that they should quit the job they hate and pursue their dreams? Will a booming voice from the skies tell them to start an online business or to invest in stock Options? don’t think so. Duh! I feel that many people who say this to themselves are just using it as an excuse to avoid responsibility for anything. They are simply living in fear and using God as their excuse.

In fact, I believe that by being lazy and not doing anything about it, you are doing God a disservice. You are not making use of the power and assets you have been given. You are not fulfilling your purse and mission on earth. See I believe that all of us were born to make a positive difference in the world. So, by not doing anything meaningful with your life, it is just as bad as harming the world. You are wasting this precious life you have been given! Although I am not a Christian, but I remember a very powerful story in the bible (I got an A1 for Bible knowledge in school by the way). In the parable of the talents, Jesus teaches about the need for all of us to use our God given talents. In this parable, a master had to go away on a long trip and wanted his servants to look after his property while he was gone. To the first servant, he gave 5 talents. Through his hard work, the servant doubled his talents to TEN. To the second servant the master gave 2 talents, This second servant also worked hard and doubled the two talents, To the third servant, the master gave one talent, For fear of losing his only talent, this servant buried it and hid it, When the master returned and found that he had done so, he called him a LAZY and WICKED servant and took his only talent and gave it to the servant who had TEN. So, if you sit on your ass and do NOTHING with the god given passion and potential you have been given, then everything you have will be taken away from you and be given to those have achieved wealth and success.

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47 Comments so far

  1. . yu yuan ` on June 24th, 2006

    well-said indeed…totally agree with you…alot of people are using their beliefs for god to “runaway” from reality..

    damn..i never coach iag1 if not i could have a few moments of fame..hahaha…
    update us on the screening date alright??

    peace out.

  2. Thomas on June 25th, 2006

    Interesting insights on religion and NLP Adam. What a brilliant way to reframe the two.

    However there is one thing that bugs me. Does being a spiritual person necessarily means one has to subscribe to only 1 religion? Or it is possible, as Anthony Robbins said, to be open to all different religious teachings? That certainly isn’t possible, as most religions are mutually exclusive.

  3. Arvind on June 25th, 2006

    Well said coach…i agree with you about God within our hearts..this is what I believe in strongly too..although most ppl i know say I am not pious becoz i don’t go to the temple to pray as often as I shld etc..i don’t care coz deep down inside i know there is a force in this universe guiding me..towards my destiny. I feel that our destiny has been written for us by God but we need to find it ourselves..it won’t come to us..n we have to be fearless enough to use the talents He has given us for the good of mankind..allow me to share a quote if I may coach:
    “You were meant for greatness. When you play small with your life, you dishonor not only yourself but the force that created you.” – Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  4. Adam Khoo on June 25th, 2006

    Well, I for one believe in ALL religions and I believe that it is ‘man’ that has chosen to make his version of religion mutually exclusive. It is kind of like Nike, Reebok, Adidas are ALL SHOES, but different BRANDS of shoes. While you may believe in one brand more than another its not that the other brand of shoe cannot help you walk and run mroe effectively as well.

  5. Celine on June 27th, 2006

    Interesting thoughts shared generously…in short, it is the understanding of the saying..”God help those who help themselves” so it is for one to make a decision or choice to do something about what one wants to be in life…no one can do that for us..not even God because we are given the gift of free will to choose.

    We are all co-creators with God to build something beautiful for ourselves and be of service to our fellow beings in whatever ways we are called to do.. that would be an individual’s puzzle piece and mission in life..that would ultimately fit into the Divine Plan so that we all learn, grow and develop individually and as one.

  6. Pearly on June 27th, 2006

    Well said. I have just read your book, Secrets of self-made millionaires. I am digesting the contents and finding ways to increase my revenue streams.

    I believe like what you have said that with financial security, our relationship with God can be improved too.

  7. Brandon on June 28th, 2006

    I always believe in GOD will not throw money down from the sky and provide you with the food if you don’t do anything yourself. That’s just a lame excuse for laziness.

    BTW, Last night I dreamt that I met you in person, and we had a fun chat, and while I was asking you something about business, you told me to join your wealth academy! And we went to Adam Road Food Centre (althought I have never been there!) with your wife and your kid, my gf and my rich aunty. What a strange dream..Maybe God was telling me to join your wealth academy..haha..

  8. Henry on June 28th, 2006

    Very interestingly said & I agree with u. God is always with us. We are all here for a purpose that we need to discover it ourselves. If we are prepared to seek this purpose, God will guide us to it through each of us. If we sit back, do nothing, ‘nothing’ will happen. If we do something, ‘something’ will happen. For every cause, there is an effect.

    If we take charge of our own financial well being, then we will enjoy our own wealth that we accumulate.

  9. David on July 2nd, 2006

    I believe all achievements and so-called inner forces are all driven by DESIRES and PASSION. It greatly depends on how well you can control your desire and take charge of it so that you are the master of your desires.

    It has nothing to do with GOD. GOD is just a imaginary figure that people imaged that it exists. The inner strength comes from our mind and desires, not from any external source, such as GOD.

  10. Ben Aw on July 6th, 2006

    Yes God is the One that created the universe and mankind and indeed He had given us gifts and callings which are irrevocable. The question is which God are you refering to????? All shoes have different names but there is only one inventor of shoe, the ORIGINATOR. There are many gods, but only One True GOD…..
    Why is it that a doughnut has a hole in the center??? Question may seem unrelated but ponder, think and meditate over it and what’s your answer??????????????

  11. David on July 7th, 2006

    If mankind is really created by a common true GOD, why we must we have man and woman to produce baby? He can continuously create all men on earth without women. The world can still go round with a single gender.
    Then mankind should also have a common thinking and feature because it is created from a single true God. Why are there so many differences in us?? Why some of us believe there is god and so don’t??
    It is not necessarily to have a hole in the donut, I can create a donut without a hole anyway if I wanted to…..

  12. Xianbi on July 8th, 2006

    Hey! Awesome to what you said! I take my hats off, as many believers do not understand this natural fact, and always living in a “self victimising” world they created by themselves. Being inrelevent, stuck to religious thoughts taking the bible word for word and not really allowing God to use them as they have already limit what God can use them to do. However i have a question to ask you. Since now you have found your purpose in life, what makes your exsistence significant? What if tomorrow is your very last day?

  13. adriel tham on July 8th, 2006

    Matthew 16:26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

    ((:

  14. David on July 8th, 2006

    My existence is signifcant only if I can live life to the fulliest. Meaning to say I live with my passion and achieve what I wanted to achieve to improve my lifestyle so that I can then improve other people’s life style.

    Everyday is a very last day to me, I don’t assume that I am able to live till 100 years old. Therefore I always make use of everyday fully and learn as much as I can, think and grow rich as much as I can.

    In the process of gaining the whole world, it is impossible to make it without one’s soul. Your soul is your PASSION. You must have your soul (PASSION) to gain the whole world. You can’t have a man wothout a soul and is able gain the whole world. That’s a conflict in values.

  15. adriel tham on July 8th, 2006

    hmm. for one thing, no one has ever proved that anything in the bible is not accurate.

    well anyway, david, what do u believe in? evolution?

  16. David on July 9th, 2006

    I am really sorry if my opinon is too offensive and has offended anyone. That’s not my intention at all. I am just speaking up my mind and share my point of view. Please take my sharing with a pinch of salt.

    I believe in cause and action. I also believe that behind every truth there must always be a sensible reasonable explanation, otherwise we are just “monkey see, monkey do” without knowing why. Nothing happens without a true reason and cause.

    But if you find that you belief works fine for you, pls let it guides you and work towards your goal.

  17. guangxiang on July 9th, 2006

    Heys.. I agree with xianbi and adriel. 1 thing i am very sure that the Bible is true, btw Noah’s ark has been found by scientist.

    So I assume that by writing your comment, David, u have read Adam’s post. Um.. can u explain science?? Atomic energy is just something that scientist name after bering unable to explain the reaon behind the force that is holding on to all the protons and neutrons. Yet the Bible has told us that God holds all things together. Get it??

    Not trying to put u off, but wat great backbone u have for airing your views.

  18. David on July 9th, 2006

    I cannot explain science because science is not my passion. In addition my science knowledge is just enough for me to pass my exam.

    There are many things in science that cannot explained is because our knowledge and technology are not that advanced yet. As time goes by, through perseverance, scientist should be able to find the answer one day. But I am sure that I will not be around when the answer is found.

    I don’t accept the fact that anything that cannot be explained are all concluded to be god’s creation.

    If god creates all these things, then who creates god?? He cannot popup from somewhere for no reason….

  19. Xianbi on July 9th, 2006

    For the heavens are higher than the earth so are His ways are higher than our ways. I’m not trying to stir up an issue but that was what i felt and learnt. Think about it. Somethings in life you are unable to know and will never know because it exceeds the knowledge beyond what the human mind can concieve. My question is not who created it. There will be definately be a creator but the question is how did He managed to get everything so right? Every single cell. Ensuring all creations are unique. And who amazingly plants survive and reproduce. From the air that we breathe to the water that we drink. Amazing. Everything was perfectly created for us to live in. All this cannot be a coincidence to what i feel or else there will be so much other weird creation. True right? hmmm.

  20. Benjamin Aw on July 9th, 2006

    wah lao!!! who use my name and post!

  21. Benjamin Aw on July 9th, 2006

    pls hor…. tht BEN AW is nt the real BENJAMIN AW… check the email adam !!!!! haiz… cant stand ppl who impost each other…. who is tht!

  22. adriel on July 9th, 2006

    None taken. (: A scientific fact is something that leaves no room for opinion, therefore it has to be throughly examined and researched before establishing the fact.

    There are certain things in the world which cannot be explain scientifically at the moment, but at the same time, it cannot be denied. Lack of knowledge comes from being ignorant. When we choose to ignore certain issues, it doesnt go away, we just hope it doesnt happen to us.

    It is the height of deception and arrogance to believe that we determine the outcome of our lives while in truth they are determined by those to whom we grant access.

  23. guangxiang on July 10th, 2006

    well David, wat is your passion den??

  24. guangxiang on July 10th, 2006

    kudos to xianbi, thats right. wat adriel said too… men of God knew how the universe looked like long before scientist launched their first satelite into space. Somethings we dun understand too, yet we cant deny the fact that all things work together just nice. Nothing too much, nothing too less. I believe that David, u agree wif that too right??

    wat bout the universe, how come the distance of the stars are just right, not too far, not too near. That the inmense gravity from th other stars would not affect out earth. and that asteroids would almost hit every planet everyday, yet it would take a miracle for the asteroids to hit our beloved plant earth.

    Take a moment from life, take a deep breathe, enjoy the things around us. The air that is renewed everyday by plants, the water u drink that is being purified everyday by evapouration and condensation everyday. Consider the wonders of the earth for a change. stop thinking about materialistic gains for a moment. You will find that life is more than money.

  25. David on July 10th, 2006

    If everything is so rightly created by god,
    Why are there so many blood shed and war in this world?
    Why human beings so stubborn to believe in some theories that doesn’t make sense?
    Why are there homosexual?
    Why are there lust, greed and fear in us?
    Why are there sickness, poor and sufferings in this world?
    Why are there discrimination and disagrrement in different religious groups in this world?
    Why are there 911 strikes?
    Why life and death are so unpredictable?
    Why tsunami strikes?
    Why are there AIDS?
    Why abortion rates rise?
    .
    .
    .
    If these are so-called god’s perfect creations, I have nothing to say

  26. David on July 10th, 2006

    Again, if everything is so rightly created by god,

    Why are there so many blood shed and war in this world?
    Why human beings are so stubborn to believe in some theories that doesn’t make sense?
    Why are there homosexual?
    Why are there lust, greed and fear in us?
    Why are there sickness, poor and sufferings in this world?
    Why are there discrimination and disagreement in different religious groups in this world?
    Why are there 911 terrorists attack?
    Why life and death are so unpredictable?
    Why are there mad cow disease, bird flu and dengue fever?
    Why tsunami strikes?
    Why are there AIDS?
    Why abortion rates rise?
    Why are there babies born without eyes, ears, internal organs?
    Why are there armageddon to destory the earth?
    Why are there prostitution?
    Why big fish eat small fish?
    Why the stronger one kills the weaker one?
    etc.etc,etc.

    Some of these things don’t have to be understood in scientific way. These are the things that happen to us in real life.

    If these things are so-called god’s perfect creations, I have nothing to say.

  27. Adriel on July 10th, 2006

    Well. On the roads today, we have road accidents. They speed, they make illegal turns. etc.

    Do we go to the LTA and blame them? The LTA would say that there are rules to be followed when using the roads, if these rules are not followed, there will be consequences.

    In everything, there are rules to live by. If these rules are broken, there are consequences.

    We live in a broken down world. All men have sinful natures.

    Once again i say…It is the height of deception and arrogance to think that we determine the outcome of our lives while in truth it is determined by those to whom we grant access to.

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    U will never regret!!! The best interview ever!!! Anyone who has seen it will know that his entire family were literally interviewed… Btw… did anyone record another CNA program whereby Adam was interviewed by Diana Ser on Get Real…. I want that one badly!!! =(

  29. Scordaive on July 10th, 2006

    To: David

    allow me to explain…we live in a broken down world, bad things do happen to good people and bad things do happen to good people…and in the Bible it says that God pour down rain to both the evil and good, He let the sunlight shine on both the wicked and righteous ones…

    u are such a legalist, are these thing created by men or God? by men of course….wars are started by men, 991 is cause by terrorist, AIDS is cause by people who just enjoy having multiple sexual couples

    btw, for ur info, the Bible is not just a religious book, it’s also considered as a history record by scholars….the old testament and new testament have around 25000 manuscripts altogether(the higher the no. of manuscript, the more reliable it is)….where as some other history records which we all agreed upon have only a few hundreds, or thoudands…

    if your passion can make you resurrect after you’ve died, then i’ll kneel before you and curse Jesus…if ur passion can go beyond the universe, den i’ll deny God…

  30. adriel tham on July 11th, 2006

    well. Road accidents happen all the time. Do we go to the LTA and blame them for it? They would tell you that on the roads, there are rules to be followed. When those rules are not followed, accidents happen.

    In addition to that, we live in a broken down world. Bad things do happen to Good people, and Good things to bad people.

    Good doesnt influence evil. Evil influences Good. ‘Good’ is a choice.

  31. Rex on July 11th, 2006

    Come on, no one needs preaching here!
    Please stop/
    The meaningless debate of the existance of God and such similar stuffs will never end. Agree?

    Each of us have our own unique representation of what God and what life means to us. Lets all respect that. :)

    Whatever information that we received from our 5 senses are processed/filtered and individually internalised into our belief system.

    Well in my opinion, this explains why some believe in ‘A’ but not ‘B’, whereas some believe in ‘B’ but not ‘A’.

    cheers!
    and stay calm and cool (especially when u want to comment, haha!)

  32. adriel tham on July 11th, 2006

    hmm, wow. This is really getting interesting. Guang xiang, xian bi and David, You guys really pointed out some things which i never really thought about.

    My email adr is adrieltham@hotmail.com . Do add me on msn and we could chat more about this thru there? (:

    Looking forward to knowing u guys if u allow me to! haha!

  33. David on July 11th, 2006

    I am taking this very positively just to share information and thoughts.

    I am the type of person not afraid to think-out-of-the-box on sensitive issues and debate on points that are in the gray areas.

    I will take what works for me and discard what is not, with a pinch of salt.

    Once again, thanks for all your sharing, it’s nice to know you guys :-)

  34. adriel tham on July 11th, 2006

    I agree with David. Its ok to share our different thoughts and perspectives, but lets not take it too far yea? (:

  35. guangxiang on July 11th, 2006

    hey.. Adriel added u… lets bring it there and exchange our views there.. David add me at manabopo@hotmail.com??

    salute u david for your ideas

  36. Enoch Tan on July 12th, 2006

    What a brilliant article! I’m glad I came across it today after a friend introduced me to your blog. How right it is that God’s message comes through our feelings, intuition and thoughts. Our passions are His way of leading us. I believe it is God’s will that lead me to this article after I’ve published one of my own, because it is very related to this one. It is called “The Universal and Personal Aspect of God”.

    It is for people who are interested in understanding the apparent paradox between Christianity’s belief in a personal God and the rest of the world religion, science and philosophy concept of God as the Universal Mind. This article is most beneficial to all Christians, and also to believers of other Faiths and even atheists who believe in the Universal Force instead of God as a Being.

    Here it is at http://blog.mindreality.com/the-universal-and-personal-aspect-of-god

  37. kenneth jeremiah on July 12th, 2006

    wow.. thats some friendly guys willing to share their point of view online. do add me too! thinkaboutsmthnew@hotmail.com

    david,guang xiang,xianbi,adriel, do add me too. if u’re willing to allow me to be part of the conversation:)
    thks!

  38. kenneth jeremiah on July 12th, 2006

    to:Scordaive

    You sound like you’re a christian. Are you? dont mind i ask, which church u’re from?

    ps. you got gd points there.

  39. adriel tham on July 18th, 2006

    woah. we crashed the blog? i hope it wasnt us..haha. anyway David, havent got ur email yet .. the rest have added me alrdy. (:

  40. guangxiang on July 18th, 2006

    ehehe…. guess this is back online?? hahaha

  41. daninel on August 18th, 2006

    Hi Adam and all, I stumble upon this page and the topic discussed here caught my interest, as I’m a christian and I’m attracted by what people are discussing about this faith.

    Well, first I must say that I agree with what Adam said that a christian SHOULD NOT be lazy. For example, I believe a christian student should not go to the exam hall expecting God to give him good result without him first studying hard. Likewise for work, wealth, life etc. In fact there’s a saying that goes ” Do our best, and let God take care of the rest”

    I think perhaps your participants who says let God take charge of it, is coming from a point of SUBMITTING his life to God, this is not equal to being lazy and not taking action.

    Allow me to clarify something here, that God is not a force, but He is someone with character and emotion. He is righteouss, loving, merciful, patient and just. Since he is like a “person”, when someone believes in Jesus, he starts a personal relationship with God. He prays, read the bible, make friends and serve in a church. Basically he grows. And God will show His love to the person, guide him and bless him. It will come to a point that he realize his life purpose, or a calling or life destiny.

    Now, the question is: does God choose for us our destiny? I would say YES and NO. Yes He has a plan for us, a plan to prosper all of his children ( if you don’t believe me, check out the bible book of Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11). How about the No then? We are responsible for not achieving the destiny that God chosed for us too.

    How? (1) laziness, like what Adam mentioed. (2) along the way ppl stumble into some sins or lifestyle that distract them away from following God. (3) too often people want to take charge of their own life and refuse to let God guide them. Yeah, you hear me right, ppl want to take control of their own life. You may ask, ” What’s wrong with taking control of your own life?” The answer is: Sometimes we really do not know what we are doing. Only God knows everything, and He desires us to have the best.

    Letting God take control, I must admit that this is the hardest part even for myself. “Why can’t I have my own ways?” often I asked. But I have learnt that God knows far better than me, that’s why I need to submit, sometimes even die to my will to trust in God’s guidance, so that God can take me too my destiny.

    So, after much had been said, the point is: It is not wise to leave things to fate. Plan carefully, work diligently. However there’s another element about trusting God’s guidance, sometimes even to a point of dying to your will.

    I’m not an eloquent person, I hope you get my point, nor I am here to debate, just want to share a thought and hope it benefits someone. :)

  42. holely on August 31st, 2006

    Hi Adam and all, I stumbled onto this page by chance. Frankly I have been reading newspaper articles about Adam but never really paid much attention to them. Upon reading this blog, I think I know him better. I apologize first for displaying swordplay in front of the real Master Adam.

    Adam does sound like he is a Christian although he is not. What I am going to say might offend many religion followers but I just want to say a piece of my mind, hopefully some of you can get something worthy out of it. Ask yourself why you enter a religion; do you want to let someone take charge of your life because he can do it better? Ask yourself whether your beliefs came from you and not from others; why do you believe in something in the first place? Believing in yourself is a religion itself (at least that’s how I see it), it doesn’t mean believing in yourself excludes yourself to believe in other things. Yes, there are absolutely no conflicts.

    A conflict occurs when you hold on to a belief as an absolute reference. Its like the theory of relativity. All the differences should be given a reference of themselves, meaning you should look and explain things at all view points. That is why if you consider only one view point, other view points are in conflict. Adam’s reader only sees things only from his religion point of view and he had forgotten about himself. Remember, the reader cannot believe in anything, let alone his religion if he doesn’t know or even believe himself. In the reader’s case, he should still believe in his religion and also himself. The reason that he is in conflict with himself is that he wanted to believe in Adam but from his religion point of view, its wrong. He is not doing justice to the beliefs he has in himself. The theory of relativity has made speed of light as absolute, so what is the speed of light for living, in my analogy? You must have believe in yourself.

    Many have lost themselves while holding beliefs dearly to their religion (not referring to any particular religion). I really do not like the idea of explaining the universe using science or religion or whatever, because these explanations are mostly mutually exclusive. Well, maybe they do overlap at some areas but let’s not dwell into that. My point is, savor all perceptions and viewpoints about everything you see. You will find it more interesting in appreciating the things around you from different angles rather than trying to find the One correct answer for everything. Yes, like Adam said, look at how life is formed, its so miraculous that anyone could easily understand there is some powerful force/person/machine behind all these.

    I did not make any viewpoints on any particular religion as basically I don’t have an “official” or “registered” religion if you know what I mean. No religion has managed to convince me totally, so I am just following my beliefs. There are some stuff I believe in various religions and of course there are also stuff which I don’t. And I am sure you guys can find ways of explaining my phenomenon from your own viewpoint (religious or scientific or even out of this world). As a result, this has become my own unique religion if you guys want to put it this way. I hope I didn’t digress. I think I didn’t.

    Cheers!

  43. theresa on August 8th, 2007

    Hi Adam, i love this post. you got a great seed of faith in God. well, christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with our creator, its a lifestyle. realised you have that in you. may you continue to serve Him and trust that He is pleased at you. He loves you.

  44. Dick Servatius on May 17th, 2011

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  45. Jason on July 17th, 2011

    Hi Adam,

    You wrote this blog post in 2006 and i happen to read it only now. BAck then, i didn’t know i need to plan for my life and i thought that just follow what everyone is doing which is go to school get a degree and get a safe and secure job. It was until last year which i begin to realise that i seriously need to plan and i need to increase my financial education and intelligence to become successful. I read the book rich dad poor dad and it totally changed the way i think. From last year until now, i’ve been actively learning more about investing, ways to create multiple streams of income and building up my passive income. As i was searching for all the information, i saw your story and conrad alvin lim’s story. This really inspired me to move on and i’ve attended conrad’s preview on wealth academy trader. I’m now actively investing in the stock market and have learned precious lessons that i’ve never known before.

    Regarding your blog post, i feel that you actually know God more than some christians do. I grown up in a christian family and have been a christian all my life. I’ve seen how many people believe that they don’t need to plan for their life and let God plan their life. Even have people believing that being rich is evil and God does not like you to be rich. As what you’ve said, God gives us a passion for something and we should actively pursue our passion and talents that God has given to us. Without hard work, we’ll not be successful. In the past, i was also one of the people who believed that i don’t need to work hard to acheive success. I thought that God will do it. In the end, i did not study hard for my exams in secondary school and failed most of my subjects. Now i believe that if you fail to plan, you’ll plan to fail. All the experiences that i had in my life were not a coincidence and i can see God leading me to what he wants me to do.

    I really respect the things you’re doing now for the society. Especially changing people’s mindset and teaching them the right values. I can see alot of students benefited from your programs and have gone on to lead a better life and also stronger relationships with their family. This is my aim and my purpose in life also: To make a difference in society. I hope to teach people and also contribute back to society by helping those in need. Thank you for your passion and your love for people. Keep on doing and changing people’s lives. All the best!!!

  46. Nena Ronchetto on December 13th, 2011

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In concept I wish to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and precise effort to make an excellent article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and certainly not appear to get something done.

  47. Newton on February 15th, 2012

    You are not doing justice to science by purporting that ‘there was NO WAY that everything could have happened by chance (e.g.’the fact that every single cell/organ/tissue in the human body performs a specific function working together in a symbiotic relationship’).

    Of course, it did not happen by chance, it is through a non-random process entitled ‘Natural Selection’. In fact, this issue has already been logically explained a myriad of times by elite scientist (for example, Professor Richard Dawkins) through rigorous examination of facts and evidences.

    Essentially, the development of such complex life forms are the result of gradual evolution and natural selection (see Charles Darwin’s book for comprehensive details). Note that the age of the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years which suggest that there is plenty of time for evolution and natural selection that gave rise to our modern homosapien specie.

    Also, the numbers of elite academics who have disbelief in god are so numerous, percentages are used to describe the phenomenon e.g. 93% of the FRS disbelieve, 85% of the NAS, 90% of Nobel Laureates, etc.

    References
    “Leading scientists still reject God” Nature, Vol. 394, No. 6691, p. 313 (1998)
    3.3% of the Fellows of the Royal Society believe in god. [R. Elisabeth Cornwell & Michael Stirrat, 2006]
    Intelligent people ‘less likely to believe in God’? – Telegraph, 11 Jun 2008
    Review of 43 studies since 1927 found an inverse correlation between religiosity and intelligence. [Mensa Magazine 2002]

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