The Innocents Abroad

“What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him?
To know that you are walking where none others have walked;
that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before;
that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere.
To give birth to an idea–to discover a great thought — an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain–plow had gone over before.
To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find the way to make the lightnings carry your messages.
To be the first–that is the idea.
To do something, say something, see something, before any body else–these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.

What is there in Rome for me to see that others have not seen before me?
What is there for me to touch that others have not touched?
What is there for me to feel, to learn, to hear, to know, that shall thrill me before it pass to others?
What can I discover?
Nothing whatsoever.
One charm of travel dies here.
But if I were only a Roman!
–If, added to my own I could be gifted with modern Roman sloth, modern Roman superstition, and modern Romanboundlessness of ignorance, what bewildering worlds of unsuspected wonders I would discover!
Ah, if I were only a habitant of the Campagna five and twenty miles from Rome!
Then I would travel.”

An excerpt from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Formatted by Sarah Noh

Rome causes you to dig.
Something about it where there are layers and layers of history.
Where the architecture, the visuals, the air all exist horizontally and vertically.
This does not exist in many cities.
You get to discover so many different things.
You get random flashbacks to the past as you see pieces of history.
Buildings that have not been refurbished or mowed over.
Representations and reminders of what life was like and how things should not be taken for granted.



Day 8 – Planned for God’s Purpose

Place: In the living room

Time: 1:04 PM

Mood: Restless but calm at the same time

Point to Ponder: I was planned for God’s pleasure.

Since I sent my laptop in, I have been laptop-less for quite awhile now and still am. no excuses though!

So this chapter talks about worship and how it is more than the customary belief that it is music for God. It is something that we should practice everyday in every moment. God loves it when we do actions that praise him and are for him.

Simple acts such as sleeping, eating, talking and walking should be done as though it is for Jesus Christ.

Something that I found interesting is that Rick Warren says that worship is not for our benefit. It is not part of our lives, it is our life.

Real worship is falling in love with Jesus – having a relationship with him.

The chapter asks what common task I can start doing as if it were directly for Jesus. Well…I know that I already like to speak to him constantly in my mind, especially when I am walking or before I go to sleep. I already do so even when I eat. But, I guess a new thing could be when I am baking, cooking, and cleaning.

Anyways, my dad is back and I noticed that I have been a lot happier. I no longer resort to food out of boredom and for comfort. The days don’t feel as blahh anymore. Still, I know that I hold a bit of anger in me that I am trying to let go of…


Psalm 149:4 – The Lord takes pleasure in his people.





Day 7 – The Reason for Everything

Place: On my bed comfortably listening to Yoon Hyeon Sang’s – ee byul, cham moht hal jeesheeduhlah (lol my romanization fail)

Time: 9:03 PM

Mood: Content although a bit stressed since I got to clean the mess I made in the kitchen…

Today, I am going to type up my thoughts because uploading a video from my home takes forever >< Also, I feel that this is a topic that’s better to just type out about.

To sum it up, the first sentence of the whole chapter wraps it up in my opinion: “It’s all for him.”

AMEN PREACH IT! And yet why is it that we cannot live every day and every thing as though it so for him? I know for sure that I don’t even if I try. Now, granted, I still do many things out of the goodness of my heart that God has blessed me with.

For example, I was jogging a few days ago and saw a Vietnamese couple trying to take a photo of each other (tourists I guess?) and I remember thinking: “Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a photo together?” So, I stopped and asked them, “Would you like me to take a photo of you two?”

They smiled huge beautiful smiles and said “Yes please, thank you!”

I shot a few from different angles and asked if they were good. And they liked them and the man said “You are very sweet!” (with his cute asian accent)

But, I digress. ANYWAYS, Pastor Warren says that there are many ways that we can bring glory to God that are summarized in God’s 5 purposes for our lives.

We bring glory to God by:

1. Worshiping him

2. Loving other believers

3. Becoming like Christ

4. Serving others with our gifts

5. Telling others about him.

I think I unconsciously do all of the above soooo … am I fulfilling my purpose? 🙂 Being cheeky here. But I digress again.

The question to consider asks “Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God’s glory?”

My answer: Just continuing to appreciate even more every aspect that he has graced us with. Just this year did I start to genuinely appreciate the littlest things now: palm trees, a flower, the wind, the grass, the sky, someone’s smile…

Point to Ponder: It’s all for him.

Romans 11:36 – For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory.

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Day 6 – Life is a Temporary Assignment

Place: On my couch
Time: Before Church
Mood: Sweet like that peach I ate

Point to Ponder: This world is not my home.

2 Corinthians 4:18 – So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
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Day 5 – Seeing Life From God’s View

Place: In my bed
Time: Morning ish
Mood: comfortable?
Had trouble uploading on YouTube, so it’s late, but I didn’t cheat myself!
Point to Ponder: Life is a test and a trust.

Luke 16:10 – Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones.
Shields of Strength


Day 4 – Made to Last Forever

Place: Dining Room
Time: 9:14 AM
Mood: None? Just calm

Point to PonderThere is more to life than just here and now.
Preparing for eternity 🙂

1 John 2:17 – This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.
Shields of Strength


Day 3 – What Drives Your Life?

Place: In my Living Room – big surprise
Time: Morninggg
Mood:  “That was a good breakfast” (yea that’s not a mood, but Idk how I was feeling)

Disclaimer: I basically am double posting because these 40 Day posts are also in my Study Abroad blog.

Point to Ponder: Living on purpose is the path to peace.

I wonder if I will be embarrassed later on for sharing these and being so vulnerable; however, I feel like if I really want change and if I really want to radiate God’s light from me, this is the least that I could do as well as always trying to live a life that God would be proud of.
But then again, I don’t really expect anybody to watch these and listen to me LOL – how boring would that be. It’s really for me and my future family anyways.
Isaiah 26:3 – You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.
Shields of Strength