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29Jun/107

The Law of Attraction

Have you ever heard of the law of attraction? Do you believe it? It's basically the belief that what you focus on will expand in your life. 

If you constantly think about how difficult life is, you are attracting more difficulties to yourself, conversely if you focus on what is good, the good in your life will expand. 

Some people take this a step further by focusing on very specific things such an amount of money, their dream house, the body they want, or something they want to buy. They post pictures of their goal on their walls, verbalize it, and regularly devote time to focus on it.

Studying business theory and reading biographies of famous businessmen, I've found that many very successful people attribute their accomplishments to this principle.
"When you focus on and start moving in the direction that you believe is your destiny, the universe will surge forward to help you"

I've had to ask myself how does this work? Is it a replacement for prayer? Can it do the same things that Christians believe to be miracles? Is it ok for me to believe in this principle? Then I was reminded of something I learned as a child, and it went like this:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
(Philippians 4:8 KJV)

I think that Paul here is applying the principle of the law of attraction! Think (focus) on the things above enough and they will expand in you giving you a better quality of life, and will bring you close to Christ.

I've adapted the application of this verse in my life and started mentally focusing on specific, achievable, quantifiable, time-specific goals which will bring me closer to where I want to be in life, and no, it has not reduced my dependance on prayer, but rather enhanced the time I spend in it.

22Jun/1010

You Don’t Know Pain

This morning I got a call from school asking me to come right away. My son, Makoto was hurt. From the tone of the voice on the phone I could tell that it was serious. My wife and I rushed to the school to see him.

We found him in the medical room holding his arm and crying in pain. There were two teachers trying to comfort him. His right arm was loosely wrapped in gauze, and tied in a sling around his neck. Next to him on the floor was his school-bag and hat, ready to go with him. They told us that he had fallen from a climbing frame and that he might have broken his arm.

I carried him to the car and drove to the nearest orthopedist, who right away could tell his arm was broken. After unwrapping the gauze it was obvious to the untrained eye that it was a bad break. He seemed to have a second elbow between his wrist and elbow, with his wrist pointing up at about a 45 degree angle. This sight gave me a sick feeling in my stomach, as I tried to remain calm and comfort my crying son. Natacha tried to explain to him that the doctor would have to straighten his arm in order for it it heal properly. After the X-rays we could see that both his radius and ulna had snapped completely through.

The next part was the most difficult. I had to hold him on my lap as the doctor and nurse used a large amount of force to pull apart and straighten the bones in his arm. This took about two minutes, and all the while I held my son and listened to him scream uncontrollably in excruciating pain like I've never experienced before. My wife had to leave the room as the scene was too much for her to take.

I cried.

I never wanted to see my own child suffer so much pain. I felt the pain he was suffering as he clenched my thumb with his little fist. I cried the tears he cried as he screamed in pain. I wished I could do it in his place, that somehow, me suffering the same pain would make him get better--but I couldn't.

By the time they had finished setting the bones, and making a cast for his arm, he had gotten over the pain. It seemed to disappear magically, and he even managed to crack a smile at the doctor and thank him.

Leaving the clinic, I found a renewed respect for him. He's my hero. Even though he didn't choose to break his arm or to suffer that pain, he went through it bravely, manifested when he smiled and thanked the doctor only minutes after he had caused him what was probably the severest pain he ever felt in his life.

You don't know pain until you've suffered it. You don't know pain until you've felt it through the one you love.


Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV)
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

15Jun/102

So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore

I recently read the book "So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore" by Jake Coleson, except Jake Coleson does not exist, but is a pseudonym for the combined work of Dave Coleman and Wayne Jacobson.

Although this work of fiction creates a story which most people would agree is the epitome rather than the norm, it does so in order to very clearly illustrate the points the author wants to bring across. As I read the book, it sometimes reminded me of the very simple parables that Jesus used to illustrate his teachings.

In the story, Jake Colsen, a disillusioned pastor of a dysfunctional church meets someone who he believes may be John the Beloved from the New Testament. He repeatedly meets this man throughout the story and discovers new truths and observations comparing what Jesus had taught in the Bible versus the way most churches operate and teach their parishioners to live today.

If you haven't read this book yet you just might want to, because it's helped me to formulate so many of the thoughts that have been floating around in my head lately.

As many of you know and may be experiencing yourselves, I'm facing some pretty big changes in my lifestyle and the future of my personal family. As a Christian I want to be effective in my life and service for the Lord, while at the same time successful as father and financial provider for my wife and children.

This is nothing new for Christians worldwide, and I deeply respect those who have gone on before me and successfully found their balance between the two. I believe that I will find my balance by becoming financially successful with my business endeavors and through this new level of success I will be able to, as a peer, reach those who I would previously not have had access to.

Community, friendship, and support are some methods through which we modern-day Christians can demonstrate our love for our brethren and neighbors and at the same time show our love to Jesus.

"In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me."