The right model?

Tonight I’ve sat through two difficult moments.
Difficult because in both occasions I was being acknowledged for the efforts made and the outcomes being positive. It’s great when people say nice things but, how often do I take the trouble to express my appreciation for someone who has done something meaningful?

In the midst of a busy crazy, thankful day, I missed wishing my 93 year old uncle a happy birthday, and this is unacceptable if I am to sincerely show love?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6;8

Despite the requirements for us to act justly I seem to miss the basics. I know that something is wrong to manage my time!

Heart of JOY!

Sunday was a really tiring day but I got a little time to catch a nap too! I had the opportunity of sharing Gods word in the morning and evening service and I was personally excited, this morning I am really asking WHY was I so excited?

No, its not that all came to me to say that the message was good, in fact, I know that I asked the congregation to raise their hands and confirm their role in evangelizing and only a few reluctant hands were raise, so I was not expecting any positive feedback! Why was I so excited?

This morning I read that Jesus’ final teaching with His disciples the night before He died on the cross was of His extravagant love for them—that He loved them as the Father loved Him (John 15:9). After sharing what this eternal relationship looks like, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (v.11).

I now understandchurch-logo-11 clearly the promise! Through Jesus Christ our hearts are filled with joy—real joy! This Joy allows me to just do things to bring Him glory. I am so proud of my little Church, I am so joyful for the congregation, because I know that they will, one day, experience the same Joy I have!

Evangelism – the Supreme Task of Every Believer 

Today’s appointed readings lead us to the post resurrection events and the command to GO out! I shared the word at our morning worship and was really encouraged to apply my learning.

The focus was on the response of the disciples and the command Jesus gave them.

With our parish mission program next week, I was able to ask as to how we are reaching out. My joy was to share statistics in AV, how important seeing and hearing was for a learning impact and the outcome of my FB page advert that enabled us to reach 900+, 800 of them being in the 15 to 34 age group.

Most important was to call for a verdict to reach outside the church to those who do not know Jesus!

Truly was a blessed morning!

It’s all about You!

Cindy was in deep sleep when the alarm went off, I lay awake pondering over the last 20 years of our marriage, what a journey it has been and what a lot to be thankful and grateful for. I slowly got out of bed to get ready for my morning quiet time when the fire began!! I call her the fire and me the fireman! She made sure we started the day by giving thanks for all the blessings God has so graciously bestowed upon us. I asked her was it really 20 years….it just feels like yesterday!! If I am to think how I would have managed the last 20 years without her, I would not be able to even imagine.

11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power

    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;

    you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11

Today is also a day when I celebrate a new year in my life, 49 years have rolled by and my only question is, have I fulfilled my purpose? The more I think of it, the more I am aware that I have a lot more to work on to achieve my personal vision. Unless I am disciplined, I will never achieve this and truly this is my personal commitment.

Cindy and I have so much to be thankful for because we were loved first! There is no greater feeling than knowing how much God cares and loves us! We are blessed with wonderful parents, our teachers & mentors who guided us then and continue to do so now, our boys who keep us reminded of our earthly responsibility and our family and friends who surround us. The telephone never stops ringing on a day like today, its all because friends and loved ones truly care, oh what a wonderful blessing!

Our prayer is that we will continue to develop and discipline our lives, so that we will shine for Him, that others will see the light, that the impact will be eternal.

Today we will upgrade our car!

As the 4 of us gathered together, this topic is probably the most exciting subject, already we know what model and how much and when to get it and so on…….

Our devotional passage is from Hebrews 13:1-6 and 4 strong points are raised:

  • Show hospitality to strangers – we don’t, we treat them with suspicion

  • Remember those in prison as if we were with them – this is the last thing that crosses are minds

  • Marriage should be honored – taken totally for granted

  • Do not love money and be content – sorry but we don’t understand this

We were able to spend a great deal of time discussing each of these aspects, much learning is needed and much to be done. If a stranger asks to use the toilet at home, where do we direct them, will we make an effort to visit prisoners this month, knowing that if one of us were in prison, then this is not a commitment to make, how can we keep our marriage sacred and can we make an effort daily to be open with each other and most important, can we not be moved by the paper ads and TV ads and keep thinking of how we ‘upgrade’ to something better and learn to be content?

Our prayer is that we will learn to be thankful and satisfied and not be victims of pressure to ‘keep up’ to what the world says is the right way to live.

But godliness with contentment is great gain

Worship what?

This morning we looked around the garden and marveled at creation. The DIL_2583-002birds are so beautiful but guess what, we were able to reflect on the fact that they do not worry about their next meal, they just fly about and nibble at what they find. And then we as a family are so worried about what is going to be on the table for the next meal, not that we are worried about if we get food, we are more worried about what is on the menu!

Walking around20170413_095016 the garden opens our eyes to the beautiful flowers, they are so pretty when they bloom. They are created to be beautiful! On the other hand, we are so worried about what we wear and how we look and we spend so much time and effort to make sure we look really good!

Today we were able to reflect on a very important reading.  This truly was so meaningful that it really helped the 4 of us to ask the hard questions on what really worries us and what is it that we truly worship over our Lord. We were able to deal with the fact that we cannot serve two masters, money and God. The more I looked out of the window or walked in the garden and saw the birds, the flowers, or when in the wild, we look for the animals, we are reminded that they cannot worry about the next meal or how they look, its all taken care of. So much so then for us, does our Lord not love us much more?

We talked about giving to someone what we considered as ‘maintaining our lifestyle’ and asked each other if by giving, would we feel that we have lowered our lifestyle and therefore be worried? It surely was a meaningful discussion.

We were able to pray that our focus should be to renew our hearts to worship our Lord and not focus on the worldly desires. Isn’t it wonderful even to have this discussion!

Ownership

17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

I read from Deuteronomy 8 and was really made aware that God surely is the ruler of all things. Psalm 50 is God speaking to us and telling us how he is in control.

We act out lives daily as if God owes us so much. Our daily walk is as if we are so great, that all we do and say is because of who WE are, better said, as if I am in control and that I am able to do everything on my own accord.

HSBC has changed the look of their internet banking site and as I logged into my account, a few days back, something that struck me at first glance was ‘Dil, this is how much YOU are worth’! My whole outlook for that moment shifted, I was all myself, how much I needed to do more to increase the figure in my account if I wanted to feel comfortable enough, what more did I have to do to feel ‘safe’! The very next moment, I was reminded of Job 41, 11 – Everything under heaven belongs to me.

April and December are 2 months I look forward to, its ‘bonus’ month! Its always nice to have a little extra money! I was waiting in hope for the text message from the bank to say that the bonus was deposited but I also know that for good and valid reasons, I will not be entitled to my bonus. I have exceeded my leave entitlement! Isn’t it common that when we do not have enough, we go to God and say HELP!

I am also beginning to learn that I cannot forget the loving nature of my God, He owns everything and all I have is what He gives me, am I not able to live thankfully for everything I have than expect more? Am I able to Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High’, for what He has already given me?

Lord I pray that each day I will be reminded and renewed that all I have comes from you and what my family and I do with my spending must be to honor you. Our spending has to be to honor you.