In our Christian walk, some of us struggle with obeying God. This relates to obeying the scriptures as well as the personal instructions/assignments God gives us. For most of us, our desire is to please God in how we live our lives. We may declare, “My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent me….” (John 4:34, AMP), but what happens when Father gives you clear instructions that just seems impossible or even absurd. What then?
Recent death of someone I highly respected made me sit back and think. Her life was cut short, in her prime, by a freak accident. And that was the end of it! Then it occurred to me, THAT WAS IT! She could not go back to give her kids a hug or tell her husband she loved him again. As for her career, ministry, purpose, etc, THAT WAS IT! No more chances. It made me wonder that if the time came, would I be truly happy the way I left the world. Were there things I kept putting off? Did I delay enjoying life till I got yet another task/project completed? Was I living purposely till the end? Was I living my life the way I wanted to live it? Many questions flooded my mind and I decided I needed to do 2 things:
1. Number my days i.e. maximising every day I have left.
2. Create new rules to live by. After all, I am the CEO of my life Inc.
Maybe you have been pondering on this too? If that’s the case, DO SOMETHING! Don’t wait for another day. Tomorrow may be too late.
Recently, I have been pondering on the concept of half-time, in sporting events, where the players have the opportunity to rest and recover from the previous half of the game. From what I have seen, it also gives the team the opportunity to regroup and strategise so as to make effective use of the other half of the game – with the view of winning. This got me thinking: If this is done in sports, could we perhaps adopt such notions for our lives?
A few years back when I reached a milestone age (I leave you to guess which one), I made a promise to myself never to lie to myself or worst still, to God. I was inspired by David’s simple prayer, “Keep me from lying to myself…” (Ps 119:29, NLT). Whilst the context was somewhat different, it resonated with me because up until that point, I found myself saying ‘I Do’ (proverbially speaking) in various ways when I really didn’t. I was done pretending! (more…)
Recently, I took a break from my desk and looked outside my office window to get rid of mental cobwebs and refresh myself. I find the view of the meadow, nature, etc. works wonders. Then something caught my attention in the distance – a modern wind turbine. I was intrigued because it kept ticking along though the air felt still and no wind could be felt. Yet, it kept going (more…)
Developing extraordinary hope in difficult times
In difficult times, many experiences diminishing strength and hope especially when it seems God is taking His time in answering our prayers and/or we don’t get what we expect. In such times, we tend to feel abandoned, confused and disappointed. Deep within, a crisis of faith brews that throws up questions like, ‘Where is God?, Does He care? or Why is this happening to me?’. When care is not taken, we find ourselves stuck in one of the three phases of discouragement I highlight in my new book, Healing A Discouraged Heart: Getting Back On Track When Life Lets You Down (ISBN: 978-0-9562606-3-5), namely the ‘S.A.D.’, ‘Dormant’ and ‘Hopeful’ Phase. We cover up with our ‘religious’ masks; whilst the real state of our hearts betray us. (more…)