Monday, October 5, 2015

Eternity Focus Living #1

One of the mark of eternity focus living is the heart of generosity.

1 Timothy 6:18-19 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I decided : - Walking with God in Broken Places.

I decided:
The race is not endless.
The time to run is not without limits.
A finish line has been drawn in my life.

No time left:
To waste
To change lanes
To run sideways or backward
To run slowly and wave at the crowd
To run circles around the slower ones,
To run in the crowd of the mediocre.

The part of the race behind me cannot be re-run.
I can only run what is left of the race which is before me.
It is time to run like Hell is hot on my heels
And Heaven’s open door is before me.
To run with purpose and power.

To run in a way that uses my gifts from God,
My resources,
My experience,
My skills to the maximum!

To run without yielding to distractions.
To run and not be deterred by any relationship,
But, to be spurred on by my relationship with Jesus.

To run so that when the race is over,
My past will benefit the future of others.
To run in such a way the spectators will not say,
“What a runner!”
But, they will say,
“What a Race!”

- John La Noue & Kaywin La Noue: Walking with God in Broken Places.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Morning Reflection - Idols

I was reflecting on 1 John 5:21 this morning. The Living Translation says "Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. Amen."

Other translations says "keep yourselves from idols". In the most basic sense, an idol is anything that takes the rightful place of God in our life. Apostle Paul equated covetousness or greed with idolatry. Our career, our pursuit of money, our possessions, excessive devotion to leisure and recreation, or even putting a human relationship ahead of our relationship with God, may all become idols. Our ministry can be an idol too if we fail to put God first. Nothing is more dangerous than making our ministries or jobs first in our life and relegating the God of those ministries to second place
Zooming in we can see that at the root of all of these is the idol of SELF - Me, Myself and I.

Be Blessed.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Greatest love of all .....

About 25 years ago, my English teacher used Whitney Houston’s song, “The Greatest Love of All” for her listening comprehension lesson. Towards the end of the lesson, she asked a very defining question to her students - “Do  you  agree  with  the  singer  that  the greatest  love  of  all  is  loving  yourself?”. Many of my classmates agreed with the singer. Deep within me, I was praying for courage to disagree with my classmates.  After a while I took the courage and responded saying that I disagree with the singer. For me, the greatest love of all is God’s love.

I accepted the Lord two years before this question was raised. I saw the love of God reaching out to me and transforming me. 1 John 4:10 says “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Sometimes we need reminding that God loves us. We focus on the difficulties of life and wonder, Where is the love? But if we pause and consider all that God has done for us, we remember how much we are loved by God, who is love (1 John 4:8-10). The greatest love of all demands the greatest sacrifice of all and on the cross Jesus died for all our iniquities.

Be Blessed.