Saturday, March 3, 2012

Just Once

I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do
Or any kindness that I can show
To any human being let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it
for I shall not pass this way again.

Countdown: 37 days till Easter.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Seek Him

Lent need not always be in denial and fasting but rather a change of mind and heart. Sometimes it is easier to give up on things, but more difficult to forgive.

Lent is about changing one's mind-set toward whole new ways of thinking and acting, with prayer, love and care for our neighbor and repentance for our sinfulness.

All of the above difficult tasks can be accomplished with the help of one person - Jesus Christ. Seek Him. Being near Him and with Him will give us the strength to do it all, as mentioned in Psalms 105:4

Listen to what God tells us:
I call you in the early morning hour  
For I, your Father, would speak to you.  
Show me your face and I will show you Mine.  
Let me hear your voice and you will hear Mine.  
The cooing of the turtle dove is heard in the land.  
I have much to say to you, Come then, My love, come.  
Place your hand in the hand of My Resurrected Son.  
Feel the resurgence of the Resurrection power  
Healing, restoring, and dispelling all that is darkness. 

Countdown: 37 days till Easter.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Keep the fork

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her pastor and had him come  to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favourite Bible.

Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly. "What's that?" came thepastor's reply. "This is very important," the woman continued.."I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."  The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say.. "That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked. "Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.

The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, "keep your fork." It was my favorite part because I  knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: "Keep Your Fork..The best is yet to come"

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She KNEW that something better was coming. At the funeral people were walking by the woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favorite Bible and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over the pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you oh so gently, that the best is yet to come..

Countdown: 38 days till Easter.

Credits: Kathy Mears

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bearing the cross

"For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous." - Romans 5:19.

Many philosophers blame God, and have asked this questions, "How can a loving God allow so much pain, immorality and suffering in the world?"

Upon creating human beings, God gave us a free will.  He did not program us like robots - to do mundane tasks just one way.  Instead, He gave us the ability to choose:
to choose our house,
to choose items that go inside our house,
to choose the food we eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner,
to choose our friends,
to choose those friends we talk and walk more often with,
to choose those friends we bring over to our house,
to choose the places/gathering we go to, etc.

If you feel that you landed at a place filled with disobedience, you could reverse that with the help of Jesus Christ.  It's not all that easy; instead it's a road filled with hardships, backstabbing and hatred.

It's through obedience to God, and total submission that you could make the entire place righteous. Intense prayer and fasting will take you there. Do not expect any miracles overnight, but prepare yourself for a long haul where everyone could abandon you - even your loved ones.

Are you upto that challenge?  If so, you need to fast and pray for the intervention of the Holy Spirit. You need to become a totally new person and get ready to embrace that change. Are you willing to be that role model and let people learn from your actions, thoughts and kind deeds? In short, you need to carry your cross and follow Him.

Cross is not just a burden - it's far more than that.  It was the instrument for Jesus' death and total sacrifice.

While carrying the cross, it's not our personal priorities that we should be caring for.  Now, it's God's priorities that need to be attended to, without fail and with 100% dedication.

While we carry the cross, where are we heading to?  Jesus told his disciples that He was going to die.  Be prepared to die, when carrying your cross. Death is not always just the physical death - it could be death to the popularity you gained, the death of the good name you acquired in the society, it could mean 'game over' to many of those things you cherish as valuable today.

Countdown: 39 days till Easter.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Heavenly home

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." - John 14:3

Once when I asked my Sunday school class about heaven, the answer they gave me was something similar to what adults had in mind too - a place of clouds where people wear white robes and halos, and do nothing except play harps.

Really, what is heaven like?

It's the real home, with the most loving Father. It's a place of security, a permanent place to live, and a place of refuge. A place where there is no sorrow, no pain, but rejoicing and praise for our Heavenly Father. There's a longing within all of us to find our 'true home.' Heaven is our true home with a Father, our loved ones, the ones who love God as they're supposed to be. It is totally foreign to any kind of life we’d actually known on earth.

When we are in heaven, all of us we like to have a body that doesn't break or get wrinkled, we would like to have relationships that don’t get tangled up and confused; We would like to be able enjoy food without getting fat, sick or both - we get that sort of body when we return home.

How can you be sure you'll get to that home? Is there a map or rules to follow?

It comes through a person - Jesus Christ. As He talked about a heavenly home, He added that He is the only way for us to truly come home.

Let's walk with that one person - Jesus, who talks about the heavenly home.

Countdown: 40 days till Easter

God - I need only U

Credits: Raju Thomas

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Helper

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." - John 14:26

The above verse is from the New American Standard version. It translates the Greek word "paraclete" ("Holy Spirit") as the Helper.

In the King James Version,  Helper = Comforter.

In the New International Version, Helper = Counselor.

In the New English Version , Helper = Advocate.

All four translations give us a more complete picture of the Holy Spirit. He is our Helper, Advocate, Counselor, and Comforter.

Helper = He empowers us with a “want to” to follow Jesus.

Advocate = He reminds us that God is for us and He loves us.

Counselor = He is our teacher and guides us in how to understand and apply God's Word to our everyday life. He gives us wisdom.

Comforter = He is our greatest, most compassionate encourager in a time of need.

To know Jesus means receiving the most fabulous and wonderful gift - the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Walking with Jesus - an exciting adventure and THE TRIP of a lifetime.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My worship

Good morning dear friends,

I had been gone for sometime due to work related activities. Yes - I read the anonymous comment on my recent blog, asking me to come back. Thank you, whoever that was - felt good after reading that and thought, "Hmm... someone noticed that I am gone."

Here is my little story surrounding my disappearance:

These days, 'work is my worship' and am fully immersed in it. My current work is an extremely challenging sport and I thoroughly love and enjoy playing it (yes, you read it right- it's a sport and I am playing it). Time is the only element that's scarce in my game - hence smart time management is critical for me to succeed.

My work and responsibilities just pulled me in completely and am currently working on some 'bleeding edge' technology (bleeding edge is a slang & is the latest of latest technology - one step ahead of the 'cutting edge' tech). This week, I'll be gone to multiple cities on the east coast to advice customers on how they should plan their 'technology roadmap' for the future, and will be back home only Friday night. The feeling of advising  multi-billion dollar customers on what to do next is an honor by itself, and when they are actually listening to you, it makes you overwhelmed with professional satisfaction.

Having said that, I attribute everything to the Holy Spirit for providing me with the timely wisdom to do so. I am immensely thankful and my prime allegiance is towards God the Father, for providing me with an opportunity.  I hope to do a decent job by walking alongside with Jesus and have absolutely no fear when Jesus is with me. I could not attend church today, and the Trinity knows exactly what's going on in my life - hence I do not need to convince any humans.

Sometime back, I remember reading somewhere - a short life full of action is much better than a long life of inactivity and indolence. An oak tree lives for hundreds of years and falls down as a dry, bald and useless log of wood. On the other hand, a lily flower lives only for a day but it spreads its sweet fragrance all around and it is a source of joy and pleasure for all. I am totally aware that my days are numbered and it's up to me how I live - I make the choice, myself.  If I want to live a good life, then a 'good life' is a life lived for the good of others. It is a selfless life of service and dedication to others - to my family and loved ones. To me, God created me in His own image and He expects me to make some positive contributions to His world during my short life time - other than just eating, drinking, sleeping and having fun.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote:

“The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”


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