‘Our neighbors hen seems a goose’. Have you ever heard of this proverb? What it is really saying is that what others have always seems better than what we have, even when this is a mile away from the truth. Isn’t this a common position that many people take though?
We often think that what someone else has is better than what we have or we are envious of where someone is in there life. I’ve come to realize that this is often a tool of the enemy to distract us from God purpose for our lives. If he can get us to take our eyes off our prize, we waste time focusing on situations that will not benefit us in the long run. Continue reading →
In this book, Tim Keller takes us on a fascinating journey to reorient our thinking about the nature of the work that we do and its value to God. He provides an excellent analysis of the importance of work and how work is viewed from a biblical standpoint.
He invites us into a deeper discussion of our work as a calling, noting that it is through our work that God achieves his business of sustaining the world. Of interest is his analysis of the move of the world to a place of viewing career as for a man’s individual fulfillment instead of a community benefit.
One of the ideas he looks at is the fall of man and the impact it has had on the nature of our work. He explores the idea that it is because of this fall why there is so much dissatisfaction with work. He proposes that amid all of this, work is inherently good as indicated by God when he finished his work and called it good. We all need to work and there is a sense of something missing when we are not engaged this way. Continue reading →
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:27
Is it just me? This scripture sort of knock me upside the head and says “wait a minute, what are you doing? Is this really helping you? This call to reality moment by Jesus rights my rocking anxiety ship every time. When I read this one verse, slowly but surely I find my self re-calibrating and centering myself back to the main source of comfort and peace in my life.
Unfortunately, our human nature constantly invites us to revert to a incapacitating state of mind where we neglect the goodness of God and his unwavering promises to us. We are constantly tempted to ignore the sovereign nature of God and hopelessly cling to our own ability to solve our problems instead of taking them first to the only one who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all our human expectations. Continue reading →
It’s been a while since I have put together a list of interesting reads from sojourns through the blogosphere. Today I am sharing five blogs that I came across that were interesting. These are all folks who write about striving to understand and live according to God’s purposes. Enjoy! Continue reading →
Recently I saw this video of a man who walked the catwalk at 80 years old. Now, I have no interest in walking the catwalk, but I admired his belief that he could do anything he set his mind to, regardless of his age. Over the course of his life, he had many opportunities and some failures. The one thing he spoke about the most was never giving up on your dreams and never believing that it is too late to achieve anything.
As a late comer to the world of writing I can relate. I’ve had the desire to tell stories for a long time but never fully embraced it. I needed a reason to write and once I found my reason it was the beginning of a new dream. Continue reading →
In one of his videos, Seth Godin speaks about the idea that when you are trying to start a project or a new venture you shouldn’t be too keen on seeking reassurance. He opines that this need for reassurance is basically us giving in to our fears and needing someone to tell us that everything is going to be okay.
This seeking reassurance prevents us from taking risks because if we don’t get it we might never take any action. He adds that it is not so important for us to seek reassurance but be willing to take a risk. Continue reading →
The audible notifications that we receive from our phones are said to activate the same response in our brain as when someone taps us on the shoulder. It is no wonder we have such a hard time resisting when we hear the sound.
Somehow we feel compelled to see what we are being notified about. It is as if there never existed a time when humans could function without constant knowledge of what is going on around them in real time.
We get so caught up in everything around us and sometimes we forget to focus on the main thing. In Luke 10, 38-42, we see the story of Mary and Martha preparing for Jesus’ visit. Martha became ruffled because Mary was not helping her with the chores and instead was focused on sitting at Jesus’s feet and listening to him. Continue reading →
Without a doubt reading offers many benefits to bloggers and writers. For some of us though, making time to read is where the difficulty sets in. In this post, I would like to offer a few suggestion that can help with that.
Read from an electronic device
Reading from an electronic device makes your reading material easily accessible. Easy accessibility enhances the possibility of reading because you have your books handy if an opportunity presents itself. Usually they are smaller than a book which make it easier to carry them around. This one size also allows you to carry several books at one time. Continue reading →
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:25 ESV
One of the great things I observed about the recent Olympics was how the successful athletes were able to keep their focus. Each athlete had his own way of maintaining his focus. I am sure they were aware of their opponents but it was in their best interest to focus on what they needed to do to achieve the prize. Continue reading →
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write. Simple as that”. Stephen King
Most successful writers will tell you that you must read in order to be a good writer. I am a passionate advocate of reading, mainly because of how my imagination is stimulated when I read a book. Reading can transfer you to other places and times when you take the time to do it. You are taken on a journey inside the mind of someone else and you get to interact with their creative process. Continue reading →