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A Good Thing

A Good Thing

A Good Thing

May today there be peace within

May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun.

It is there for each and every one of us.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:1-2

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Who is Truly Blessed

Who is Truly Blessed

Who is Truly Blessed

Long time ago, there lived a great king and two beggars who always stood at the gate of the king’s palace every day.

As the king rode by, the first beggar would say, “Blessed is he whom the king helps”; while the second beggar would say, “Blessed is he whom God helps”.

The king always felt pleased to hear the praise of the first beggar. One evening the king decided to reward the first beggar for all the praise; he ordered his baker to bake a cake and wrapped gold inside the cake. The next day as he rode by, he gave the cake to the first beggar as he hailed him as usual.

The first beggar who was in dire need of cash sold the cake to the second beggar at a cheap price. When the second beggar cut open the cake he saw the gold, sold them and became a wealthy man. He did not return back to the king’s gate the next day.

As the king rode out of his palace the next day, he saw the first beggar still begging for money and stopped to ask him if he ate the cake he gave him.

The first beggar replied, “No sir. I sold it to my friend who was here with me yesterday; I have not seen him today.”

The king shook his head, highly disappointed, and muttered silently to himself, “Indeed, blessed is he whom God helps.”

God is all-knowing. He has not forgotten you. He always does His work just in time. So trust Him even when you don’t understand His will.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – Psalm 34:8

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The Danger of Traditional Mindset

The Danger of Traditional Mindset

The Danger of Traditional Mindset

An army barracks had four soldiers guarding a concrete slab in front of the barracks at all times. Different commanders came and went, but the tradition remained; the soldiers changed shifts guarding the slab.

​After 80 years, a new commander was assigned to the barracks.​ One of the things he did was to ask why things were done the way they were. When he asked why soldiers were guarding the slab, he was told, “We’ve always done it this way. It’s our tradition.​ Our former commanders instructed us to do that.”

The commander was bent on finding out the reason for this practice. He went to the archives to look for answers and came across a document that had the explanation. The document was very old. It had instructions written by one of the retired commanders who had even passed away.

The new commander learnt that over 80 years ago, the barracks wanted to build a platform where events could be performed. When the concrete slab was laid, wild animals walked over it at night before the slab could dry.​ The soldiers would fix it the next morning but when evening came the same thing would happen. So the commander ordered that four soldiers should guard the concrete slab for three weeks to allow it to dry.

​The following week, the commander was transferred to handle another assignment elsewhere, and a new commander was brought in.​ The new commander found the routine and continued to enforce it without asking any questions. And since then, every other commander that came did the same.

Thus, 80 years later; soldiers continued guarding the concrete slab. ​An assignment that was ordinarily designed to last just three weeks took 80 years of ignorance​ with hard labour.

​Are you carrying on obsolete beliefs, attitudes and traditions that were relevant to certain people or a certain time?​ What is your opinion about yourself, people of a different race, politics, certain business opportunities, new products, etc?

​You might just be guarding a concrete slab!

​Ignorance can make you work hard without progress. Think about it.

Author Unknown

Meditation: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2

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Some Thoughts to End Your Year

Some Thoughts to End Your Year

Some Thoughts to End Your Year

Learn to ignore and overlook many things if you truly want happiness in life, because the easiest way to a miserable life is to think that everybody is talking about you.

Never allow anyone to steal your joy from you.

What people say at your back is none of your business, as long as you are true to yourself. Never worry about that.

Sometimes minding your own business does not keep people out of your business.

No matter your situation in life people will always talk. You can never stop people from talking about you, what you can do is to stop giving them what to talk about.

There is a time limit for every rumor in life. Never allow freelance broadcasters put your life on hold. Do what makes you happy. Anyone who cannot feel your pain, has no right to judge you in life. Seventy percent of those who talk bad about you behind your back, wish to be like you.

When people can’t be like you they try to bring you down and condemn what you have. Those without money will sarcastically say money is not everything in life. Is poverty anything?

Never allow anyone to put you in a position of depression and self-pity in life. Those whose lives have no joy will always find every means to remove happiness from other people’s lives.

If there is the grace of God in your life, then enemies are inevitable. If no one ever gossiped or talked bad about you, it probably means nothing much has ever happened to you.

Never feel bad when old friends become new enemies. They are just tired of pretending to be friends.

Never allow the opinions of people who didn’t see your tears stop your laughter in life. You don’t owe anybody an explanation to be happy.

Never see yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you.

To be beautiful means to be yourself. To stand out is to be outstanding. You do not need to be accepted by others. You just need to accept yourself.

Never beg anyone to accept you for who you are. Anything you acquire through begging will require begging to maintain or retain.

Be humble but selective. Being selective doesn’t mean you are arrogant or proud. It simply means you know your worth. If you are conscious of your personality, avoid too much familiarity.

Sometimes when you treat people too much like celebrities, they end up treating you like an ordinary person. You are equally important.

Never downgrade yourself while trying to upgrade anybody in life. Anyone who sees you like an option doesn’t deserve to be a priority in your life.

The dream of a fool is for everybody to become a fool like himself. Avoid negative people if you have a dream. Those without a mission will say your vision is just an illusion.

Negative minds will never give you a positive life. Anyone who is always reminding you about what is wrong with you has a personal problem which he/she wants to take out on you.

Most people spend half of their entire life analysing the faults in other people’s lives, when their own lives need urgent repairs.

Never worry yourself about enemies and friends, because everybody in your life will eventually fall into one of the two categories.

Some will hate you and some will love you. Loving you or hating you are both in your favour. When people love you, you live peacefully and happily in their hearts, and when people hate you, you become the landlord in their heads living painfully in their brain every day and giving them sleepless nights.

The best awaits you in 2022!

Author Unknown

Meditation: You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. – Psalm 65:11

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How to Live in Harmony with Other People

How to Live in Harmony with Other People

How to Live in Harmony with Other People

A teacher teaching Maths to a six-year-old asked him, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

Within a few seconds, the boy replied confidently, “Four!”

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).

She was disappointed. “Maybe he did not listen properly,” she thought.

She repeated, “Please listen carefully. It is very simple. You will be able to do it right if you listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

The boy had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face. He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make his teacher happy.

This time, hesitatingly, he replied, “Four…”

The disappointment stayed on the teacher’s face. She remembered that the boy loves strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn’t like apples and that is making him lose focus.

This time, with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling eyes, she asked, “If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many will you have?”

Seeing the teacher happy, the young boy calculated on his fingers again. There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her new approach to succeed.

With a hesitating smile, the young boy replied, “Three?”

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained.

Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?”

Promptly the answer was “Four!”

The teacher was aghast.

“How….tell me, how?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating, the young boy replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.”

Learn point: When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you are expecting, they are not necessarily wrong. There may be an angle that we may not have understood at all. We need to learn to appreciate and understand different perspectives.

Quite often, we try and impose our perspectives on others and then wonder what went wrong. The next time someone gives you a different perspective than yours, sit down and gently ask, “Can you please help me understand?” That is how to live in harmony with other people with no room for rancour.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord… – Isaiah 1:18

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Life Lessons from the ATM Machine

Life Lessons from the ATM Machine

Life Lessons from the ATM Machine

Yesterday I was at the ATM to get some cash because I needed money. As I started to transact, the ATM showed me a message; ‘Please insert your card.’

I did.

Then another message popped up, ‘Please enter your pin code.’

I did.

And then another message came, ‘…select the amount.’

I did that too.

After I had done all these, the ATM showed me a message in BOLD letters: YOUR TRANSACTION IS BEING PROCESSED, PLEASE WAIT!

Allow me to say, when you have done all the things you can – you have prayed, you have fasted, you have even asked others to pray with you and for you; but it seems as if nothing is happening in your life, wait patiently don’t give up. Don’t move because your request is being processed.

WAIT!

What made me wait was because my card was already in the ATM; I had already entered my pin code. If I give up now and walk away, the next person would be the one to receive all that I had requested.

It’s not that your messages aren’t heard; it’s not that your prayers are irrelevant; it’s not that your fasting is meaningless, you are having to wait because YOUR TRANSACTION IS BEING PROCESSED.

Wait and murmur not. Do not think you were born to suffer. Your prayers are being processed, so wait upon the Lord.

I Know it’s not easy, but I encourage you… WAIT!

Author Unknown

As the Bible says in Isaiah 40vs31: But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

YOUR TRANSACTION IS BEING PROCESSED. PLEASE WAIT.

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