Get up in the morning, eat cereal, go to work, get back home, eat some dinner, watch TV, go to sleep…Does this sound like your life? It’s a drop dead striking reflection of what’s been happening in mine. This isn’t me whining; I have a great life. I love my job, I’ve got everything I need, a family, loads of friends, a support system..

But doesn’t it feel like something is missing still? Shouldn’t life be more than just a dull routine? Shouldn’t it have more meaning? So, I started searching. I started digging up things, looking for a purpose in life. I began reading a whole bunch from the tons of resources available online. Multiple perspectives, different ideas, case after case, the world of free thought is pretty much exploding online at the moment.

This is what I ended up with.

We were all put on this earth for a purpose. Having said that, there are two kinds of people; One group who succumb to the mediocrity of life and sink in or Two, people who always yearn for more and go hunting for a meaning. If you’re still reading this post, you’re in the second category! While we seek a purpose, you need to understand that we’re all wired to do something. That could be science or designing or engineering or closing deals or working with tech, you keep doing that. A purpose driven life doesn’t necessarily mean that you quit your day job and go around throwing your weight on others to bear.

Once God and Moses were having a conversation near a burning bush and Moses was standing there afraid, confused and lost. God had just told him to pretty much go stand in front of a moving train. That’s what it would be like to go back to Egypt and stand before the Pharaoh asking him to release all the slaves. And this is what God said to this fearful man, “What’s in your hand?”. He had a staff and God asked him to lay it down. His staff was a symbol of his Income, Identity and Influence as he herded cattle. When he gave this up, it turned into a snake and freaked the life out of Pharaoh and his minions.

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What do you have in your hand? Health, Influence, Finances, Time, Ideas, Skills, it could be anything. Just like the boy who gave his 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to Jesus and He fed 5000 people with it, lay down what’s in your hand. Once you identify what you have and give it to Jesus, you’re going to see your ordinary skill transformed into something extraordinary. God’s got an extremely detailed master plan for your life and this is just step 1. Identify what you have and give up control. You were born to leave a significant mark and make a difference. Holding on to your gifts are just plain useless. Releasing them gets you one step closer to creating an impact by elevating someone else’s life.

This is me taking my first step and using my ability to write. What’s in your hand?

Hope you have a Brilliant day ahead! 🙂

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My dad was a man after God’s own heart. He was the King of Israel but it wasn’t just handed down to him. He had to face adversity after adversity before he got the throne. He taught me every single day to walk in the path of the Lord and to trust in Him and His ways. This was just theory to me, well, until now. Imagine being taken from a life of luxury and handed down a kingdom to rule. Half the time, I can’t even feel my feet because of the fear of screwing up everything my father built.

Now, Imagine my shock when God appeared to me in a dream. Why me? I shouldn’t even be the King. My parents weren’t even supposed to be together. My father got my mother’s first husband killed and took her to be his wife. I’ve heard the stories. I’m technically the fruit of a mistake, of sin, of something unholy, of something that should not have been. They ended up losing their first child because what they did was abominable. I’ve always felt like the least important person in the palace. I have brothers who deserve to be on this throne; brave valiant soldiers, yet somehow, I’m the King now. Either way, let me continue…His question was simple and direct. He said, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” Most people would have flipped out because this isn’t something that happens every day. God doesn’t just go around handing out wishes like a genie. Once the shock wore off, I started to wonder. I’m human so I did think about asking for wealth, but I decided against it. After a few minutes, I knew exactly what I needed.

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I asked God for Wisdom. I asked for a discerning heart to know right from wrong. I asked for insight into the minds of the people I would rule. I need to understand their perceptions and be able to be a leader. I asked for prudence to be able to administer justice. I wanted to leave a mark on the sands of time as a leader and a ruler who was just and always walked according to the Lord.

I don’t know why but God said that He would bless me with wealth and riches and would make me a great King because I asked for what is most important. One simple condition: Walk in Obedience, keep His decrees and walk in the steps of my father. I’m sure that it won’t be easy, but I’m determined to make my Father and my God proud. I was given this position of power for a reason, I won’t let my past or my fears hold me back. With God by my side and a heart which throbs for this nation, I’m ready to take my place.

Now, for the real question, if God asks you this question, What would you say? What would you want more than anything in the world? Where does your heart lie? What are your priorities? That’s some food for thought. Let me leave you with something my dad always used to say, ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart’.

– Solomon (Now, King Solomon, I sure hope I get used to this)

While you’re at it, check out 1 Kings 3 for the entire story.
Have a wonderful weekend ahead! 🙂

Protestants, Catholics, Baptist, Brethren, Believers, take a look around you and you’d realize the extent to which we’ve created segregation. Don’t wear jewelry, wear white clothes, women should be silent in churches, Don’t sing loudly… We’re often so focused on the rules and regulations that we lose out on the essence of God’s love. He doesn’t care. You can go to church in your Sunday best or a shabby tee and jeans. He doesn’t care about how important you are; you could be the president for all He cares and even if the church elders give you a special position, in God’s books, you’re nothing; a Big Fat zero.

As far as God is concerned, the criteria is simple. If you love God, you have a place in His kingdom. No formalities, no questions asked. He takes one look into your heart and that’s that. Irrespective of your color, race, culture, you’ll be promoted to the position of a ‘Child of God with’ all the rights and privileges. Do you know who is guaranteed to go to heaven? People who love God with all their heart and have invested heavily in a relationship with him. You could be a preacher or servant of God and still fall short of this standard.

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The Royal rule is concise. “Love other as you love yourself” If you’re able to pour out the love of God to your fellow neighbor without a hint of judgement, you’re on the right track. God didn’t put you on this earth to judge others and decide whether they’ll make it or not. You are called to be an ambassador of love; An emissary showing the same kind of love that was shown to you. You’re here to hold someone’s hand and help them get to the other side. You’re here to be Christ’s hands and feet. You’re here to plunder hell and repopulate heaven. You’re here to stretch out your arms and help the next sinking person find his way back to solid ground.

Also, Love, Mercy and kindness shouldn’t just be words used in your church. You’ve got to actually put it into action. Faith and works go hand in hand. When you see that someone is in need, you’ve got to extend your arm and help. Rest assured, God will grant you blessings double fold. All you have to do is be the embodiment of God’s love. And this is not easy. It takes constant effort because we’re human and our first instinct is to judge.

Take some time to think about it. You cant change the world right away; start with your immediate circle. Find ways through which you can show love. It could be the simplest things that make a difference. Listen, have meaningful conversations, start to care. Actions do speak a lot louder than words.

Let’s give it a shot this week. No Segregation. No Division. No Judgement.

Only Love, Love, Love.

(Go ahead and read James 2 once you’re done with this post. You’ll get a lot more clarity.)

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“He Died. Now, I Live.”

Posted: March 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

I am disturbed. My mind is weary. I feel rotten. Never have I felt this wave of guilt before.

This morning, a council of elders and chief priests presented a man before me. They said that he was misleading the people with wrong doctrine and deserved to be punished. They accused him of subverting the nation and hailing himself as the ‘King of the Jews’. They were adamant that this man had to be disciplined through severe measures. Accusations were hurled at him but he did not flinch. He just stood there in all humility and did not even try to fend for himself. The question was, what was it that he did to acquire so much hatred from these people. The whole thing had a foul scent about it and I honestly did not want to have any part in it.

Since he was a Galilean, I sent him to Herod because he was under his jurisdiction. Herod on the other hand humiliated, ridiculed, mocked and sent him back to me wearing a royal robe. Now, I had to deal with this problem again. I told the people that I found no basis for the charges that were piled up against him and that I would flog him and let him go. I tried and I tried to get the people to see this man’s innocence, but they simply wanted to crucify him. They wanted Barabbas, a criminal sentenced to death for murder to be set free. My hands were tied. As heavy as my heart feels, I had to do what the people asked of me. So, I washed my hands off this matter and gave him up to be crucified.

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He had done nothing but good for the people of this nation. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, brought people back from the dead, calmed the storms and gave hope. Why did he deserve this!?

They flogged him till he couldn’t walk anymore, placed a crown of thorns on his head, tore up his clothes and paraded him through the streets with a cross on his shoulder. It was brutal. They sneered, laughed, mocked and hurled insults at him. He remained calm and bore it all. No anger, no hatred, no promise of retaliation. They nailed his hands and feet to the cross and his whole body hung there; going through excruciating pain and torture. The guards tormented him until he was in agony. His bones cracked; blood and water oozed out of his body. He died of suffocation, exhaustion and cruelty.

You and I, We are like Barabbas. We deserve to die. The wages of our sin is death. But Jesus, the son of God decided to take our place. He died so that we might live. He bore the punishment for our sins on that cross. He thought of all the nasty things that we have done and would do, and bore the cost of it all. We don’t have to rot in hell now. Jesus has given us a new chance and eternal life with God the father in heaven. Imagine the kind of love he has if he wanted to go through so much just for a sinner like me. I wish I could have saved him but the truth of the matter is, he was saving me even when I sentenced him to death.

Today, he’s calling out to you. He wants to give you a clean slate and a right standing with God. Maybe you should give him a chance 🙂

– Pontius Pilate, A Forgiven Sinner.

It is said that an average person has around 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. That’s a mind boggling number and at the end of the day, you don’t even remember most of them. They flash in and zoom out. Now, the question is, how many of those thoughts do you entertain? What kind of thoughts would you feed and rethink about in your mind?

It’s easy to justify. We’re human. Everyone does it. It’s not like I’m hurting anyone. It’s just a thought, no one will ever come to know about it. But that is where we are wrong, other people may not be able to identify your thoughts, but unintentionally, you’re giving the devil a leeway into your mind. You’ve just spread out a huge buffet of disgusting thoughts for the devil to come and consume.

Sometimes, the biggest battles are not physical, they are wars of the mind. Whenever my mind is idle for a few minutes, a million thoughts speed into my head. And they are from various genres, truth be told, the ones we revisit are often not the best things to say out loud. If people around us could hear what we were thinking, we would be a horrible example of a Christian.

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In Philippians 4:8, Paul reprimands the church and says, “ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Easier said than done, yes. But the candour of the matter is that the kind of thoughts you think about shows what kind of a person you really are. If you encourage trashy, polluted ones, you are eventually going to justify it and maybe, be open to doing it. The Bible gives us a clear structure and God wants us to flinch at the very idea of a dishonorable thought when it crosses our mind. In other words, If Jesus lives in us, we would want to keep our mind clean for him to dwell. A pure person will not live in a dirty hole, so it is really a question of restraint and priority. Don’t be fooled, this is one of the hardest things that you will ever have to do. But rest assured, the more you try to clear up the clutter in your head, the more Jesus is smiling from above.

It’s simple. Ask yourself this question. “Would Jesus Think That?”

Have a wonderful week ahead, my lovelies J

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I realize that I haven’t posted anything in a long time. It’s mostly because I was going through a rough patch and I couldn’t find a way out of it. I felt alone, depressed and seemed like I was stuck.

Stuck in a rut and I didn’t know how I even got there. I didn’t know who I was anymore. Maybe it was because of all the changes that were happening around me, maybe I lost a little bit of myself there and I couldn’t find it again. Maybe I felt the need to be heard, but nobody was listening to me. Maybe I wanted to be treated like an individual with ideas and thoughts but nobody cared enough to let me be. Maybe everyone around me were trying to make me fit into a box which I clearly could not fit into. Maybe there were too many kinds of influences around me and I didn’t know who was right and who was wrong.

Maybe I felt so suffocated that I began to blame God for some things. Maybe I drifted away from God and my priorities and decided to blame the people around me for that. Or maybe I just couldn’t feel like I was in my own skin because of all the pressure that kept building up. Maybe my need to be independent would not let me be submissive. Maybe I got rebellious every time someone tried to correct me.

Maybe I felt alone because when you’re stripped of the things you know how to do, then you are left with nothing but confusion. You begin to lose your patience and you are not sure because your strategies don’t seem to work. When you’re taken out of your comfort zone, you get restless and that’s when your real strength is tested. In a nutshell, the situations that I was in, started to take its toll on me. I became tone deaf. I couldn’t hear the spirit anymore. I couldn’t hear anyone anymore. I felt lost. All I wanted was to go back to my comfortable life with people who I could relate to.

It made me realize that maybe I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was. If the silliest things could affect me, then am I really being led by the Spirit of God? Maybe you’re in the same situation as I am, maybe you understand what I am saying, or maybe you don’t. We’re so busy trying to get people to understand us that we fail to understand them and think from their point of view. I’m not saying that it’s easy. When people try to push their ideas down your throat, it’s human to get a little flared up. But is that what God would want? God wants us to Live as Children of the Light, for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. I’ve learnt to keep a check on my anger and frustration and to be kind instead. Because the words that come out of your mouth and thoughts in your mind while you’re frustrated could have adverse effects. So why give way to all that?

It’s just some food for thought; a lot of my muddled thoughts actually.

Have a wonderful day ahead, my lovelies 🙂

Magic! I experienced Magic today!

I was a little skeptical when my mum told me to go with the people from our village and meet this man called Jesus. What was so great about him? It was a Saturday and it was ‘cricket day’. But I decided to go because she told me that he would tell me stories. And I do love stories. The kids in my neighborhood tease me because I’m 1o and I still love stories; but I can’t help it. Also, Mum promised to pack me a huge yummy lunch if I went. When you live in my house, food isn’t really in abundance. Dad’s a laborer in a field and mum gets some seasonal work. We don’t have a lot of money.

So all of us travel together and finally meet Jesus. He had some lovely stories to share; I did not regret having gone. And then Jesus decided to feed all of us. Yeah, it wasn’t like 7 people; there were over 5000 of us. So the disciples start asking around to see if anyone had any food with them to share. I hid. I came all this way only because Mum gave me this lunch. I won’t get another meal like this for a long long time. I deserve to eat this; we’re poor and we don’t have enough to share with these people. I’m starving; I haven’t eaten since last night. My parents worked hard to give me this. I may faint if I don’t eat this because I felt very weak and tired.

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There were countless number of excuses going through my mind. I didn’t want to let go of my precious lunch but deep down, I felt that the right thing to do would be to share. So I went up to one of the men who walked around with Jesus and told him that I was willing to share. He didn’t care. He was too busy making calculations to see if they could feed all of us. So I went up to another one of Jesus’ men and told him that I had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish with me. He takes me to Jesus and I give this to Him. He gives me a broad grin and I knew that I had done the right thing. He lifts this up to heaven and with my own eyes…I saw it multiply! I couldn’t believe it. There was enough for everyone to eat. I had never seen so much food in the same place before..That too, my favorite food.

Jesus came to me and said ‘Thank you’. I felt like I was on top of the world. I learnt an important lesson that day. God needs ordinary people to carry out extraordinary miracles. He doesn’t care about your skill or talent or gender or sex or even age for that matter. He wants to use you. All you need to do is give everything you have to him; no matter how important it is to you. Hand it over to Him and watch as he uses you to touch the lives of the people around you. Are you willing to let Him work through You?

Have an awesome week ahead! 🙂

God bless! 🙂