Friday, February 19, 2016

Stop the Comparison

Modern day TV and social media makes children, especially teens and youth believe that they should mould themselves to be something they are not, or emulate and be like somebody else they see.

Here is a life lesson that I have learnt over the years. God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us. If we follow His chartered course, we may face tribulations, but His tender mercy, love and grace will surround us always and in the long term all will be well with us. If we don’t, we encounter detours and get enlightened as to where God wanted us to be in the first place. Everyone’s experience in this aspect is truly different than the other.

As you can see, everyone’s  plan and purpose from God is unique. God never ran out of ideas so that He needed us to be copycats of one another. So stop comparing yourself with anyone else, especially for wrong reasons. Comparison and jealousy will do no good.

You are special and unique just the way you are. You are predestined to walk in God’s plan. So shake off unnecessary comparisons, thoughts etc. – basically everything that would hinder your success.

Are you willing to walk in God’s plan for your life today? Answer this question to God directly and ask for His daily guidance. Be blessed in Jesus Name!

 - Submitted by Sylvia Jayakaran

  • What do you think? Do you find it easy to see yourself as special and unique, or do you find yourself comparing yourself with others?
  • When you take the wrong path, do you find God gently correcting you and enlightening you as to where God wanted us to be in the first place? How has that worked for you?

Feel free to leave comments below!

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Art of Praying

Prayer is an important part in the life of a Christian. Prayer is about talking to God – having a private conversation with Him. When we pray daily and ask for God’s guidance for the tasks of our day, we will feel an inner passion to do things that pleases Him. That’s the greatest benefit of prayer because God becomes a partner in our daily tasks.

Today I am about to share a secret with you – there is no real right way to pray to Jesus, our God – it just has to be authentic. When I was small, I used to pray one-line prayers; something that goes like this “God, help me with <this thing> - Amen”. Later on, as I grew, I added more sentences to my prayer – they were sentences of adoration and praise for God. In my teen and youth, I prayed for myself, my friends and relatives, my community and the needs of the world. When my prayers got answered, I made it my business to kneel down, pray and thank God.

As you can see, I started small and God guided my prayers as I grew older. When you reach out and pray for the needs of yourself and others, you will see that it brings blessings into your own life. Hence it becomes important to pray daily. The question then becomes “Are you ready to pray to God today?” “What would your answer to this question be?”.

My prayer is that everyone who reads this would answer this question. Be blessed in Jesus Name!

 - Submitted by Sylvia Jayakaran

To think about:

  1. What struck you the most about what this article?
  2. How do you pray? 
  3. What would you like to try as a result of reading this article?

Please feel free to leave comments below!

Friday, September 18, 2015

'Emulate the Good and Shine the Light' (a personal story by Chibuike Chinaka)

What elevates a person more? Exemplary behaviour, good deeds, or travesties and misdemeanors?

Back in 1992 when I was in high school, a particular event shaped my life and left a profound impression on me. As a young adult then, I was moving in the circles of certain “friends” that were leading a life of “fast and furious”.

They were engaged in all kinds of misdemeanors from petty thievery, substance abuse, thuggery, bullying, and malicious destruction of properties. One fateful night, we set out on a mission to commit mayhem of untold proportion on a rival gang.

Just before we were about to start committing our pre-planned atrocities, a member just asked a simple question to the group: “Wherein lies the honour in being malicious to others?” With this he left the group. At that point also, one of the Sunday School lessons that I learnt came to me strongly - do good to those that hate you and be kind to all.

Needless to say that I also jettisoned the group and the mission. They went on to carry out their mission but fate played a cruel joke on them. They walked right into the long arms of the law and were all rusticated from school and ended up in jail!

That simple question - “Wherein lies the honour in being malicious to others?” - saved my life and my career and has shaped how I treat others, leading to my having a blissful, successful, and fulfilled life.

Guys, you can emulate the good and shine the light for others to follow, it pays big time!