Friday, October 31, 2014

Faith to pursue the seemingly impossible

Faith to pursue the seemingly impossible

- Dr George Samuel

Faith brings things within the range of possibility.
An impossible attitude may say, “no more beyond,” but faith says, “there is more beyond”.
Sometimes we may feel that we have come to the end of the rope,
but it is never the end of our hope.
Until 1954, running a mile under 4 minutes was considered impossible.
But that year, Mr. Roger Bannister broke the barrier.
Mr. Roger Bannister
A year later in 1955, 37 others succeeded, and over 300 in the proceeding year.
Now the figure has shot upto 20,000!
Roosevelt, the former President of USA was confined to a wheel chair;
Milton was blind; and Beethoven was deaf.
President Roosevelt
But they showed us how to triumph over limitations.
A victim of arthritis, Hulda Crooks decided to learn mountaineering
on her 70th birthday and after rigorous exercise,
was able to climb Mount Fuji at the age of 95!
Hulda Crooks
Yes, all of us can definitely make some difference
with each day that the Lord gives us.
Of course, we should not assume that things will take care of themselves
or will be taken care of by others.
It takes time and practice to develop new habits.
Booker T. Washington said:
“success is to be measured not so much by the position
that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles
one has to overcome while trying to succeed.”
Success
It is said that strong faith leads to good attitude,
while vibrant faith sustains a person in times of crisis.
This means, we don’t have to define life by limitations,
but fill our thoughts with things that we CAN do.
Attitude
Suppose, we draw a line and write above it,
the things that we believe we can’t do,
and below it, the things we believe we can.
Such a line can be defined as the ‘line of limitation’.
If we desire to reach seemingly impossible goals, we have to raise the line.
Often our tendency is to bring down the line since we are reluctant to try.
When we try to do,
that which we once thought we cannot accomplish, the line is invariably raised.
We may also be tempted to bring down the line of limitation
when we face unexpected setbacks and failures.
However, we should persistently try to raise the line against all odds.
Against all odds
We must not allow frustration to rip us apart.
Failure is not a sign of weakness;
It brings opportunities to devise new ways of succeeding.
“Our focus must be on the goal, not on the failures “
We should put our mind around the limitless power of God.
Exaggerating difficulties affect the utilization of our talents.
We must focus on what we can do with what we have at hand.
The belief that we can’t do something is merely a rationalization for our unwillingness to take the risk.
Instead, we must live with positive expectation.
We will inevitably attract what we focus our mind on.
” Small steps of change in our attitude
can make a big impact in the long run “.
Thorough preparation for an upcoming event will enhance our capacity
to overcome fear and other obstacles.
We identify our strengths and maximize it.
We may have difficulties during the initial attempts.
But we will find that after awhile, they fade out.
” When God becomes ‘greater’,
the problems will appear to be smaller in comparison “.
Our God is Greater
Therefore, we need to learn to take a brief look at the problems and
a long look at the One Who is able to help us triumph over.
It is said that faith is to see the invisible.
If we are prepared to see the invisible (with the eyes of faith),
we will be able to make possible, the seemingly impossible.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Inviting God into the chaos

Inviting God into the chaos
- Unknown -

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Whenever I get to a place where life seems more than I can handle,
there’s that still, small voice that nudges me:
“Remember, Idelette, be still and know that I am God.”

Often it’s easier to run and accomplish tasks rather
than putting on the brakes and quiet my heart.
On those days, it is what I need most.
My Creator reminds me of that often.

Where do I need God to be God?
What are the questions in my heart?
Where is it that I need to be still today and invite God in?
What will this day bring, Lord?
Be still and know that I am God.
Is there a relationship that needs healing?
Be still and know that I am God.

Am I anxious about finances?
Be still and know that I am God.
Someone I love is sick, Lord.
Be still and know that I am God.

Am I concerned about my work, my future, my purpose?
Be still and know that I am God.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Prayer by Sir Francis Drake : Turn back to Jesus Christ

Prayer by Sir Francis Drake : Turn back to Jesus Christ

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

close-to-the-shore

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

The Stars

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

Horizon

Friday, October 3, 2014

Do You Feel Useful ?


Ask a flower in the field:

‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over?’
Flowers

And the flower will answer:

‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’

Ask the river:

‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is to keep flowing in the same direction?’
River

And the river will answer:

‘I’m not trying to be useful, I’m trying to be a river.’
Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God. 

Not a leaf from a tree falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use.
Everything has a reason to exist.
Purpose

Even you, the person asking the question. ‘I’m useless’ is the answer you give yourself.

Soon that answer will poison you and you will die while still alive, even though you still walk, eat, sleep and try to have a little fun whenever possible.
be-yourself

Don’t try to be useful.

Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference.