For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is
unseen is eternal. -2 Corinthians
"A gem cannot
be polished without
friction, nor a man perfected without trials." - Lucius Annaeus
It’s very likely you had challenges last year, if you didn’t;
you may be dead or in coma without knowing.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose
delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That
person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in
season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
Walking in step with the wicked, standing in the way that
sinners take and sitting in the company of mockers may look inviting sometimes;
perhaps it guaranty’s acceptance or quick results.
The toil of fools wearies
them; they do not know the way to town. Ecclesiastes 10:15 (NIV)
Of course not all products are great for
the market, some arrived too early while others arrived too late; today is
dedicated to those that failed to arrive all together.
Just about 10 years ago,
before the release of the first IPad, I had a mobile phone I liked so much. For
all intent and purpose, it seemed to function like an IPad or any window based
notebook. T-Mobile called it the Ameo.
In an era when the bulk of
production was farm produce, probably your biggest issue is preserving the
freshness of your harvest.
If the axe is dull and
its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success. Ecclesiastes
six hours to chop down a tree," Abraham Lincoln asserted, "and I will spend the first four sharpening the
axe”. In today’s world of chain saw and power tools it’s
probably difficult to relate to some simple exercises such as sharpening the
going to the farm with my grandmother, you take your machete to the big ‘male’
stone in the courtyard with a bowl of water and begin the process of sharpening.
hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children
are not disciplined by their father? If
you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate,
not true sons and daughters at all. Hebrews 12:7&8 (NIV)
The life of a believer
is compare to being a soldier. Various people were attracted to the military
for different reasons, family tradition, love for combat, finding direction and
structure in life and others probably saw it a patriotic duty.
is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This
is what the ancients were commended for. By
faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his
inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews
11:1, 2&8 (NIV)
Over the years my perception of the subject of faith has
changed a bit from how to receive things from God, especially materials things
or the so-called good things. Now I see faith differently, it’s more of faith
to become not faith to receive.
this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called
may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom
to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15
There are some legal
words in todays’ studies that need to be explored;
Mediator; this is
someone who stands as a go-between for two people in conflict, this is usually
required once relationship has broken down, sometimes it’s the only way to
bring them back to a negotiation table.
Land that drinks in the rain often falling
on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives
the blessing of God. But land that
produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In
the end it will be burned. Hebrews 6:7&8 (NIV)
The farmer clears the land and loosened
the soil at the beginning of the planting season, at this time the land is
ready for sowing, if nothing is planted, weeds will take over the new land. It
is the responsibility of the farmer to intentionally sow the field.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to
all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and
to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we
wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and
Savior, Jesus Christ…. Titus 2:11-13 (NIV)
Salvation is offered to all people, however not all will be
saved, there’s got be offer and acceptance for any deal to be sealed. While
salvation covers every aspect of life; health, work, social, spiritual etc.
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales;
rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but
godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life
and the life to come. 1Timothy 4:7&8 (NIV)
Physical training and spiritual training are placed side by side;
there must be things common to them. To make the most of physical training, you
need to make sure of a few things, Diet, exercise, rest, trainer, commitment
Whatever exists has
already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with
someone who is stronger. Ecclesiastes 6:10 (NIV)
Jack Welch said, if you
don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. This advice is not so much
to dissuade you from competing but to find a better way.
In one of his letters Ivan IV Vasilyevich (Ivan the Terrible) explained what he suffered
in the hands of the boyars after he became an orphan. "My brother
Iurii, of blessed memory, and me they brought up like vagrants and children of
There is a time for
everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Everything happens in
time, nothing happens outside of time, I bet you’ve heard the phrase save some
time before, how absurd because time cannot be saved, makes not difference
whether you do something or nothing, time drifts anyway.
We don’t manage time, it’s
ourselves we manage. Alec MacKenzie observed that "Getting
control of your time means facing up to the fact that you are usually the
problem, not someone else.
A person can do nothing
better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too,
I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24&25 (NIV)
The term job satisfaction can be considered
in various dimensions, there is the feeling of accomplishment you get for
providing a meaningful service, it is what I call the joy of excellence. This is not peculiar to any one type service. It
applies to the good teacher helping a troubled kid as much as to a care
assistant looking after a client.
I, the Teacher, was king
over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom
all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on
mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them
are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 (NIV)
What’s the use struggling
to climb to the top of the ladder and then realise it was leaning on the wrong
wall all along; meaningless. A man sacrifices everything, health, family and
relationships to chase after business success.
“Many women do noble
things, but you surpass them all.”Charm is deceptive, and
beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor
her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the
city gate. Proverbs 31:29-31 (NIV)
For centuries, women may have been oppressed
and suppressed, many thought the right place for the woman is in the man’s
shadow. It is a shame that the women of
old probably had better deals than their modern counterparts. The ancient
Mesopotamian or Egyptian woman had the rights to own, buy and sell or inherit
properties among other things, most of these the modern woman only got in the
There are fourthings
are little on the earth, But theyare
exceedingly wise: The
a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; The
locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; The spider skilfully
grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces. Proverbs 30:24-28 (NKJV)
When you imagine outstanding performances, it’s tempting to occasionally
think of great people doing extraordinary things, different people pushing the
boundary of human limitation.
As water reflects the
face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19 (NIV)
The world operates on laws. Some
laws are more obvious than others; you hardly need to explain gravity to
anyone. While people may not necessarily understand the science behind this
force, even a toddler knows that things fall down.
Here is one
of such laws, It says, “As within, so without.” Brian Tracy called it the law
of Correspondence; in operation it implies that your outer world is a
reflection of your inner world.
A sluggard says,
“There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” As a door
turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. A sluggard buries his hand
in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. A sluggard is wiser in his own
eyes than seven people who answer discreetly. Proverbs 26:13-16 (NIV)
We have forty million reasons for failure,
but not a single excuse. -Rudyard Kipling. Excuses are the way we explain away
our inability to take responsibility. When you take responsibility, you look
inward, with excuses, you look outward, you need someone or something to blame
Remove the dross
from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; remove wicked officials
from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through
righteousness. Proverbs 25:4&5 (NIV)
metals are naturally occurring materials, they come with impurities which tend
to obscure their brilliance. In some cases the impurities are so overpowering
that it takes a trained eyes to recognise the precious metal.
There are various
ways of removing dross from silver, ranging from using fire or intense heat to
chemicals and other specialist processes.
By wisdom a house
is built, and through understanding it is established; through
knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. The
wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their
strength. Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers. Proverbs 24:3-6 (NIV)
principle of leverage, Archimedes (287BC-212BC) asserted, “Give me a place to
stand and a lever long enough and I shall move the earth”. In practical terms,
leverage refers to a mechanism that multiplies the outcome or results of one’s
efforts without a corresponding increase in the consumption of resources.