Yesterday after retiring from my normal days activities I began to wonder what I could share another time as food for thought especially for those who are greatly challenged by their present predicaments and are on the brink of throwing in the towel.
I have often tried hard not to write on impulse but then an idea struck me which I want to share with you. Needless to say, I like reading biographies of great people ... and it’s because I hold the conviction that as young people what we learn at our early stage in life is more important than what we earn.
I often realize without much struggle that a common denominator among these great men and women is a certain pattern of thought...And it is that, in spite of their condition and the changing scenes of their lives they always kept their focus on the end product of their struggle... and I believe that it is this trait that gives them the impetus to drive them on.
You know, whenever you are reading a book about a person's suffering moments and in your impatience you turn to the last page to read what became of that person, it changes your mood when you come back to continue from where you left off especially when it concluded that that character lived happily ever after.
This is what I want to bring your attention to this week. It is what you think about as you go through your challenging moment that either gives you the persuasion to move on or the dissuasion to give up.
Jesus was not depressed and could endure his cross because he had his attention on the "set joy" that was before Him. Paul was not despondent in spite of his afflictions because he thought about the "prize" that awaited him. Job was not disheartened by his humiliation because he kept his focus above. And likewise Nehemiah not discouraged by the shame and opposition he faced because he had his mind on the end which was the glory of Jerusalem.
The question now is.What do you think about as you go through your challenging moments? And in conclusion may I say that what becomes of your fate (as you go through your struggle) is largely predicated on the settings of your heart and mind.
Life does not look too rosy as expected to a kid who gradually grows from adolescence to being a youth and then to an adult. As this kid grows through the stages of infanthood to adulthood, he is challenged with several experiences which ultimately shapes him in all aspects of life.
Simply put life is a uniquely designed creation of God.
During a Sunday school class where the book of Malachi 3:3 was studied - "And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness" this having known a neighbor silver smith and wanting to have more meaning to the phrase "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver" went to the silver smith's shop.
In the shop he sat to watch the process of refining silver. As this kid watched the silver smith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. The silver smith explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The kid thought about God holding us in such a hot spot -- then he thought again about the verse, that he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.
He asked the silver smith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The kid was silent for a moment. Then he asked the silver smith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at him and answered, "Oh, that's easy--when I see my image in it."
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire due to certain challenges of life, remember that God has His eye on you and He is not going to leave you out there all by yourself. He is looking for His image in you.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you.
Psalm 121:3,4 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
BY : NANAYAA PREMPEH
This is a little story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done
Jesus’ resurrection is the very foundation of Christianity. If Christ had never been raised from the dead, we’d have no Christian religion.
God’s power was at work in Christ’s death and resurrection. “It was on the resurrection fact that the church was built,” said New Testament scholar James Stewart.
Paul understood that the resurrection was the bedrock of our Christian faith. “If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain,” he wrote to the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 15:14, NRSV). The apostle went on to say, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (verse 17).
The resurrection proves that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Its authenticity means that by faith in Christ, we are reconciled with God.
Billy Graham said the risen Christ is the bridge between us and God. “One of Christ’s hands holds the hand of God; his other hand holds ours,” said the evangelist.
In John 20:13-15 (NRSV), the same question is repeated twice. The angels ask Mary, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (verse 13). And then Jesus asks Mary, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (verse 15).
On Easter Sunday, perhaps it’s still the question before us: “Why are we weeping?” Why is there still such anguish in the world? Why are we laboring on, burdened and living as though there has been no resurrection?
Weep no more! Christ has risen!