Meddlers

 

2 Thessalonians 3:11 New International Version (NIV)

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies 

  • while mothers-in-law have reputation for being prime meddlers, they have not cornered the market on this vice.
  • Men, relatives, co-workers and well meaning friends are also prone to prying from time to time. 
  • Unlike gossips, meddlers usually seek personal information directly from their subjects.
  • In all fairness, not everyone who makes inquiries is meddling. Many are sincerely interested in helping others.
  • Whether you are genuinely concerned or just plain curious, be especially careful to avoid probing.
  • It is best to wait for someone to volunteer detailed information about his personal health.
  • if you are prone to natural curiosity, you must make a special effort to keep you inquisitiveness. within the bound of what is socially and spiritually appropriate.
  • In some situation you may have no intentions of prying, however you may still run the risk of your inquisitiveness offending others.
  • He/she was not a child and could manage her affair just fine.
  • Even if you feel you have earned the right to stick your nose into the situation , walk softly. You might want to pray about it first and leave the matter to God. He is always better at influencing circumstances than we are.
  •  Do I have a sincere, unselfish motive for prying into this matter, or am I attempting to control thing for my desired objectives?

Proverbs 26:17New King James Version (NKJV)

17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

1 Peter 4:15-16New Living Translation (NLT)

15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!

Someone once said that one reason why people who mind their won business are succsessful is that they have so little competition.

 

 

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BIG & small

Matthew 20:16New International Version (NIV)

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

  • We may need to grow more in generosity and freedom from our need for money, in which case financial doors may close.
  • We may need to grow in humility, in which case grandiose wish. Fulfillment doors will be closed.
  • We may need to grow in our ability to delay gratification, in which case the ” Right now” door may be closed.
  • We may need to grow in  our ability to love our enemies or even our more prickly friends, in which case the “Lord change him” door may be closed. 
  • Many doors that look large to us are small to God and many doors that look small to us are very large to him.
  • In God’s Kingdom , small is the new big. In God’s Kingdom , the way up is down and the way to living is dying.
  • So we are called to never despair, no matter how small our lives look or how many doors that we desperately wanted to go through appear to have closed. 

Learning Jonah’s Way

Jonah 4:2-3New International Version (NIV)

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

 

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Jonah knew God is gracious and compassionate. God wants to bring salvation of the Great City of Nineveh! Nineveh was the Capital City of Assyria; the city full of wickedness. Though Jonah was running away, his thoughts are little far more than the thoughts and ways of God. He was afraid that the Land might destroy him and our God. He considered Nineveh as the enemy not worthy to be saved or impossible to change. However God has a great heart because it turns out God has a great heart for the Great City. Jonah is quoting here the famous confession of God’s identity in the history of Israel, when God revealed himself to Moses on Mount Sinai. God’s love manifests itself in his accessibility to all, regardless of our reputation, nationality and race. His Grace doesn’t reach only to Israelites but to everyone.

Additional Facts:

  • Jonah is really ” the patron saint of refused calling”
  • He calls, then one called resist for one reason or another and then there is a decision.
  • Bible is God’s Story.
  • Nineveh was the capital of Assyria. Assyria was the great world power. ” The City of Blood” as per Nahum.
  • Tarshish had a great wealth. It was pioneer in trade commerce over the sea was kind of like new technology and making some people rich.
  • He converted the sailors ” Mass Gentile conversion” Pagan boat becomes a place of worship.
  • Jonah was inside the fist for 3 days and 3 nights.
  • Priest- served in the temple , offered sacrifices , they led worship
  • Prophet- A reformer, activist- kind of trouble maker pricking people’s conscience.

Jonah 4:10-11(NIV)

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

 

“GOD IS GOD OF THE OPE DOORS…

“He opens doors all around, boundless opportunities to contribute to humanity in ways large and small, to make our lives count for eternity….”

Idle

Someone told me that he will pray for my “idle character” and I smirked back! How dare he told me that when in fact even in my day offs I’m finding ways to be productive? He knew how serious I am at work.  How hard working I am in life, striving to be the best version of me.  It alarmed me really. I laughed at him and asked him “seriously?”  . I tried to defend myself  “ Oh C’mon ! I used to have my daily “ to do list,  recently I have my morning and evening routine. You know how I hate to do nothing. I was inspired by my new discovered bloggers and fond with these cool youtubers” And yes! He is serious! He stood for it and said “ You think a lot” and I was silent. I tried to listen while he was sharing his meditation. However I didn’t get over of what he told me and there I knew his point. In that moment I was able to contemplate, meditate and pray. His point is not being lazy physically but my spiritual realm is affected because of my idle mode.

When I heard the word idle, it reminds me of being lazy. Idle means simply doing nothing. But the real essence of the word is procrastinating physically, mentally and especially spiritually. It is not just being lazy and doing nothing in particular. We can identify idleness in physical realm. It is really known in physical and psychoenergetic realm. But we can’t recognize idle in our transcendental or spiritual realm. In fact once your transcendental realm is in idle, it will affect your psychoenergetic (cognitive and emotions) and physical realm subconsciously. Then what’s wrong with it? If spiritual idleness is not being recognized then it will affect your character. Let me site an example:

Once you over think you are in your idle mode. Entertaining fear, distrust, worry, judgment, and grumbling are the sign of idleness. Because when you are productive you will have no time for criticism, small talks, nonsense arguments, fear, distrust, judgment, grumbling and vulnerability.  When you are productive you are making a significant out of that thing. You produce well out of the productivity. You are rising and not falling down. You are mature enough to react and respond to a dilemma.

I realized that I over think a lot! In work, in any aspects of my life actually! And I realized that I cannot skip my spiritual realm because my strength comes from it. How can I be grateful if I don’t read my bible and meditate?  This world is rich in competition, power, treasures and critics. If I trust the lord, focus on my meditation and praise will I over think and be weary? No! I will be grateful and positive with life.

All We Need Is God

Who can cast your fears? God
Who can fill your heart with joy after the unfortunate events? God
Who can make you feel beautiful all the time? God
Who can give you infinite love? God
Who can be your real hero? God
Who is patient? God
Who can give you hope when things are impossible? God
Who can give you strength when you’re weary? God
Who can make poetry and sweet notes? God
Who knows your heart? God
Who loves you even though you disappoint him? God
Who encourage you and push to limits because he always believes in you? God
Who comforts you and make you calm? God
Who can heal all sickness physiological and psychological? God
Who can be your best friend? God
Who can see brokenness and helps find healing? God
Who can appreciate our character, uniqueness and flaws? God
Who will save you in danger, trouble and foolishness? God
Who will find you when you get lost? God
Who will surprise you when you’re down? God
Who will celebrate with you in victory and defeat? God
He is all we need. ❤ Thank you Lord for this day! 😀40_300x300

Building and Rebuilding

building-your-houseCan we ask ourselves, what it takes to build a house?

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes a serious construction to build a house.

You will need:

  • Architect to design your house, provide plan.
  • General constructor like carpenters, dye wall installer, painter,
  • Building inspector to visit your site at regular intervals.

Aside from that you need to set your plans to be organized and most important you need is money to get construction started. What do you feel? Excited? Motivated? Desperate? Have you ask yourself how long will it takes to build a house?

For a smaller house with few options or less detailed finishes it will take 8 to 12 weeks, 6 to 9 months from start to finish. A longer house with high options customized future facilities and finishes will take 1 ½ year to complete.

When building a house, ideally we see the picture of the weather will be perfect ,all materials arrived on time and intact , trades people will be ready and on time. Unfortunately this is a very rare occasion and in life it doesn’t go that way.

The weather could take a term of the work, material could be late and missing or not available, electrician could be held up to another job, constructor can be sick, rearrange construction schedule and some more.  There will be normal unplanned events that can affect the progress of home building. Yes building can be exciting but sometimes it can be a chaotic event.

And after you have done everything viola! The house is done! J But that does not stop there; you will encounter a lot of things. Climate change, storms or flood, one item might be destroyed by intruders, some part gets damage and old that needs to be repair.

Why am I talking about building and rebuilding? Because building your-self is like building a house. It is a self-project that God provides you. Every project is different either our lives too. You need resources, materials, people who will help in construction. But building self needs wisdom, experiences, challenges and test.

We are not born perfect and no one was born perfect!  Growing and learning takes time. There will be changes in you as time goes by. When you are young you like something so much and when you get old it doesn’t bother you anymore. You have learned a lot through teachings, experiences and mistakes. Perspective change as environment and maturity evolve! As we grow building self-took its part! As we done building ourselves: our character, values, morals, personality…. rebuilding takes place! J

Life is not an easy path. When you are young it was easy to live life. You have your parents with you who stood up for you and when you grow old there is a break through coming. You’re getting out of your comfort zone.