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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Majority Vs Minority

"Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs!" - 2 Kings 6 : 16

What would you do when you wake up and find you are surrounded by a vast army, with all their troops, horses and chariots everywhere?

Well, of course it won't really happen, surrounded by chariots and thousand of troops.

But imagine you're surrounded by problems. The moment you wake up, your phone rang non-stop, problems just pop-up everywhere. In whatever you do, you encounter difficulties.

At this moment, would you still say "I'm not afraid"? Elisha did, and he also said "there are more on our sides". I believed his servant at that time must have been scared out of his wits, thinking Elisha has gone berserk. But immediately his eyes are open, and he saw more chariots than those of the Arameans, and those are chariots of fire. Why? Because Elisha believed & trusted in God that he won against the vast army of Arameans

There is a song that goes like this:
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you, above the storm
Father You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God
("Still" by: Hillsong)

If only we be still and believed in Him, nothing is impossible with God no matter what problems we are facing. We'll get through the problems, and that's God's promises for us. Someone once told me this; you might be the minority now, but when God is on your side you are the majority.

~ God + me = Majority ~

Monday, June 20, 2011

Strayed Arrow

1 Kings 22

On a beautiful morning, I opened my Bible, followed my Bible reading plan, and red this chapter. A story about King Ahab of Israel enticing King Jehoshaphat of Judah to help him retake Ramoth Gilead from the Arameans. To me, it's another story about the old Kings of Israel & Judah.

So, I went ahead and do my daily devotion. I got a book for my daily devotion as well. What I read exactly is the explanation for the story above. Then it just strikes me deeply.

King Ahab actually planning to get King Jehoshaphat killed, by letting him wear the king's robe. And King Ahab himself, disguised as the soldier of Israel. King Jehoshaphat almost got killed, but God didn't allowed it, He let a strayed arrow hit King Ahab instead.

Human can devise a plan, be it good or bad. But if it isn't the will of God, no plan would ever work out.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Not Always

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. - Ecclesiastes 9 : 11

I agreed that being skillful, wise, highly educated doesn't really guarantee success in live. But wait, it doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue your study, learn new skills, and pray for wisdom. All those are still needed. In fact, we need to continually sharpen our body, our mind to be able to follow the pace of the world.

But, to be successful it takes chance as King Solomon said. Chance as defined by Oxford Dictionary is "a possibility / probability of something happening, an opportunity, the occurrence of events in the absence of any obvious design or cause."

I got another way of looking at chance, I believe it is an opportunity given by God. We often find ourselves making choices through life. That is just the way God does thing, He is never pushy about choices we make. Those choices will inevitably include chances / opportunities. And it always up to us to make those choices, grab those chances. The the best gift God has given to human is "Freewill"

Being in the right place at the right time is not about luck. It is about your journey that takes you there. And what journey is that? Choice that include chance, or I prefer to call it opportunity. But, the preparation also matters. You can't possibly go on a journey / traveling without bringing any money, go for an exam before studying.

But then again, being prepared does not always guarantee success. Being able to take up the opportunity does, but it always come back to our preparation.

~ Success is when Opportunity meets Preparation ~

Monday, June 13, 2011

Don't Wait

Don't wait for happiness, then you smile
Smile, and you will find happiness

     Don't wait to be rich, then you give
     Give, and you will be richer

Don't wait to be motivated, then you move
Move, and you will find your motivation

     Don't wait to be cared, then you care for others
     Care for others, and you will be cared

Don't wait for others to understand you, then you try to understand them
Try to understand others, and they will understand you

     Don't wait for inspiration, then you write
     Write, and inspiration will be in your writing

Don't wait for new project, then you work
Work, and new project will be waiting for you

     Don't wait to be loved, then you love
     Love, and you will be loved

Don't wait for you to have a lot of money, then you live peacefully
Live peacefully, and not only money but other blessings will be given to you

     Don't wait for new example, then you move forward
     Move forward, and you will be the new example

Don't wait for success, then you be thankful
Be thankful, and success will be added to you

     Don't wait for you to be enabled, then you do
     Do it! For you are able

Don't wait for you to be sick, then you care for your health
Because it is already too late

 By: Anonymous

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wisdom & Money

Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life. Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life. - Ecclesiastes 7 : 11 - 12

Isn't it great to have both wisdom and money at our disposal. It's just like King Solomon, the wisest man that has ever lived, and he's rich as well.

But look carefully, it's said to be benefits as we go through life. And those are definitely gifts, gifts from God. But, we can ask for them.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. ... - Matthew 7 : 7

Wow, what a great promise from God. And we can be sure that God will never go back on His Word. As long as we keep on asking, keep on praying, keep on seeking.

It was never wrong to have a hope to be a rich man. But bear in mind, it is wisdom that can save our lives, and not money. The verse above also said that it's better to have wisdom when we have money. With wisdom, everyone could manage their money better. With wisdom, everyone could be the next big thing in their work / business.

If you could manage your money better, what are the chances of you getting richer?
If you could solve problems in your workplace, what are the chances for promotion & increment?
If you could manage your business better, what are the chances that profit will increase?
Start thinking about it. Not to forget that everything are gifts.

~ Start asking for wisdom, then you will prosper ~

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Two Is Better Than One

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. - Ecclesiastes 4 : 9 - 10

Obviously, human cannot live alone for we are created as social beings. That's why God created Eve to accompany and help Adam.

Then the LORD God said,  "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." - Genesis 2 : 18

Notice the verse above, "Who is just right". Hmm, now how does that fare? Who is right for you, who is right for me, who is right for someone out there?

It's quite simple, the rule is easy. It's not up to us to decide who's the right person for us. And we absolutely will not have any idea who is the right person that God has prepared for us.

But we can always be the right person for somebody. A real lover is someone who is willing to help the one he/she loves no matter what the cost is.

If you already have a boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife, be a lover today.
If not, the time will come; and by that time, you better be ready.

Friday, June 3, 2011

First Priority: ☐ Wealth ☑ Health

"Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears ..." ~ Proverbs 23 : 4 - 5

God of course wants us to get wealthy and prosperous (Deut 8 : 18). But remember, that's not the important thing in life that we should focus on. Because wealth will gone away easily.

Solomon reminds us that we should not wear ourselves out trying to get rich. It does not mean "Forget about getting rich!" We just need to control / balance our working and resting time.

It's just never worth it; paying for medical bills from our hard-earned money. Most of the time, we end up losing more.

What's better than keeping a good health? It's the best gift we could give to our family, not money, not new gadget, not new furniture. Everything else can be earned but not health. It is kept!

~ Everything in this world need money,
but without health no one can earned it. ~

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

No Shortcuts

"Good planning and hard work leads to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty." - Proverbs 21 : 5

The line between prosperity and poverty lies in the choice that we made. Is it the hard way or the easy way?

A lot of times in life, we will face a certain choice. Choices of how we are going to deal with a problem. Believe me, there will always be a shortcut presented before you. Don't take it! Every shortcut may seems pleasing at the moment, but it will only end up in regrets.

Look at what the verse above, we need good planning & hard work. Now this both take time. Even in our planning we mustn't be hasty, a lot of consideration is needed.

Every successful person must have gone through that process. None of them today will tells a story how they succeeded because they take a shortcut. Instead, it will all be the stories of how much hardship they have gone through.

~ Plan Well + Work Hard + Hang On = Success ~