Thursday, March 31, 2011
This is no preaching piece. I'm really wondering just what gets His eye and heart and attention.
Is it faithfulness and dependability?
Is it willingness to trust Him and take that step of faith? Well, in short, faith.
Is it fruitfulness, the ability to apply your talents and bear results?
Is it integrity, being faithful even when no one's looking?
Is it courage and standing firm in the face of attacks and danger to self?
Is it persistence when things aren't going how you expected?
Is it knowing God's word, what it reveals, what He's saying to you and your situation?
Is it being obedient?
Is it knowing God's heart and what matters to Him?
What would Jesus do, goes the adage.
So what should you and I do?
Friday, March 25, 2011
Reading Tom Rath's Strengths Finder 2.0 and completing the self-revealing questionnaire, it's made me more conscious of who and what I am, as well as who and what others are.
Parts of one body, each comes with different strengths, weaknesses, passions, interests and life experiences.
In an ideal world, we have perfect understanding of each other and seamless collaborative powers. Kinda like Captain Planet, haha.
From here to the ideal world, it's for us to bridge the differences among us and make the most of our relationships. Sounds simple but there's so much more to it than we realise--how we affect one another, how we lead others, how others lead us, the "right" questions to ask or say, the situations and circumstances that energize us or don't energize us etc.
The key is this: Know thyself and take active steps to maximise and better thyself. You will be blessed, others too.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Collective ideas. Deep set beliefs. Observations. Aspects of life represented.
Social movements, history, culture, identity...
When you walk away from an exhibit, what gripped? What lingers? What haunts? What continues to ring?
Ideas, words, images, be careful what you let in through the eyes, ears and heart.
An artist's work shows what is in his heart, in his soul. In expression, he seeks sympathy and resonance. So, in gazing, you're really being invited...to accept his message.
"Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." ~ Matthew 12:34
Be savvy for your own sake.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
How do you know what you are to do?
Do you stand still while figuring it out? Or can you keep moving while working it out? What confirmation would you want?
And when no one's looking, do you still do what's right? What's the price to buy your integrity?
Responsibility's a big word, a heavy load...is it really?
We aren't called to climb the mountain of self-justification by merit and works--a gift is a gift is a gift. Just accept your authority and blessing. Period.
Can you shine where you are placed? To make positive the negative?
Breaking forth to a new level demands a new way, new thoughts, new attitude, new relationships, new knowledge, new commitment...a new you? Well, you're still you. Yet you're also become the you you're meant to be.
So back to this thing called responsibility. If you've started something, surely you're responsible to see it through. If you're given responsibility, then surely you're expected to fulfil what's asked of you.
Thoughts random? Not really. Like a jigsaw, the pieces fall into place little by little. You're not expected to complete it on your own. But really to connect and commune with God who'll guide you along.
Note to self: Connect.
Friday, March 11, 2011
What's life if our eardrums are not constantly stirred by good stuff?? Amazing stuff! High energy stuff! Stuff that leaves you bopping and humming the next day and many days more...
It takes passion, hard work and actually a persistence to keep moving even when you trip and fall. No doubt about it. A clear goal, persistent passion, courage to try, openness, mutual chemistry and a lifetime of preparation--ingredients for a life....
Why do some acts dazzle but others just fizzle and drizzle? What makes for excellent showmanship? Energy? Creativity? Sincerity? Being talkative?? A great smile???
Can't live without music. So what should I do? New pursuits beckon!
Friday, March 04, 2011
What do you do when negative thoughts and feelings begin to surface?
Well, stay positive. Confess the positive. Believe the positive. And do the positive.
Be fruitful and be a peacemaker wherever you are, whenever you are.
Positive strives to beget positive. Being negative and unable to let go surely will only beget more negativity.
What path are you treading on? And where are you headed? Remember this and focus.
Even the act of trying is a kind of focus.
"The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
"But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble." (Proverbs 4:18-19 NIV 2011)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Why do rules exist? What do they serve to do? To protect, to guide, to optimise, to set apart, to try?
Why do people feel uneasy when they break a rule?
Who sets rules? What guides the setting of rules? Why do rules matter?
Should everything in life have rules? After, peace usually only comes after law and order are in place.