THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Curtain Call


A good friend posted “The Last Words of Alexander the Great” on FB and it triggered a lot of reflection. Today I won’t say much but just post this and say Tafakari’ which means…think deeply about it.

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The last wishes of Alexander the Great……… On his death-bed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

  1. The best doctors should carry his coffin …
  2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery …
  3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see !!

 

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain. Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

  1. “I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal…”
  2. “I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, will stay on earth…”
  3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave this world empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is: TIME.

We do not take to our grave any material wealth.

TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.

We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time.

When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life!

The best present that you can give to your family and friends is your TIME.

May God grant YOU plenty of TIME, and may you have the wisdom to give it away so that you can LIVE, LOVE and DIE in peace

“Life Is Short. Live It To The Fullest. GOD BLESS

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Today is also reflective because it is the day that Maya Angelou passed on. It is the day a great woman has rested. I haven’t read many of her writings. In fact many times as I started I got distracted or it was too hard to read because of the mirrors of what was Maya Angelouhappening in my heart. However, I have listened to different shows where she has spoken and heard people talk about her and I know that she is one of the great wise women of our generation.

Yet as we have been reminded by the words of Alexander the Great above, we all will one day face our maker and give account for how we have lived our lives and how we have honoured Him. I have no idea what Alexander the Great said or what Maya Angelou will say or what you will say when you meet Him. However, I choose this day to seek to serve and honour God all the days of my life. All the days of my life I will make this choice even when it seems hard and doesn’t make sense. I choose to seek Him all the days of my life.

What is your choice?

Shalom

 

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK

#SimplePleasures…wonderful people


I’m sitting here and I just thought to share some of the things that inspire me…I find myself thinking of the different people I meet along this way we call life. representative of God and His wonderful creation yet so diverse and different. Then I think of chocolate…the one thing that has always been the sweet gooey stuff that makes life better…well at least for me. There are so many different ways we can have chocolate just like there are many different people in our lives.

Celebrating different personalities of the people….

This the space for who are not as neat around the edges as we may want them to be yet they are sweet and wonderful on the inside according to plans of God

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Bliss has nothing on this one of deep flavour and rich peppermint goodness…this is the space for those with strong personalities and hence strong flavour to share with the world

 

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There is space in life for those who are totally put together and well balanced…those who most of us want to be like but aren’t that way

 

 

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There is room for the multi-coloured and multi-layer people…People who are able to transition from one side of the world to another

Whatever flavour you are and whatever colour you carry

Make the best of it, live your life to the fullest

Make sure that the world is touched and transformed by your presence

Leave the mark intended by God for you to leave on the world

Warm, glowing and wholesome is what is intended for you

You are a #SimplePleasure in the sight of God…made in His image and likeness

Live your life to bring Him pleasure and share His goodness with the world

Change your corner of the world for the pleasure of the King

A sweet and pleasing aroma only for Him

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Mind of Its Own


There are things in life that we are good at times and therefore take for granted especially when we have done them for a long time. This is especially true if it is things that we do well, naturally and with little or no thought. What do you think would happen if one day you set out to do the thing you have always done well and it doesn’t work? Take a moment to think about.

Recently, that very thing happened to me and I was devastated. Growing up in our home there were things we had to learn to do to enable us to survive. We had to do well in school, be good at all we did and be able to take care of the home which included cooking, cleaning and any other task at hand. I had a great interest in the kitchen and so I was encouraged me to begin to do these things. I was in the kitchen cooking on a stool from when I was six years old and by the age of eleven, I could bake. From that point on my mother and sister were relived of baking duties and I thrived in that department. Over the years I gained experience and for those who have tasted my cakes can attest they are nice.

Over time, I have played with and adapted recipes time and again to suit the situation, style or size I needed. However, for the first time in over twenty years of baking things changed. An acquaintance asked if I could bake a milk cake. A what? Ok, let me be honest, I had never heard of a milk cake or if I had, I had dismissed the whole notion. My initial response was to laugh and then forget the discussion. However, I was prompted again after a few days so I googled it and sure enough there are hundreds if not thousands of milk cake recipes with varying complexities. After a long search, I selected a recipe and tried it. Voila…it was easy as brushing my teeth…one try and it was all good, even better than good. It was my new favourite cake. I sent a taste piece out and it was approved and the order placed.

Remember I am confident about my skills so I simply mixed another batch of the cake and put it in the oven and waited for it to cook. Lo and Behold, when I pulled it out of the oven it was cooked but had sunk in the centre. What? How did this happen? Absolutely confident that I could remedy the situation, I mixed another batch and put it to cook. Once again the same thing happened…it cooked through but sunk. This time, I almost fell. My lil man saw my face and actually came to give me a hug to make me feel better. How could this be happening to me? I was sure I had followed the recipe to the letter and I was a seasoned baker! Over the next three days I re-tried the recipe again and the same thing happened and now I really had to stop and think.

As I worked through the process I asked a series of questions to find out what was missing:

  • Were the quantities right?
  • Was the process right?
  • Was the temperature right?
  • Where did I go wrong?

After some thinking and questioning, I finally found the answer. The problem was in the process. Let me explain. I had inexplicably used the milk and butter mix when it was too hot, didn’t cream the eggs and sugar enough and the oven was too hot. Simple things yes, but they totally changed the final outcome. The cake was cooked through and very tasty but it was not as appealing as it should have been. Once I revised the process and adjusted for the errors it worked out well. Then I realised what was wrong.

This made me think about my life and walk with God. There are daily challenges in life and my response to the instructions received from God determines my success in life. So I have to ask several questions:

  • I Am I walking as I should be?
  • Am I listening for direction and following exactly?
  • Am I in the place I need to be when I need to?
  • Are there subtle changes I have made in the process that are affecting the outcome of my life?

As you read this, can you relate to me on this issue? I am sure someone can. What do you need to assess and reconnect to that will change the course of your life?

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK

As He Speaks I Do


John 5:20-30

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does; and he will show him even greater things than these, so that you will be amazed.

21 Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants.

22 The Father does not judge anyone but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,

23 so that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever fails to honor the Son is not honoring the Father who sent him.

24 Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever hears what I am saying and trusts the One who sent me has eternal life — that is, he will not come up for judgment but has already crossed over from death to life!

25 Yes, indeed! I tell you that there is coming a time — in fact, it’s already here — when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will come to life.

26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has given the Son life to have in himself.

27 Also he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

28 Don’t be surprised at this; because the time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice

29 and come out — those who have done good to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment.

30 I can’t do a thing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is right; because I don’t seek my own desire, but the desire of the one who sent me.

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Ponder on the last verse ane let me know what you think about….