What we see on the surface goes much deeper. How can we approach what is new instead of moving on assumptions? Since each individual is unique, we ought to recognize our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. How can we navigate relationships among people from different cultural backgrounds and language so that we can work and live well together? How can we maintain authenticity and still respect other people’s differences? Join us as we explore these issues that are vital to our collective community health.
The thoughts we allow to sit in our mind affect our perception of everything, including how we feel and what we do. How we think is not determined by our circumstances but by our choice. “8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8). The bible in several other places makes it very clear that we choose our thoughts. As I have personally practiced being mindful of what I am thinking and why, I have found it to work. Sometimes, when things were very difficult and scary, I choose to focus/meditate on God’s word even when my circumstances were painful. I choose to worship and praise God. What I realized, is that I felt better and peaceful in spite of the circumstances continuing to be difficult at the time. As I continued to imagine things being different many things begun to change. Paul was before King Agrippa in chains and many accusers following Him and wanting to kill. In this situation that appears very difficult, he chose to think himself happy. To Paul, what mattered the most was any opportunity to testify about Jesus Christ. While many of us would not want to be before the king in chains, He thought Himself happy. We too each, can make a choice to think self happy in spite of our current conditions. Where we focus our thoughts leads to our actions and to our freedom. ” Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You are permitted to speak for yourself.’ So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself: 2 ‘I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, 3 especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.'” (Acts 26: 1-3).
Leadership is about people and the welfare of everyone in the community including those that are opposed to the leader. Leadership is not about power, fame, money and self glorification. Great leaders are humble and understand that it is about serving those who have entrusting them into the leadership. Any person who want to become a leader but is bitter towards those who oppose them will not make a good leader. Any person who wishes to have power to revenge against those who they perceive as their enemies is not a leader but a ruler. A leader want to improve the lives of those they lead. When following a leader or choosing our leaders, it is very important to have our children and generations to come at heart. When we give power with today’s focus, we can easily put our children’s future in jeopardy which will eventually cause us a painful death. Imagine watching your child in future suffer due to choices of our leaders and it’s too late to do anything! This is why we need to act now to avoid pain tomorrow. Sometimes, it is better for us to suffer some discomfort today to give our children a better tomorrow which takes wise choice of leaders. A person who must have power at the expense of people should be carefully reconsidered. Leadership is not about the benefits of the leader but the improvement of the people they serve. Great leaders are servants at heart. As believers in Jesus Christ, the word of God guides our choices. Parents are leaders in their homes. Christian believers have a responsibility to know what is happening to our children at school. It is our responsibility to have meetings and talk with school about what is appropriate in the schools. Those spreading ungodliness are speaking up loud and clear and taking away our values because we are choosing to stay back and quiet. If we as believers don’t take action for our children’s sake, who will? Who are we giving leadership over us and our children? What will tomorrow look like with the leaders we choose? Instead of watching our world move further away from God, we can take a stand to move our world towards God with each passing day. “14 This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5: 14-17).
In this show, We discuss some of My call to help abandoned children and orphaned children in Kenya. Please take time to listen. God bless you.
We like to think everyone is good and innocent. But in life, you will encounter someone that want to intimidate you for their gain. In the book of Nehemiah, his enemies schemed against him and sent false reports to him trying to find cause to bring him down, Nehemiah 6. His enemies went as far as hiring people to intimidate Nehemiah. “He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me.” Nehemiah 6:13 But Nehemiah was not afraid because he knew how to hear from God and he knew in whom his trust was. I encourage you to not let anyone intimidate you. Fear God alone and He will fight all you battles. God bless you