Christian Aid: Peace

They say an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind…

But how often do You stop to be kind…

or loving enough to consider someone outside your world?

Out of sight, out of mind?

Like the natural disasters, the famine and war?

Called to be peacemakers yet

we allow peace to grow weary right next door

We so easily mute the tears of that child so sculpted by grief

So consumed by what falls only under our sky

..boxed into me, myself and pride

Remote and controlled by I TV

Like when we forget to forgive like

We aren’t living under forgiveness

Like when we refrain from giving, like we aren’t beneficiaries of God’s goodness

But were the wounds to His flesh

I said the, flesh torn pieces

Not enough for us to hold our peace?

Not enough for two to take a piece out of the book of Love, to

Remember the point of His peace purposed blood

We forget our actions nail him back to that cold cross

Was his pierced body not enough for us to mend the shattered pieces of our own egos

We so quickly forget that the war of wars was won by the real hero

With a promise to be Near to those who sorrow

& to Save those whose hope has ceased

Let’s live for Love today, for a better tomorrow

Remember Side by side is when we withstand defeat

So Take hold of this life and the Light placed inside, give ear to the broken

Let us swallow our pride

& passionately pursue peace

Void

It lingers

Lonely but not alone

Hollow 

But not broken

Broke 

But not in pieces

The thoughts keep teasing 

Me

Without You is like

A dog without a bone? 

But remember, alone but not lonely 

Convos breed memories, so I 

Walk down the lane

Emotions pulling at my brain

Thoughts swelling as your name

Remains

But tangibility changes, it fades

Cos you’re gone…

Lonely but not alone

…But I’ll never leave or forsake you

Through the valley of shadows 

will comfort You

I will fight for you

I never change

So lean on ME when you’re not strong 

I’ll fill you when you’re drained

I’ll heal you when you’re stained

I’ll take away the pain

‘Cos I AM. ‘Cos I can. 

You’re lonely 

…But you’re never alone.

Why choose mediocrity?

Why choose mediocrity, when you can choose greater?

Why limit your abilities below the standards of our Creator?

Procrastinating; never now, always later.

Because nowadays not faith but fear is what we favour.

So we wait for society’s permission

Leading a life of submission, to the system, of fitting (in),

Suppressing the identity that God has given

Keeping your light just dim enough, in order to be hidden,

So you no longer shine too bright, right?

Or just low enough, to prevent it from obstructing someone else’s vision…

We display faith even smaller than that mustard seed.

But see, seeds grow…like potential.

So even when life looks soily & dim, water the talents that you have been given.

Because It’s OK to start small but stagnation is a no.

Yes, He is the vine and we are the branches, but there is still sufficient space to grow.

See, mediocrity, it’s like a bird that can fly but just won’t.

So instead of soaring, you’re sore about the achievements of every other person…

…But imagine how different things would be if you lived out what JESUS saw, the truth.

The sad thing is that most times it’s us youth.

Demographically we’re satisfied using any old excuse.

But imagine if young David did that and looked down at his abilities with aloof.

But no… He became greater than the greatest with one lethal shot at it;

Biblical proof.

So why choose mediocrity, when you can choose greater?

Step out, be bold and shine your light.

At least do yourself that favour.

-A

Obedience is better than sacrifice 

Scripture focus: Exodus 17:11-13 (Israelites vs Amalekites)

Whenever Moses held his hands up, the Israelites were winning.

This can signify consecration. Whenever we look to God in a situation rather than ourselves (Moses’ hands down) we will overcome that situation. If we look to our own abilities and external circumstances then we are sure to fail or not do it as well. Either way it won’t be perfectly in line with God’s will.

Also, the fact that he had to seek help to prop up his hands demonstrates that we should surround ourselves with like minded, loyal friends. People that we can trust to help us in difficult situations, people that will also point us to God.

Another perspective is that the task of Moses lifting his hands seemed trivial. Sometimes God will ask us to do things that seem odd or untimely, however trusting Him in the little things is so necessary. If Moses had not kept his hands up, the Israelites would have lost in battle. See, your actions/obedience may be the answer to another person’s prayer or simply character building.

God’s ways are higher than ours so I guess we’ll never fully be able to know or understand every ‘why’ in His decisions. However, rest assured that all things WILL work for the good of those who honour him (Romans 8:28). You have a hope and a future ahead (Jeremiah 29:11) so chin up… Or perhaps, hands up 😉

Keep Twinkling,

A.

The omnipotent in weakness

Today’s verse for thought is: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (Philippians 2:7 KJV)

The almighty, all powerful Son so humbly showed weakness, being publicly mocked and disgraced. In fact He became human just like us in order to see how we see, and experience what we do. He took off His crown for YOU. He was then shamed so that we no longer have to feel ashamed. That is the definition of true love! It makes you rethink the ‘difficulties’ we can have in showing common humility, right?

Keep Twinkling,

A

Too Young For Ministry?

The verse of the day is: 

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV)

God used Samuel, David, and Timothy who were all young. If they looked down at themselves because of their age- we wouldn’t have some amazing testimonies and stories in the bible. We are all called to be lights, but is it OK to dim our lights because we’re young?? Absolutely not. Remember, confident people look at their abilities not inabilities. Age really is ‘just a number‘.

Keep Twinkling,

A