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Thursday, March 22, 2018

In the Garden

Genesis 2:15 (ESV)
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

This evening after our walk we started working in our garden.  Tonight’s goal was to get the potatoes in the ground. It made me think about how cultivation and care for living, growing things is grounded deeply in the soul of who we are as created beings in God’s garden.

In the beginning God planted us human beings in his perfect garden. Previous verses from the creation story make clear that God is the original gardener. He created the vegetation—seed-bearing plants, trees that have fruit with seeds, shrubs, and all kinds of trees. From the beginning, God intended this first garden to produce food for all kinds of creatures and humankind year after year.

Genesis 2:15 shows that God planted people in that first garden “to work it and take care of it.” This suits us because we are from God—created in his image to be like him—and we are also from the ground. We might even say that gardening—working and caring for growing things—is in our bones. Cultivating the gifts of God for the glory of God is what we are meant for.

Gardening involves cultivating, planting, watering, pruning, protecting, harvesting, and much more. When we are drawn to the world of soil, plants, and trees, it is no coincidence. We’re designed to care for the earth, other creatures, and each other. Cultivation is rooted in our beginning and continual thriving in God’s garden.

Dear Lord, thank You for this vision of the garden you planted in paradise for us to work and care for with You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Exodus 4:10-12 (ESV)
10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

When you are worried about problems in your life, do you ever stop to think about where you are coming from in facing them vs. where God is coming from? Perspective can be an interesting thing. Consider a $5 bill lying on the ground to be found by 2 different people. 1 person finds it who is homeless and might sustain himself for 3 days on the food that money would buy. They are grateful for that money beyond belief. The other person is wealthy and may choose not to pick it up simply because it is soiled and wouldn't be worth the trouble. Such is true of the difference in the perspectives of God and man. We see many of our issues as insurmountable, He sees them as opportunities for us to show our faith and trust in him, and opportunities for us to learn and grow from the situation. When trouble finds you, lean not on your understanding, but trust the Lord that he will see you through.

Dear Lord, we thank You for opportunities of faith all around us. Give us perspective and help us learn about Your love each day. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Our spiritual vision

John 9:25 (ESV)
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

Several months ago I noticed the vision in my left eye was getting worse and worse. I couldn’t read road signs, the computer screen was hard to see, making measurements in my shop was difficult and the print of books were blurry. After consultation with a doctor, I was told that I had cataracts that needed to be removed.

The lens of the eye works much like a camera lens, adjusting for both changing light conditions and the eye’s focus, letting us see things more clearly. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which, over time, may grow larger, clouding more of the lens and making it harder to see.

After further diagnosis and examination, today was set for cataract removal surgery. While the technique is intricate, it is also a very common surgery with few negative after effects. After only two hours at the clinic, we were on our way home.

Our spiritual vision—outlook on life and view of other people—can be similarly clouded when there is a buildup of negative attitudes and thought processes, critical attitudes, unchecked prejudices. We too often allow uninformed opinions, especially about ethnicities or lifestyles, cloud our vision and thus cut ourselves off from people unlike ourselves. Even worse, if we are unwilling or don’t allow the Holy Spirit to perform “cataract removal surgery,” we continue to build barriers that make it impossible for others to clearly see Jesus.

The first step toward clear spiritual vision is described in the song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart” by Paul Baloche:

Open the eyes of my heart Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart,
I want to see You.

When we clearly see Jesus, He performs the radical surgery necessary for us to see the world as He sees it.

Dear Lord, we pray that we will allow You to perform the surgery necessary for us to see the world as it is. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Matthew 6:33-34 (ESV) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

How often do you worry? "Will I pass this test? Will I make the team? Will I keep my friends? Will I get the raise? More?" It's amazing how much time and energy we all spend in worry, even though God tells us he will take care of everything. Our challenge is to give those worries and concerns to God and He will show us the way. Does this mean we sit back and watch "TV" instead of doing the things we should do? Well, no. We must pray for wisdom, not just for solutions. God will calm our hearts and minds so that we can focus on what we need to, like tests, and how to deal with things at work. Make a concerted effort to spend the time and energy you would usually spend worrying in prayer about what's on your heart.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your comfort, that we may have peace. We know, Lord, that you will carry us through anything. In the Name of Jesus,  Amen.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Learn to be better people

Image result for better peopleProverbs 1:5 (NIV)
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—

Sandhya was a grandmother who enjoyed life in the company of her family members! She had two very affectionate grandchildren named Shruti and Gaurav. They were 8 and 10 years old. Lot of love, affection and caring was being exchanged in their relationship. There was lot of happiness around.

Shruti had a lovely handwriting. There was beautiful flow in her writing. Sandhya used to praise her quite often while secretly feeling bad about her own which was not as good. One fine day Sandhya decided to learn the art of good handwriting and take some finer tips from Shruti.

Shruti's initial reaction was that of surprise. She said "Grandma! You are sixty years old now, why do you want to learn?"

Sandhya said "Age has no barriers, my little darling! I feel I have a keen desire to learn & improve the way I write so would you not help me doing it?”

And so started a different kind of an adult education project. Sandhya told Shruti to buy her a notebook. Shruti used to write a sentence every day for Sandhya and would say, "Grandma complete your homework". Grandma faithfully and sincerely did her homework before her young little teacher returned from school.

There were also days when the young teacher was not happy with her pupil's work and would give her a remark as 'O.K.', "needs improvement" etc.

Grandma would ask "Why O.K.?"

And the teacher would reply "You have not written the 'P' properly, look at these strokes, these need to improve etc."

Grandma took the suggestion very seriously and acted on them with full sincerity. It must be mentioned here that the young teacher was often quite generous with her evaluation as grandma earned a lot of remarks like excellent, very good and good etc.

A wonderful process was on but the young minds were still unable get over the question that why is grandma trying to learn the art of good handwriting at this age!

Gaurav and Shruti kept on asking her “But why do you want to improve your handwriting at this age, when you have already crossed sixty."

Grandma would try to explain "Learning can be done at any age, any time, my sweet little darlings, provided there is a keen desire to learn."

Days passed, months went by and there was significant improvement in Grandma's handwriting! It was now the turn of her friends & relatives to be pleasantly surprised when they received her letters in the newly learnt & perfected hand!

At first they thought someone else is writing these for her. There were compliments from one & all when they came to know that it is this 60 years young student who has this charisma!

The whole process was a living expression on the significance of the four R’s of our life i.e. REACHES OUT, RELATE, RECEIVE and REJOICE.

If one is to draw a lesson from the above story, it is evident that these processes are not only complimentary to each other, their adoption in the above order leads to lasting happiness in life!

The results in the current exercise were also no different! While it fuelled Grandma's desire to lead a creative & healthy life, added few more reasons for her to make active contribution to her environment, she and her grandchildren experienced a kind of openness that brought them closer to each other! More than ever before!

Growing older is an eventuality! Growing younger is a possibility! Only you can make it happen! Last take the time today to help each other learn and become better people.

Dear Lord we pray that we would take the time to encourage others and help them learn. We thank You that we have the ability to learn and to teach. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lesson from Saint Patrick

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

“Patrick, is an intensely human person and not a plaster saint to admire from afar. He offers us a Christian vision of life honed out of his own experience and trials. He offers us a challenge to live our own Christian life today in changing and turbulent times. He comforts us when we are criticized and ridiculed. He gives to us the Celtic vision of the intimate presence of God in creation, in the Church, in people and in Scripture. He is a model for us, giving us an example to follow as we struggle to live authentically our own Christian lives in our own difficult times.”

Patrick’s life and ministry teach us to be open to the call of God in our lives. His beginning in Ireland did not dictate his future but it drew him into a love relationship with Jesus Christ. His relationship with Christ helped him to overcome adverse circumstances in his teen years. His ability to draw close to God and forgive had a dramatic impact on the Irish people and the success of his life. His willingness to follow God’s call made him a hero of the faith.

Lets learn from this man of God and ask our self a few questions, “Am I willing to draw closer to God in turbulent times? Am I willing and able to forgive those who have caused pain in my life? Am I willing to follow the call of God and even give my life to those who enslaved me? If you do you could become a hero of the faith like Patrick.”

If you learn to be like Patrick you have the benefit to really start living right were you are at. You really start to live when you take your eyes off the circumstances of life and draw closer to God. Then you will learn to recognize God’s voice. This spiritual maturity will lead you out of bondage and slavery to freedom. Then as you continue to draw closer to God through study, prayer, and spiritual disciplines you will be called upon by God to do a ministry for Him. Who knows maybe you could win an entire nation to Christ? Maybe you could win a generation to Christ? Maybe you could win your family to Christ? The benefits to you will be eternal and the most rewarding thing you could do with your life.

Dear Lord we pray that we would let You use us Like Patrick did. We pray that we may be the beginning of winning our generation to Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Let God's love shine through you

1 Corinthians 13:4 (ESV)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.

When someone does you wrong, how do you respond? When someone gets the part in the school play that you wanted, how do you react? Most people when faced with being treated wrongly, or being jealous of someone else tend to blow up. They might get angry, be mean and want to get back at the other person.

However, in this verse, we’re encouraged in this verse to be patient, to be kind. When someone does better than us, we’re encouraged to not get envious of that person. These are all hard things to do in our own strength and ability.

No matter how hard it might seem to love someone when you’ve been wronged there is good news. The Bible tells us God’s love is already in our hearts. So what we need to do is let that love dominate the way we act and treat others. The love is already there, it’s just up to us to bring it out!

Dear Lord, help us to let Your love shine through us in whatever circumstance we are in. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.