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Friday, January 29, 2010

Wanna spread EAFLU? Part IV

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning, friends. Today let us read about ‘F’orgive.

John’s father had suffered a stroke and his mother had been in a serious accident. They both are now unable to respond to him in anyway. There are areas in John’s life in which he needs and wants his parents’ forgiveness, but because they are physically unable to communicate, he cannot be sure that they understand him. Everyday he goes to the hospital and asks their forgiveness, but he gets no response. The situation is robbing him of any joy.

There are countless Johns in the world who want more than anything else than to be forgiven. In fact Jesus gives much importance to forgiveness when he showed His disciples how to pray. “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” He also says, “If you have grudge against anyone, first leave the offering and go and reconcile with them and then come to offer.” So the first step you do to be forgiven is to forgive others! I know some people don’t deserve it, but still remember God has forgiven us even when we were sinners. Forgiveness should be given as quickly and as totally as possible. Do it now. Too often we wait too long to forgive others. Don’t be in a position of John who no longer has the opportunity to communicate to his parents. Make hay while the sun shines. And the next important thing is you should also forget whatever happened. Many times, even if we forgive others, we’ll keep the history in our heart and mind. We have a very small heart, then why to dump waste things into it? Use it fruitfully. I know it's quite easy to say, but too difficult to follow. Through Him, we can do anything.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wanna spread EAFLU? Part III

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning, friends. Today let us read about ‘A’ppreciate. William James said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

A young politician in his first campaign speech was very eager to make an impression on his audience, but when he arrived at the audience he found only one man. After waiting for others to come, he gave up as no one came. He said to that man, “Look, I’m just a young politician starting out. Do you want me to deliver the speech or to dismiss the meeting?” The man thought for a moment and then said, “Sir, I’m just a cowhand. All I know is cows. Of course, I do know that if I took a load of hay down to the pasture and only one cow came up, I’d feed it!”

Don’t underestimate the value of a single person.

With the advice of the cowhand, the politician began his speech and talked on and on for two full hours as the cowhand sat expressionless. Finally he stopped and asked the cowhand “Is my speech alright?” The man replied, “Sir if only one cow came up, I surely wouldn’t dump the whole load on him.”
Don’t take advantage of people.

A simple formula to appreciate others is to treat them as if they’re important. The Bible says something like this, “When you have the good thing in you but you don’t give it, then you’re not doing the right thing.” When people are craving for appreciation, why don’t you just give it away? I know sometimes it is tough to appreciate others, but still if you carefully look at them, you’ll find at least a couple of reasons for which they deserve your appreciation. Appreciate your wife for the food she prepares for you. Appreciate the boy who comes and delivers news paper in the morning. Appreciate your security folks who protect you all day and night.

During the last day of Chennai Hope Festival, Franklin Graham thanked everyone and he specifically asked us to appreciate the police officers who served there. He told, “We often go to the police with the complaints. Just for a change, today while you leave, please appreciate them for without them we could have not accommodated nearly 90000 people in the venue.” I saw many guys who greeted the police men with a smile that night for the very first time.

As many of us are software professionals, we all know the happiness we get when we receive appreciation emails from the customers and awards from our bosses. Don’t we? This will enhance the interest to work willingly. In the same way, people will start responding according to the way you perceive them.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wanna spread EAFLU? Part - II

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning, friends. Now it’s the time for us to read about ‘E’ in EAFLU. In fact you often expect others to do this to you. Did you guess it right? It is nothing but ‘Encourage.’ You realize it or not, but most of your friends are those who encourage you. Go ahead to read about what Eugene Lang did.

Entrepreneur Lang was success magazine’s ‘Successful man of the year’ in 1986. 61 six graders were assembled in an auditorium in blue caps and gowns. Lang addressed them this way. “This is your first graduation and is the just perfect time to dream. Dream of what you want to be, the kind of life you wish to build. Believe in that dream. Be prepared to work for it. Always remember it’s your dream and it’s so important and it’s your future. And it is worth working for. You must study.” The children blinked their eyes and so their parents as their place a poverty stricken, drug-ridden neighborhood. But when Lang said, “You must study. You must attend junior high school, high school and then college. So stay in school and I’ll……. Give each of you a college scholarship”, there were joyful expressions like cheering, waving and hugging one another happened. Not just he spoke, but he did. He began the ‘I have a dream’ foundation and now the entrepreneurs in New York City are also going into classrooms offering the same kind of scholarships.

How amazing it is even to read! Eugene Lang believed in these kids and it all made the difference in how they lived the rest of their lives. There is no way to describe the joy of having a young person touch your arm and smile because you have taught him new values and touched his heart and mind. The happiest persons are those who invested their time in others.

In my personal experience, I would like to say this.

We all went to an orphanage to greet the children and offer something they needed. It’s been more than a year since I’ve visited for the first time. Recently, I visited there again. To my surprise, they all remembered my name and the story I’ve shared with them. They taught me songs and more importantly, they wanted me to sit next to them, to touch me. And another thing that amazed me was, they have a notebook in which they wrote all the names of the people who helped them and at 4 AM they all wake up everyday and pray for each one of them.

What else do we need in this life, friends? A simple kind word or a help touches people’s heart more than anything! Encourage others as much as you can. You’ll see the world so beautiful around you.


In His time!

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5 : 6

Good morning. Let us read more about EAFLU from the next post. Today I wanted to share something about His perfect time.

We had 'Chennai Hope Festival' on 21st - 24th, this month. It was conducted by Franklin Graham and his team from USA. It was such a wonderful festival through which the Lord touched many lives. I too attended it three days. On the first day, when I reached my room, the time was 11:15 PM. There was no bus service to my place. I really got scared. But I believed that the Lord would protect me. And He did and I reached home safely by a share auto.

The second day, I didn't stay there till the end as I didn't get bus last night. When Franklin Graham declared the altar call, those who gave their hearts to Christ started going towards the platform, where as others started leaving to their home. I too stood up, but Franklin Graham said to everyone, "Please don't leave. That may hinder others who ought to respond to the altar call." So I sat for a few more minutes. After that I visited a book stall, where I was able to see many books at cheaper rates. But as there was a huge crowd, I again started walking towards the entrance. I thought how I would get a bus to my place.

It's really difficult for anyone to find someone they know among 35000 - 40000 people. But to my surprise, I saw my friend who came along with her family. Then I waved my hands at her and called her. Then they helped me reach home very safe, as they came there in their car.

I couldn't stop thanking God for what He has done to me. Here the important thing is the delay. If I had left as soon as I planned to leave, again it would have been so tough for me to reach my room alone. If these two delays can bring such a great safe journey, imagine how great are all our delays!! A baby has to stay silent till his/her mother delivers. Israelites had to travel 40 long years to enter into the promised land Canaan. It took many years for Joseph to see his visions come true. 1 Peter 5 : 6 clearly tells us that God would exalt us if we stay under His mighty hand. When? In His time!!! Do you believe that our God is a mighty God, King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Then stay patiently until He delivers you and fulfills His promise, for He never works sooner or later. In His perfect time, He would bring everything to pass. Hallelujah! You and I just have to thank God for all the delays, for He is preparing the best for us! 


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wanna spread EAFLU? Part I

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning, friends. I’m feeling guilty for not posting this for many days. Kindly pray that the Lord would enable me to continue this. Okay, let us come to the point. After reading the subject EAFLU, what do you think? Is it something like Swine Flu? I would like to say, “It is not.” If you spread this EAFLU, you’re obeying to what the Lord says.

I don’t lend my ears to others’ problems, when they don’t have time for me. I don’t like to greet someone who often gnashes his teeth at me. I don’t like to mingle with someone who often keeps track of my long list of wrongs. I don’t prefer appreciating others, unless they’re worthy of it. I don’t try to understand someone who doesn’t understand me even at a single instance. I don’t have to always encourage others, when they treat me so bad when I’m depressed. Am I right? Here comes the truth. All these facts are applicable to others too. Aren’t they?

I’m giving an overview on what I read from the book ‘Be a People Person’ by John C. Maxwell. March on!!

John went to a restaurant along with his daughter Elizabeth and they were really surprised when they saw the waitress made them feel that they were really inconveniencing her. She was grumpy, negative and unhelpful. Anyone who saw her identified that she was having a bad day. Everything John ordered was met only with a look of disdain. Now John tried to change this lady’s negative attitude. What did he do actually? He called her and said, “Could you please get me some change for $10 bill, because I want to give you a good tip today.” Wow! What a surprise! For the next fifteen minutes, she spent her time hovering over them. John thanked her service and told her how important her service was to him and how helpful she was and also left her a good tip. That day, little Elizabeth would have learnt one precious thing from her father. ‘If we want people to act right towards us, we should act right towards them.’

EAFLU is nothing but the five important things you want others to do to you. Keep your fingers crossed to know what they are. See you all with one of them each day!

The book ‘Up Your Service’ by Ron Kaufman gives some idea on achieving great customer service. There may be hundreds of hotels around you. You would never like to go to a hotel where you can get highly delicious food if no one feels your value. But you’ll often visit the hotels where you get great service. What does it mean? You certainly want others to treat you well.

The Bible tells a short cut to achieve what you want. Jesus says, “Do unto others as you like them to do to you.” Is it not simple and true? Many times, the truth is always simple!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vain, vain, vain!

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” What does man gain from all his labour at which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3

Good morning to you all.

One day a father and his rich family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “Very good, Dad!” “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Yeah!” said the son. “And what did you learn?”

The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden. They have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden. They have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole horizon.” When the little boy was finished, his father was speechless. His son added, “Thanks, Dad for showing me how poor we are!”

Earlier I used to wonder at the people who work in shifts. They get shift allowances, free food, free pick ups and drops and many other benefits. But when I hear about the disadvantages of working in the shifts, I know what is exactly making the employers to give such benefits. It’s all like showing small fishes to catch bigger whales. The luxurious and sophisticated life style can really create an illusion. But it doesn’t mean that rich are so peaceful. I know that having a good sleep on an old mat is far far better than the sleepless nights on the costliest mattresses. The young boy was clever enough to get it correctly. So it’s not about how we spend, but about how we live and it’s not about how we were born, but about how we die and it’s not about the riches and wealth that we heaped for us and children, but about who we are at our last breath. Now-a-days, I’m hearing lot of sad incidents which say about the people who die when he/she had no one when they’re in their last moments struggling for lives. How pathetic it is to earnestly search for the family members at that time! When it comes to death, everything is vain except God’s love, my friends. No one can come up with us when we die. Even if have nothing in our hands, but our Savior in our hearts, I assure you that it will bring enough joy which lasts forever. And the heaven would rejoice when we ascend up to welcome us. Satan will be put to shame if we have no part in the hell. To adore the beauty of Heavens? Or to spend the eternity in hell? It’s already late. Decide today! 

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Leave it alone!

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all. 1 John 1 : 7

Good morning to you all.

Jimmy (a dog) could hunt quite well in the woods. None of the small animals were safe, once he decided to track them down, that is, not until he met "Mr. Porcupine." His strength, his fierce growl and his great hunting ability didn't do him one bit of good when he met the porcupine. Since he had never seen a porcupine before, he pounced on the porcupine and tried to bite him. The porcupine arched its back so that its quills, which come out easily, stuck not only into his nose, cheeks, chin and paws, they also stuck inside his mouth and even in his throat! Poor!

When his master arrived home, he found Jimmy whimpering in agony and about as sick as any dog could be. His master got a pair of pliers and pulled out as many quills as he could, but the ones in his throat had to be removed by the vet. The poor dog was in pain for at least another week and had to take medicine so the quill punctures wouldn't get infected.

He went after the porcupine again! He didn't attack quite as forcefully as he did the first time, but he still had to go to the animal hospital to have more quills removed and have more medicine. This happened six times before he learned to leave porcupines alone!

We may tell that what Jimmy did was nothing less than stupid. But when we think of ourselves who often fall into the same traps again and again without getting tired, we can very easily arrive at ‘we are more stupid than Jimmy’. We all would have died if our Savior had not come to this world. Only He can save us from all the sins that are very close to us. In my fellowship they often say a line, ‘The sin should become so cheap’. How true it is! Only when we consider it as so cheap, we won’t enter into it again. Else we cannot even count how many times we’ve fallen so far. The one thing I wanted to convey is, ‘Leave the sin alone.’ Let it not have any fellowship with you. Else you’ll have much more punctures, no matter whether you say it is a small sin or a big sin, for the Lord sees every sin as equal. 


Monday, January 4, 2010

Show your love!

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7 : 12

Good morning to you all. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a New Year celebration.

We had a wonderful family festival in my Church on Sunday. The family which came to lead us on that day enacted and conducted pretty simple games to reveal the simple but powerful truth behind them. A ninth grade girl told us a story which really would have touched the hearts of many. Please go ahead to know what it was.

A lady who was quite busy with cooking for her guests got tensed when her little son walked behind her so closely wherever she went. At one point, she yelled at him and pushed him badly which made him cry. He ran out as fast as he could into his bedroom and wept a lot till he slept. The lady after she finished all her work at the kitchen remembered what she did to her son. When she went into his bedroom, she found him on his bed. Then the Lord reminded her to go to the kitchen again. When she went, she saw so many beautiful flowers in various colors scattered on the floor. She came to know that the small boy followed her wherever she went just to surprise his mother with her favorite flowers. She realized how badly she hurt him without realizing his love for her. She could no longer control running to the boy. He took him into her arms. She hugged him and kissed him as if she saw him after a very long time.

What does this convey? Love has to be shared with those who deserve it. Hurting others will take just a few minutes, but bringing the relationship back in track may take years. In some cases, that would never happen. The company for which we work may remember us if we die till they find a resource to replace us. But the members of our family, especially the parents and our beloveds are those who will carry the pain throughout their lives. I love kids. I can watch and play with a kid to some extent. But watching and playing with him/her all my days is really not that easy. But the precious parents look after their children with great care. A man who is 50 years remains always a kid to his old mom and dad. And the children deserve the full love of their parents. Those who have children, please take an oath that you would never show your tensions at work place to them at home. And let us all love our parents, because they are the ones who deserve it next to the Lord. Forget whatever happened in the past years. Take this year as an opportunity to be kind and to show the love to others. Be kinder than necessary to everyone, because we don’t know what pain they’re carrying in their hearts. May God bless us all!