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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Incredible kindness!


Do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 















Good morning, friends!

He was a seller of second-hand shoes. He seemed to be in his 70’s, and was so tired as nobody was buying his shoes. Then, a little girl came to him saying, " Sir, may I polish your shoes?" The old man took pity on her, smiled and gave her a shoe to polish. The girl said, "I polish the shoe because I need money to buy my brother a new school uniform." The old man replied, "Oh, little girl just stop doing this. Come with me and I will buy a uniform." Then they walked to a store and he bought a uniform.

This act of incredible kindness, shown by someone who has so little for himself, proclaims an ultimate truth. The Bible talks a lot about showing kindness. A few sample verses are given below.

“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 We hesitate to extend our kindness to those who we believe don’t deserve it. But remember we are not worthy of God’s kindness and love. We receive it for free, and so we are called to be kind for free.

John 15:12 says, "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” Kindness can never originate without love. Only when we love others we can be kind to others. The Bible tells us all our gifts, like prophecy, speaking in tongues, knowledge, faith in God, etc… are not greater than love. In other words, love is the greatest among all these gifts we possess.

Matthew 25:35-40 ‘Jesus says, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me." Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”’ What a beautiful explanation of how He wants us to serve Him! Not all that call Him, “Lord, Lord” will enter Heaven, but those who do His will!

Galatians 6:2 leads us to bear one another's burdens, to fulfill the law of Christ.

God doesn’t call us just to pray for others in need. Our duty doesn’t end here. He sends people to us so we can pray for them AND help them when they are in need.  

We know a saying “Helping hands are better than praying lips.” But those who hope in God know the importance of God in our lives. So we believe that both praying lips and helping hands are important. 

When you see a puppy is sinking in the pool, what benefit is there if you just close your eyes and start praying that God would somehow save it as it sinks completely to the bottom?

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:16 

So what are we waiting for? Reach out to those hands that are lifted up for help!

Stay blessed! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Maybe knocked down!


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13

The picture of the sculpture you see was taken by myself in the Brookgreen garden, South Carolina. I am amazed by the sculptor who built it. He took care of each and every single part of that sculpture so that it looks real with facial expressions. :) Our God is the greatest sculptor ever, as He created us in His own image, and gave His life so we became real, not just a sculpture! :)

I read this story on the Internet.

A father gave his son some bits and pieces of a world map and asked him to reassemble them properly. He thought his son would take much time to accomplish it. But to his surprise, the boy reassembled it quickly and handed the world map to his father. The father could not stop wondering asked him, “How did you do it so quickly? It is quite challenging.” The boy responded to his dad, “Yes it is. But there is a picture on the other side of the world map. This picture helped me assemble the bits and pieces together.”

In the same way, you may see yourself as bits and pieces of flesh, but God sees you complete! If you worry that you’re like a jigsaw puzzle broken into pieces due to unexpected circumstances and their consequences in your life, and you feel there is no way out, then this message is for you.

You may find yourself rejected by everyone because of what you have done in the past or because they think you are wrong, and you no longer feel loved. If so, then remember that God still loves you as you are. Psalm 34 : 18 says, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Yes, you cannot reassemble all the pieces, but if you can surrender all those pieces to the One who has a master plan for your life, He can fix them all and achieve His purpose. And His purpose for your life is good, to prosper you and not to harm you. You are not an accident! You may be knocked down, but not out forever! Rise up from your fallen state!!! He is waiting to refurbish you!!!

May God bless you. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It is worth it!


You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:32


It might sound silly to some of you, funny to others.

My grandma is more than 80 years old. She lost her husband 3 years ago. Though she has 9 children, and she lives with her youngest son, all her children visit her whenever they can. As I wrote yesterday, my mom and sister visited with her for a few days and my grandma proves the already known facts. :)

She behaves like a small kid who says things over and over again. People who are not mature enough may not even listen to her, like my sister. I would like to narrate to you a few conversations of my grandma with my sister.

Grandma:  How is Jansi doing?
My sister:  She is fine granny.
Grandma:  Does she speak to you often?
My sister:  Oh yes. She calls us every day.
Grandma: I want to see her very badly.

Within a minute, she repeats the same questions again, and she repeats it several times on a single day. :)

When I called her for a few minutes, she repeatedly told me that she wanted to speak to me and see me. She wanted me to eat well and stay healthy. To be honest, I was never bored with her.

Also, she forgets things very easily.

My Aunt visited my grandma with her little son, while my sister was there. Right after my aunt left for her house, my grandma started telling my sister, “It has been a long time since I have seen your Aunt and her son. I would love to see them. Will you please call them to come here for a visit?” :)

Sometimes she behaves quite silly.

They lit many candles where we buried our grandpa in remembrance of the third anniversary of his death. After a while the candles burnt out, and were not seen anymore. My Grandma complained to my sister that someone had stolen those candles. :)

When my sister paid no attention to what grandma said, grandma told my mom, “I love Jansi. She patiently answers all my questions. This little one doesn’t even pay attention to me, or she pretends that she doesn’t hear me.” I mention this not to exhort myself, but to tell you how our actions impact our elders.

Sometimes she remembers bitter things.

She can tell us those who spoke badly of her and who stole things from her house many decades ago correctly.

This is a Second childishness! Nothing more or less! Well, now, what do we get from the above?

This moment may come in our lives too. When we reach this last stage, we may remember certain things and forget the rest. We may irritate others with repeated questions. We may remember some good things and some bitter things about others. Though my grandma doesn’t remember everything about me, she remembers the good times I had with her. I can proudly say that I am the only grandchild of hers who always wanted to spend my entire vacation with her in her village. Surely she remembers it. I am glad about it. Also she remembers some bitter things that happened to her when she was young. Some of these stay in her heart after all these years. 

Dear friends, please make sure you leave good traces in people’s lives. You can create a soothing feeling to someone as they age. The news that I heard from one of my friends yesterday still makes me cry. That is a different story. The time we have with others is really short. :( We must utilize this short time in loving them, showing extra kindness, making an impact in their lives which they can remember throughout their lives. It’s worth it!!! It brings joy to the lonely hearts!

Be a blessing to others and stay blessed!

Monday, November 5, 2012

The default response


First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people… 1 Timothy 2:1

Good morning, friends!

I spoke to my sister last night on a phone call. These are a few things that I learned from her.

  • My 5 years old niece had an appendicitis surgery a few days ago.
  • My 3 years old cousin was beaten up by a staff member at his school and lost a tooth. Highly cruel! He also has some issues with his gums and lips, as a result of the beating. He is a special child in his family as he was born 13 years after his sister was born. We were shocked to hear this as we know that he has never even been spanked by his own mom.
  • My maternal Uncle is suffering from Jaundice and my other cousin is suffering some kind of depression due to a financial problem.
  • Another Uncle, who was healed from mouth cancer about 10 years ago, now has pain in his mouth due to the laser treatments done to cure his cancer and is not able to eat anything. The doctors have told his family that there is no cure to this and he has to live with this throughout his life.
  • My cousin’s one year old daughter, who celebrated her Birthday recently, is not feeling well now, and we found out that this little one has two blocks in her heart.
I could write a few more here… I have a big extended family. But my point is I didn’t know all these things until I called my mom and sister, who are there in our native place. It was a casual, everyday call, but the information I got from them is unusual. I can also add some of my friends’ issues as well.

My response to my sister was, “Okay, let us do one thing. It is our responsibility to pray for them all. Let us spend at least five or ten minutes every day to pray for each of these family members, praying about their very specific needs and safety. Let us not end our prayers after telling Him only about our own needs.”

After the call, when it was bed time, I knew I wanted to follow what I said. Realizing that I have to get up no later than 6 AM to get ready for the office, I thought I would get ready to sleep, and then pray while laying down before sleeping. But as soon as I curled up to one side comfortably I fell into a deep sleep before I finished my first prayer point.

I am sure you, too, hear information like this from your immediate, and extended family, and from your friends as well apart from watching/reading NEWS. I am also sure that we are people oriented. We love them. We cannot, or we never want to, live in isolation. When any of them faces trials, and we get to know about these, the default response from us is always, “I will pray for you.” It’s good to give comforting words. But is that just for that moment? Or are we really taking all these ‘I will pray for you’s seriously? Are we really remembering what we heard, and praying for these matters sincerely? Please remember that they don’t need your sympathy.

Do we really mean what we say we will do, but still are not able to do ? Our prayers can bring healing to someone, can bring breakthroughs in the lives of many, can bring change in laws of nations, can save someone from suicide. Let us remember all those sweet moments when someone came to us  and said, “Hey, your prayers really worked!!! Praise God!!” This will encourage us to pray with a sincere heart! Shall we start doing it today in case we are not doing it now-a-days?  After all, we know we have a prayer answering God!

May God bless your heart that wants to pray for others!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Say 'No' to Human trafficking!!!


Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6: 19,20

I never thought much about Human Trafficking until I heard some of my friends telling me about it. There came a time when we had to think about sending my sister to Bangalore or Chennai to search for a job. For some reasons my parents hesitated to send her to the big cities. I argued with them, saying that she needs to go out to explore the world. Keep in mind that I am not there to help her, by having her stay with me. However, my argument with my parents ended when I heard my roommates talking about some incidents happened in Chennai, India recently. I have listed three of these incidents below.

1.       Three young girls were staying in a ladies hostel. They looked professional and interacted with others nicely. No one had a clue that they were prostitutes until they were arrested by the Police.
 
2.       A young woman, who is from a village, moved to Chennai to start her career. She fell under the influence of a rich friend, who also stayed in the same hostel. She started going out with this friend and ended up a lot of time with some wealthy people. Things went well, until she found out that she, herself, had posed for some dirty pictures/videos without her knowledge. She was threatened by her own friend’s friends and was asked to do certain things which she never wanted to do in her life. Eventually, the burden became too much for her to bear, she told her father about all these and he filed a complaint against them.


3.       A girl found a guy in a social network. She never knew him before. But they both continued chatting whenever they could. The girl thought she had fallen in love with him and sent many of her pictures to him with all kinds of outfits; but the guy never sent his picture to her. One day they planned to meet. This girl was shocked to the core when she saw an old man instead of a young guy. With all the pictures she had sent him he started blackmailing her.

When I think of these, I really thank God, for He has kept me and my friends safe so far. Let me explain to non-Indians about South Indian tradition and culture here as they may not know about it. This post is about the ladies’ perception of human trafficking. This may apply to gents too. If you’re a guy, don’t stop here. Move on, it is also for you and you may help your friends by passing this.

In ancient days in India, women were not allowed to study and were kept at home, and were made to marry someone they didn’t even see until their wedding. There was no outside exposure, or it was very minimal.

A few decades ago, the attitude of the people started changing a little, and some allowed their girls to go to school. Some even allowed their daughters to work. Yet the outside exposure was still limited, as they worked close to their own house. Most marriages were arranged marriages and the daughters had to obey to their parent’s decisions.

A few years ago, women started competing with men in all fields. As IT influenced everyone, parents were willing to send their daughters to any metro city like Chennai or Bangalore, which are known for job opportunities. This gave them access to the outside world with exposure to several cultures and backgrounds, as people from all over India move there. When I lived in Chennai, I had good friends with me. We never went out with unknown girls/guys. My friends were all responsible and, as a result, we never faced any major issues.

I’m not sure what changed in recent years. Everything looks upside down. Young women, who once were afraid of young men, now have to stay away from older men as well. Young women who once had to protect themselves from guys, now voluntarily fall into the trap. But it doesn’t stop there. Now, young women can also suffer from the relationships they keep with other young women. If we develop relationships with women who are willing to do anything for wealth and pleasure, it can lead us from purity into serious sin. Some girls even get addicted to immoral incestuous relationships with their own family or close relatives. A young woman who has moved out of her parent’s home, and who thinks that everything around her is good, is very ignorant or innocent.

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Other purposes can be extraction of organs.

Now let us analyze on the source of these issues.

1. Prostitution:  Everyone knows about it. I need not explain it. But I would like to quote one thing here. ‘A Canadian Report on Prostitution concluded that girls and women in prostitution have a mortality rate 40 times higher than the national average’. Then what leads them into this profession? About 72% of them are homeless. It can be due to irresponsible husbands and the need to provide for their children. About 92% of them say that they wanted to escape from this immediately. Dear men and women, think what your lusts and the evil desires to fulfill your flesh lead to.  In Matthew 5:28 the Bible clearly says that looking at a woman with lust itself is adultery.

2. Discontent:  You may have heard the term, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” But this simply isn’t always true. We tend to want something more when we are not content with what we already have. Issues between husbands and wives, lack of trust in each other may result in extra marital affairs, which is another type of human trafficking. When someone deliberately enters into an affair, it’s not just themselves that is affected. It destroys them, along with their careers, and, more importantly, their families. Listen to what the Bible tells us: to be content with what we have. Hebrews 13:5

3. Pornography:  Now anything is one click away. The Internet and magazines can be used for good or bad. They reach everyone’s bedroom now-a-days. They are seen even in the hands of little children of age 2+. With that said, pornography is a 96 billion dollar per year industry.  Why is it that the pornography industry is growing so rapidly? The culprit here is the demand. Yes, the demand! Nobody runs a business if the demand is not high. If people would stop consuming pornography, it would go away. And yet, the pornography industry is a huge consumer of human trafficking. Many of the “performers” in that industry have been sold into a life of slavery. Before you click something, answer these questions. Is it appreciable by your parents and elders? Would you want to watch it in front of them? Would you look at it if Jesus was standing next to you? If your answer is no, then don’t click it. The Bible tells us to run away from the temptation. Remember God watches over you day and night. He never sleeps, He never slumbers. You are accountable for all that you do. Romans 14:12 says, "So then each of us shall give account of himself to God."


4. Lust for wealth: Money makes the world go round. This is a common saying. However, unhealthy desires to earn money can lead people into sinful behavior, such as performing sexual acts for money, or even stealing and selling human organs. Remember a single sexually transmitted disease is enough to take away everything from you. Don’t play with the lives of innocent people in your desires for wealth. The Bible says ‘Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked’ in Psalm 37 : 16

5. Innocence:  Most youngsters don’t know how to differentiate between a good touch and a bad touch. Parents, you have more experience than them, so please teach them about the bad touches. Young adults need to be wise as serpents. (Matthew 10:16) An unhealthy friendship, or even an unhealthy relationship with a family member or close relative, can lead to disaster. This is the time for friends and family members to shine. Even when you realize that something is not right, then just Speak up! Raise your voice! Don’t be afraid. Speak to your parents, even if you are a young adult. Parents should have a close, loving relationship with their children so they don’t have any issues in sharing their personal stories with them. Sow the right seeds in your child’s heart.

6. Fear of Rejection:  Learn to say no to the things that strictly deserve ‘No’. Don’t try to prove your love by obeying disrespectful calls. Don’t be intimidated into doing things that you know are wrong. If you aren’t sure, don’t do it. Anyone that truly loves you, will respect your sincerity in keeping yourself pure and will love you more. 

7. Advanced usage of technology:  Morphing is becoming very popular in some cultures these days. Morphing involves the technique of taking someone’s picture and morphing it into a pornographic picture, either with, or without, the person’s knowledge. Needless to say, this can do serious damage to a person’s reputation and relationships. Do to others as you would like them to do to you. Can you even imagine what you do to others can actually be done to your own sister? Stop taking technology for granted. It’s a God given blessing & should be used for His glory.

8. Lack of fear of God: This is the main root cause of everything listed above. The movie industry would have us believe that all good people go to heaven. In fact, Satan would have us believe that heaven and hell do not exist. But we know otherwise. And, if you think that the salvation which you received long ago is a fireproof card to escape from hell, then please be reminded about the judgment day which the Bible talks about. We have to stand before the King of Kings one day. He will judge us according to what we did on Earth. He is a just judge.

9. Dowries:  In some cultures, the payment of dowries to man’s family in exchange for marriage, is very common. Is this not a form of human trafficking? The man’s family is accepting money, selling their son into a marriage. Marriage is a sacred gift from God, and should never be based on money. It should only be based on the will of God. The funny fact is, when a guy’s family doesn’t demand a dowry, people think that there is something wrong with the guy.  We are living in horrible days when marriages are even stopped because the bride’s family does not provide the dowry on time.  Guys, this is a serious call for you. Stop blaming your parents and the society. What are you thinking your wife should have? The qualities that Proverbs 31 describes? Or a lady with a whole lot of money, beauty and jewels?

10. The feel of guilt: Last but not least, in case, dear Brothers and Sisters, if you or your friends have involved in any of the above, I wanted to remind you that it is not over. You need not live in guilt. Jesus came into the world for the sinners. He gave His life for us when we were quite unlovable, when we were sinners. In Isaiah 1:18, the Lord says, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Yes, His blood is able to wash your sins and free yourself from your guilt.

Will you accept Him as your savior today? Will you see others in the same way that Jesus would see them? People are not flesh and blood so you can do whatever you want to them, but they are God’s temple. God lives in them. And they are precious to God. Every human being, from the moment of conception, is created in the image of God, and are all equal in the eyes of God.

One of my friends and his team 'Bearing Armor' have a website that is exclusively for standing against human trafficking. Please visit http://bearingarmor.org/main.aspThey are also on FaceBook now. https://www.facebook.com/bearing.armor - This is the link to their account. Please also watch the video they posted on the main page. It is very powerful. I have also added it here.