Saturday, August 30, 2014

Being Wanted



Billy Graham once said our modern philosophy of self-reliance and self-sufficiency has caused many to believe that we can make the grade without God. “Religion,” they argue, “may be all right for certain emotional people, but you can’t beat a man who believes in himself.” But this self-confident generation has produced more alcoholics, more dope addicts, more criminals, more wars, more broken homes, more assaults, more embezzlements, more murders, and more suicides than any other generation that ever lived. It is time for all of us to take stock of our failures, blunders, and costly mistakes. It is about time that we are putting less confidence in ourselves and more trust and faith in God

I wonder if you've ever thought about the incredible number of messages that rain down on us every day; television ads, e-mails, phone calls, magazines, junk mail. Videos, billboards, conversations—the list is almost endless.

     How many of those shape our thinking?  How many of them subtly convince us that the road to happiness is really paved with possessions, or beauty, or money, fame, or any of a hundred other things?  How many of them persuade us that the most important thing in life is financial success, or the esteem of others, or power, or sex?  It’s hard to resist the cumulative impact of so many messages.

     But God says our thinking must be shaped by His truth.  What this world calls valuable, God calls worthless.  What this world scorns, God exalts. “My thoughts are not as your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” (Isaiah 55:8).
    
What would need to change for you to honour God with your life?

Sometimes our hearts are so foolish. Even though when we have been walking with God and tasting His blessing on our lives, still we so easily turn from Him and put ourselves first, honouring ourselves instead of Him. If you find yourself wandering away from God today, remember the blessing in your life when you were walking with Him. His nearness in your heart, a sense of peace and rightness about your life, His voice speaking to you through His word, Him working through you in the lives of others.

God allows us to do valiantly. Things we never thought possible become almost commonplace. God will enable us to do things we never even dreamed of. Rely upon the Lord, and He will help you conquer the enemies of your heart and mind that threaten to make you less than He wants you to be.

Blessings,

Raj Kosaraju

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Choices We Make



In life, we have a choice. We can expose the weaknesses of others, or we can look away and help cover it up. Likewise, we can expose the goodness of others or look away and ignore it. All too often it seems that people uncover the bad and bury the good.

Strange though it may seem, these are often the people most difficult to love. Why? Because they feel unwanted, they are convinced that their lives are wasted, useless, and a bother. They wrestle with inferiority, thoughts of suicide, a twisted self-image, and a loss of self-respect. This results in all sorts of unattractive and unappealing responses. Because they entertain such a repulsive self-image, it is only natural that they act repulsively. This unpleasant lifestyle isolates them even more, of course, "confirming" their gutter-level opinion of themselves. What a sad, sad cycle!

Instead of loving these people, we usually label them.
Instead of caring, we criticize.
Instead of getting next to them, we react, we resent, we run.
Instead of "kissing the frog," we develop ways of poisoning it—or, at best, ignoring it completely.
Have you done any serious business with God lately?      
Got any problems?          
Are you dealing with any difficult people?          
Are you faced with any seemingly impossible situations?

We were all created for one another. There is not sense in trying to deny it. Those who attempt to stand on their own two feet find that they tire before long, and they wish they had someone to lean on. God created us equal, so that we can adequately fill one another's needs. He hopes we will share our lives with one anther and with Him. People who feel they are above needing others will be shown the error of their ways in due time. It is better to admit our need and wander this wilderness with companions who make the journey a lot more enjoyable.

But we all know that real life in the workaday world is often complicated, frustrating and unfulfilling. Work problems are real: stress, job dissatisfaction, unemployment, the question of fair wages, and other ethical concerns demand careful consideration that moves beyond the mandate of Genesis 1, but without losing sight of it.

In life, we have a choice. We can expose the weaknesses of others, or we can look away and help cover it up. Likewise, we can expose the goodness of others or look away and ignore it. All too often it seems that people uncover the bad and bury the good. But we have to act like Shem and Japheth and turn away from the bad parts of others, and then act like Isaiah, revealing the good in others.

Today, try to see the good in every person that you meet. You won’t just be looking at a more pleasant view; you’ll be looking at the truth.

Blessings,

Raj Kosaraju