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October 2013

Heart of Gold!

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see… Winston Churchill.

I met her through a mutual friend. It was at a point I wasn’t particularly interested in any form of friendship (think I’ve had my own fair share of ‘frienemies’ and was already done with even wishing I never met any of them) whatsoever but there was something about her that ignited my curiosity. She was radical in a cool kind of way and beneath the seemingly tough exterior is this ‘heart of gold’ that really wowed me. She is one of these rare kind of friends that makes you feel like a billion dollar bucks when you are with them.

Our friendship blossomed and we grew into each other. She, even without her realizing it changed some certain stereotypical opinion of mine about women. She is beauty, brain and virtue in a single body. I mean, this woman is caring to a fault. She loves God deeply and her willingness to live by His standards is quite remarkable. She is not without her failings, one of which is her being blunt to a fault, but also has this unusual willingness to admit and work on them. I’ve known her for quite a while now and her kindheartedness never ceases to blow my mind. I’ve seen her grown and like fine wine, she’s keeps getting better by the day. She is such a rare gem…the Proverbs 31 kind of a woman!

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Our choices matter!

Only God

No man wants to live a meaningless life. All of us desire deep down inside, to know that somehow, someway, our lives have made a difference. We are continually shaped by our backgrounds and changing or rather evolving life’s varying paths even as it moulds and influences our overall character and abilities. The challenge however, is how even the best of us seem to focus on developing our external appearance and strength than on our internal character. Admittedly, our society is more ‘image marketing’ driven than ‘character development’ driven so it’s no surprise why much of our focus is on the ‘acquire it all’ syndrome. Like someone once commented, we spend resources we don’t have to acquire things we don’t need in order to impress people we don’t like or that don’t even realize we exist at all. Our lives in the process become more self centered than God centered. We tend to forget the externals are never sufficient, either for now or for eternity and just keep making poor choices in our everyday lives.

We make hundreds of choices everyday and seldom see lasting repercussions from many of them but because the next choice could be the one that changes everything, we have reasons to acknowledge our reliance on the protection and leading of God in every circumstance. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil”- Proverbs 3:5-7. When we acknowledge Him in all things, He’ll make our ways prosperous and mould us after His very own heart. Like clay in the hands of the Potter, He’ll nurture and refine our ‘inner men’ and ultimately make us worthy of His kingdom. Worthy of note is also that it is not just enough to seek and trust the leading of God for our everyday choices, we should endeavour to tame our desire to act in defiance of His timing because that could be our undoing. Inactivity is painful for the externally oriented, for they feel the need to make something happen rather than to wait for the Lord’s timing. Absolute trust in God is not just about trusting Him for directions, trusting His timing is also key to living the impactful life!

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