Posts from January 2020 (Page 2)

Posts from January 2020 (Page 2)

Day 9: Character Profits

Bible Reading: Titus 1 I once heard the banter about how if you buy people for what they look like on the outside, and sell them for what they really are in private, you will make an astounding profit. Sadly, I think that there’s a lot of truth in that. We live in an impression-seeking world, and it seems so easy to get swamped into that space of living up to the impression-demand. There was a time when people would…

Day 8: The Epaphras and The Paul Factors

Bible Reading: Colossians 4 We all love ‘main stage’ moments! We will all naturally devote ourselves to follow, analyze, criticize and make assessments based on what we see in the main stage moments. Inasmuch as the nature of life understandably puts the spotlight on the main stage, we must progressively come to learn that the details behind the scenes are what create the main stage moments.  Better put, everything we watch on the screens is created by details behind-the-scenes. And…

Day 7: Renewals

Bible Reading: Colossians 3 I became a biological father for the first time over three years ago.  My fathering journey has clearly shown me that there are the very priceless, exciting and fulfilling parts of the journey, and there are also the ‘this-is-real-life’ parts that you grow up to love.  It’s good to keep a healthy expectation- fathering a child is not just about snapping pictures and having new DPs; it’s also about swapping pampers and buying new diapers. (Yes,…

Day 6: Don’t Cheapen This Thing!

Bible Reading: Colossians 2 It doesn’t take much to become big on our smallness! In fact, if we aren’t consciously reopening our minds and hearts to rediscover truth and objectivity, we are already on our way to becoming so swamped into our smallness and making it a big deal. We all have the tendency to take a big thing and cheapen it- the Colossians did, and we also do in this day and age. You can almost touch Paul’s intensity…

Day 5: What just happened?!

Bible Reading: Colossians 1 Have you ever had one of those I-didn’t-see-that-coming moments, when it all happened so fast and beyond your imagination that you had to start looking for a replay button? A guy being bullied by security officers as a ‘yahoo-boy’ and asked to kneel down and ’bring it out’ and suddenly on his knees, he turns with a ring and a ‘will you marry him’ to his girlfriend, who is so engrossed begging for him. I didn’t…

Day 4: Don’t Leave Life To Chance!

Bible Reading: Philippians 4 As Paul closes out this heartfelt letter to the Philippians, you hear the underlying theme in this chapter: ‘take responsibility for your life’.  We all have that tendency to get swamped in the motions and allow most of our lives to automatedly unfold before us.  Paul’s writings today totally confront that tendency in us. I think of it as more than just the routines of a day, or of a period of my life. I’m thinking…

Day 3: Gains and Losses

Bible Reading: Philippians 3 Every smart business person doesn’t just want to be active in the market. They want to be able to point out profits on the other side of all the ‘marketeering’.  A first step towards that is usually being able to define what profit and loss really are. What are we out to achieve, really?  Life can get so fast that we can get so swamped and entirely miss the point of our pursuits. At the start…

Day 2: Rightly Tuned; Rightly Minded

Bible Reading: Philippians 2 There’s this Nigerian street expression I think I like. When someone does something audacious, they’d tell you ‘you have mind!’ I mean, who doesn’t? We can say everyone has a mind, but maybe what’s more important than merely having a mind is what we ‘tune’ our minds to. Philippians 2 is not just Paul emptily encouraging the Philippians about being ‘like-minded’ with each other (v. 2) or bragging about Timothy being ‘like-minded’ with him (v. 20). …

Day 1: Heartful and Helpless?

Bible Reading: Philippians 1 Have you ever tried to pinpoint the number of thoughts that run in your heart every day? Let me help- experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day! That’s an average of 2500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour.  Let’s be honest- that’s a whole lot to handle! While there are the play around, largely inconsequential thoughts, there are those thoughts that kind of sit heavy on your heart with some great…
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