Today’s newspaper front page read ‘UN: 100,000 Syrian refugees stranded’. The civil war in Syria has forced people to flee from the nation to neighboring countries. Thousands have been stranded at crossing points, and many innocents have been killed, orphaned, widowed and left homeless. Several humanitarian organizations are reaching out to this cry for help and working towards providing the refugees with food, medicine and shelter. Another headline read ‘42 dead as Morocco bus plunges into ravine’.
The title of this article is a very famous song by a reggae artist Shaggy.
Listening to this song reminded me of a time in my childhood when my little sister and my elder brother used to fight. My sister would end up crying and my parents would come running and ask her what happened. Innocently or craftily (I don’t know to this day), she would point in my direction or call out my name. The repercussion for me was quite severe. This article is not a pay back, but just a reminder of how easy it is to blame someone else for whatever happens.
The Bible talks about offering our lives as a fragrance of worship to God(Romans 12:1). It’s recently that I understood the true meaning of that statement.
I soaked few clothes in a bucket, and played with the soap bubbles, thinking how great it smelt. Something came up and I could not wash them that day. Few days went by, and I still couldn’t wash them, mostly due Continue reading Does Your Life Stink?→
This is yet another post written by my friend Mrs. Anitha Abby. You can read her previous post here!
After moving to Saudi, I have begun to develop an obsession with cleanliness (especially of my kitchen, which probably has something to do with my fear of cockroaches) and hence I have begun to notice the speed at which dust accumulates at my home. I began to think of all the time I spend cleaning my home, taking out the trash etc. Even if I dust, vacuum and straighten up every other day, I would still find dust accumulated on nearly every surface of the house in a day or two. Dust just needs a small orifice and its back in our homes.
I started to reflect on how the state of our homes is a lot like our lives. We accumulate dust and filth through our everyday lives and sometimes we don’t even realize it. Continue reading Spring Cleaning!→
One of the most exciting days I remember from my childhood was when daddy bought our first film camera. We were so anxious to hold it and my mom was very careful NOT to give it to us as we were still quite young. We were very cautious while using the camera and made sure everyone stood properly, smiled and focused so that none of the photographic film rolls were wasted. With time and technology advancement came the digital age with the popular DSLR/HD still & 3D cameras, which offered even sharper, crisp pictures and made things simpler. We could preview our pictures instantly, delete, view, edit using photo manipulation software, upload pictures and there was no need to buy film rolls or even visit a photo lab. We prefer the latest technology cameras, because Continue reading Do you KNOW HIM?→
Recently I received an advice from a friend in regards to Nathan (my son) which taught me a great spiritual lesson. I was told not to let Nathan watch certain types of cartoons which promote violence, revenge or too much ‘dishum-dishums’. Ironically, this included one of my favorite cartoon in my childhood- Tom & Jerry. The explanation was quite simple. Kids tend to relate to the cartoon characters as real people and all the chasing, hitting, behavior etc as natural things and tend to ‘pick them up’ or copy them. Very often, it’s too late by the time parents realize the source of such violent outbursts. This is not their mistake as Continue reading Spiritual Heart Attack!→
Almost everyone will at some time in their life be affected by depression, including feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, worthlessness and helplessness. I too was caught in this web several times, and I felt that nothing was going the way I expected. I preferred to be left alone and far away from everyone. Fear seized my heart and I found myself in tears followed by sleepless nights & worry over how I could turn things around. Continue reading When thoughts pull you down!→
There was a time when shopping used to be simple. Milk was just milk and bread was just bread. Today, life is so much more complicated. Milk comes in varieties like skimmed, low-fat; full cream, full fat etc. Buying bread is even more complex! One item I recently purchased is a light bulb. I found myself in front of a rack of different types of bulbs. There were halogen bulbs, fluorescent, LED, high intensity, incandescent etc. Each bulb produces different intensity of light and was designed with Continue reading Let it Shine!→
As a home maker, I sometimes struggle to hit the balance between looking after our home and our 1 year old son Nathan. Usually my house work gets done when he is asleep, so I can finish everything without interruption. Even in the midst of this, I would often run to his room to check on him, his sleeping position, rhythm of breathing etc. and also if he is about to wake up. In case he wakes up and finds no one around, he starts crying and I run to him hearing his cry to comfort him. I would rather prefer staying next to him when he wakes up smilingly than to see him cry.
Recently I happened to listen to one of the song by Glen Campbell titled ‘Try a Little Kindness’ which touched my heart very much. As I listened to it over and over again, God began to speak to me through that song. The lyric goes like this –
If you see your brother standing by the road With a heavy load from the seeds he’s sowedAnd if you see your sister falling by the way Just stop and stay you’re going the wrong way
You got to try a little kindness Yes show a little kindness Just shine your light for everyone to see And if you try a little kindness Then you’ll overlook the blindness Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets
I guess the message about kindness is conveyed well through this song.There are times when we see our friends, brothers and sisters facing difficult situations in their lives because of the seeds they have sown in the past. We see people who stumble in their walk of life because of the wrong decisions they make. When we see such things happening around us,most of the times we find ourselves engaged in gossiping about those people from ear to ear,spreading news about their fall. Often we forget who we are in Christ and what the Bible teaches us to do for them.
All we need to do is to “Try a little kindness’.We have to let our light which we have received from Jesus to shine for everyone to see. We have to lend a helping hand to those who have fallen.The word of God instructs us to admonish them and bring them back to the love of Christ. We read in the gospels that Jesus had compassion towards the sick and His heart went out for them. He never let anyone return the same way they came to Him but he healed their sickness, restored their lives and delivered the oppressed. Jesus was full of love and compassion. So we who are saved and called out for His kingdom also should have the same attitude that of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5 (NIV)