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Reflections of a silent heart

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Dear diary

It has been long since I last stroked down my pen. I have been overweighed by thoughts and the lack of time to put them down here. It is always a joy to come back.

2019 came to an end. We are in the second month of 2020, with 327 more opportunities before its lapse. Marriage has been a beautiful story. Work has been quite engaging but full of life’s lessons. The Lord has continued to be remain faithful, revealing Himself even more than before. In other words, a number of things have changed in my life…but leaving me wiser and better. In the midst of that, I saw the need to put together the thoughts, reflections and insights the silence has taught me.

1. Chances of getting hurt occur on a daily basis, but Forgiveness is mandatory. You may take measures to safeguard your heart, just like a recent blog I read on Desiring God’s page – that true mercy forgives then acts wisely. It doesn’t place abusers or embezzlers back into sensitive situations until there is clear evidence and fruit of repentance. It does not block communication or interaction, it simply forgives.

2. No one ever got paid enough. There are high salaries…crazy high salaries that we all pray for. We imagine that on being paid that much, all our problems will be solved. Surely even the Good Book alludes to that; money is the answer for everything, Ecc 10:19. The Book however does not stop there, it says that the race is not for the swift, or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant…it goes on and on. My work has taught me that unless the Lord himself seals all money sucking holes, unless He gives the ability to enjoy wealth (Ecc 5:19-20)…then the same people beg, run for advances and loans and have sleepless nights. Be content with what you have, and pray that the Lord keeps you occupied with gladness of heart (vs 20).

3. Do not be too tired to serve, or show sympathy. Most of the time when we feel reeaally tired, we usually are not tired at all – it is our minds that tell us we are tired. Think about it. You have been in a retreat or conference for about 3-4 days, and your participation in the conference is basically attending. Or simply hanging out, eating and sleeping. You travel back home, slide on the couch and convince everyone how tired you are from a one week retreat. I have learnt that our minds decide when we feel tired. And when we commit ourselves not to feel tired, new energy comes up. We often make mistakes, speak inconsiderably and regret later, fail to assist or be with someone because we ­feel tired. Learn how, with wisdom to determine when you really are tired.

4. The Lord sustains jobs. Your work is to work, to trust and obey. Relinquish control and let the Lord keep you in your job. As long as He needs you there and irrespective of what is said or done to you, He will find a way. The Bible says that the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he wills, Prov. 21:1. We may not be directly affected by what a king does right now, but we do have kings with us; masters, fathers, local leaders…etc. We have a responsibility to believe, to trust that whatever they do to us or concerning us is a turning of the Lord as He wills. And so we can pray that His turning of their hearts continues to work for our good.

5. When wealth increases, set your heart not on it, but on the Giver, and the Giver’s people. Instead of hoarding it like the rich fool in Luke 12, focus on becoming a blessing to others. When you are starting a business, ask, as a Christian, what do I want to see in this? How will I divide my income?

Time again does not allow me to continue, and so I live it at that.

I hope you are blessed!

6 COMMENTS

  1. For sure, God is our help, He is the one who sustains us. He is Sovereignly in control of who we meet and where we are at any given time. He keeps us even at our places of work, sustains our friendships for as long as it is His will. For His glory and for our good.

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