Hunger is one ill Consuming the world; An evil making life Miserable for millions Of people On planet earth; An ill that ought to Be eradicated; In a world of abundance, Many cannot be living On crumbs; Hand outs; Unable to afford One good meal Of their own a day; Many cannot be begging To have a bite; But what makes people Go hungry? Poverty; Because of poverty They cannot buy food To eat; But why poverty In a world of abundance? The world has enough For everybody to be fine; But why are some so poor? The greed of others; The injustice that rocks The world; The unfair distribution Of the world’s resources; If we wanted There would be no hunger In the world; If we wanted There would be no poor In the world; If we wanted Nobody would go hungry; There is enough for all; All we need is To remove greed From our hearts; To love one another; To be fair to one another; To be just to one another, And everyone will be fine; Poverty and hunger Will vamoose from our planet. Instead of Being deeply entrenched. This canker worm Has to be eradicated.
What is the value of your quality of life? Perhaps as Christians, it’s understanding we do not do spontaneous things without putting God first into the equation. Does your quality of life reflect the image of our Holy God? Can we have a good quality of life if we are living in constant sin?
In my childhood years, I thought the quality of life only depended on attending church. We dressed in our finest apparel and polished loafers. Socializing with other members of the church created encouragement and acceptance. But was that ‘quality,’ or was it just an hour of mingling?
Christian living isn’t easy, but challenges and difficulties of life help us grow to have Jesus Christ’s mind and the character of God. He gave us the Bible to teach us the best way to live. However, very few Christians rarely make time to comprehend it. It is a wealth of information on the quality of life because it addresses fruitfulness, success, happiness, joy, purpose, and blessings. So, allow me to highlight some points on today’s topic.
In the New Testament, God relates the quality of life to an assurance of His favor and a sense of doing His will. In some circumstances, material blessings imply much, but the focus is not on physical possessions. Personal greed, lust, and pride are explicitly mentioned as the adversaries of a quality of life, for they create selfishness.
“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
So, what is a real quality of life for Christians? It is spending our days in the expectation and hope of eternal life in God’s kingdom. We can start by abiding by the Ten Commandments, which is a firm guideline for morals. Let’s add unity, harmony, and peace with the Lord and others into the equation. It is loving all God’s children, and sometimes using ‘tough love’ in His image. We should remain in constant prayer and often praise His Holy name.
I ask, is there peace inside your heart, soul, and mind? It’s about time that all Christians get off the fence and plow their ground. Respect the written Word of God, for your salvation is at risk. Do not attempt to minimize or change the Laws of God to suit your own needs.
Take this moment to ask God to come and enter your body of flesh and heal your spirit. It’s a temple, so dust off your soul, vacuum your spirit, and cleanse the ungodly thoughts. Now you will begin to find the Christian quality of life.
God bless you!
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Let all be one; Let all the world be one; We are all one people; Nothing should divide us; Color should not; Language should not; Neither should culture; Nor Geography; Nor social status; Weather we are rich Or poor, That should not divide us; We are all humans; Children of one Father, Created by one God; With the same needs, And basic aspirations; We have no reason To be divided; And to be quarrelling And fighting; And killing one another; We fight over resources; We each want to be superior; To be calling the shots; What good is that? All that is vanity; The resources of the world Are enough for all; If shared equitably; And we can do so If we leave out greed; And love one another; What is difficult in that? Let us make all the world One world; One people; Working together In love and peace; For a world enjoyable to all.
Who is wondering like me? Where are we headed to? What is the destiny of humanity? I find a lot of things worrisome in this world; And wonder why we can’t do something about them; Can’t we ward off The impending disaster? It’s right at our threshold; And do you know why? We are moving in the wrong direction; We have failed to pay heed To what our Creator requires of us. Haven’t we been comnanded to love one another? And be each other’s keeper? But what do we do? We hate one another; And want one another sitting in mud; If we loved one another, We wouldn’t be cheating others, There wouldn’t be injustice; We wouldn’t be quarrelling; We wouldn’t be fighting; We wouldn’t be killing one another; Where we are now, We are heading to disaster; Trouble never before seen; We may destroy this most precious possession: The world. Which means we will destroy one another; Is that fair? It’s quite stupid of us; And the work of greed. No! we must save the world. We cannot destroy ourselves
society is bombarded with many slogans that portray us to be “deserving” of
something. Such self-focused messages are:
“You deserve a break today…” used by
“You owe it to yourself…” used by
“Treat yourself to take the break
you deserve” used by Hilton HHonors
the dynamics of families and relationships, how many times have you graciously
gave a gift and never received a “thank you” of any kind? How often have you
heard the stories of parents passing away, and the children fought over the
estate and money? If a sibling or parent is near their deathbed, do they
deserve to be treated with respect if they never reciprocated love to family
members in a state of healthiness? What if a husband and wife purchase a home
with their hard-earned money – should their children feel entitled to the
the business world, employees arrive late and perform their duties with little
ambition. They demand pay raises and better benefits. Are they really deserving
of it? Or, a parent scrapes and works hard to grow a business, and their grown
children now believe they’re entitled to run it when the parent is deceased.
also run into the same dilemmas when the congregation feels entitled to receive
answers from their pastors or to hold positions within the house of worship.
And, while I walk down the path of religious connotations, many believers feel
deserving of God’s blessings. Speaking of this, do you know why much of
humanity walks away from God and stops believing in Him? They prayed for an
answer they wanted to hear and didn’t receive it. He was a means to get what
they felt entitled to in life! Ironically, I believe our church leaders are
responsible for this incorrect train of thought. They stand on the pulpit and
preach God will meet all our needs and give them their desires if they pledge
their soul to Jesus. The fact is our sin separates us from the Lord.
Entitlement is a dangerous walk in life – it’s Godlessness. Let me be frank here – God, parents, and employers owe us nothing. God blesses us with things because He wants to – an unconditional love of grace. A selfish demand for His generosity will reap no benefits. It’s that simple!
ministry spoke of loving others with a grateful heart. This includes treating
each other with respect, even amidst our differences. The well-being of
gratitude promotes healthy relationships, both in our walk with the Lord and
relationships with others.
the subject of parenting, fewer children today respect their elders. They
ignore the recognition parents deserve for years of hard work and dedication to
their families because they live in the “gimme, gimme” world. These generations
are gifted with their heart’s desires, and they expect it from the parents.
Thus, the slogans I mentioned at the beginning of the message above, come into
play. As the children grow older, they feel entitled to life. Little do we
know, it promotes laziness, ungratefulness, and the subject of this blog –
entitlement. What are we teaching our children and others?
how can we live a life feeling less entitled to things and people?
• Humbly give thanks to God for all we receive. “Give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for
you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
• Remember the grace of God, for Jesus died on the cross for
our sins. We do not deserve to be treated with graciousness for our sinful
attitudes, but the Lord’s love and grace reaches out to us, anyway. “At one
time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of
passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one
another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved
us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
• Set your mind on eternity with the Lord and not on this
world. Money and physical possessions mean nothing, for they cannot be taken
with you to heaven. “But, as it is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear
heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love
him…” 1 Corinthians 2:9
• Continuously pray for discernment of entitlement. Why do I
feel entitled, and how can I change this train of thought?
In summary of today’s message, expect little, receive with a grateful heart, and always give thanks. Give God the glory for your unexpected blessings!
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Greed and pride, Two evils That place the world On a danger list; Greed and pride Eating deep Into human hearts; The desire To have the best Each For themselves, To enjoy the best, Caring nothing About the rest; The desire To be honoured; Hailed; If not adored By fellow humans; The vaulting ambition To be great; To enter the annals of history; Forgetting That all is vanity; Nothing but vanity; Empty air That soon melts Like snow At sun rise. Vanity of vanity. Let us be honest; Let us stop This greed and pride.
I am traveling;
I am in a bus
Heading to a different city;
Long is the journey;
And what is worse,
It’s a most tiring one;
Bumps here and there;
This is the fate
God’s creation has;
Because of greed
That fills many hearts;
Take away greed
The world will be fine;
But how do we do that?
The golden question.
“Ask me to name the two worst enemies of the world and without hesitation, I will name greed and ego. The world has no enemies worse than these two. They are destroying the world at lightening speed. It’s tragic that we don’t seem to be aware.” (Romilia quotes)