Is there an end to studying? With grey hair, I want to be back in class; I am hungry to learn; To know some more; I know it won’t be easy; I will be slow; But no problem with that; The fast make it fast; The slow make it slower; What matters is to make it; I will go at my pace; But my target Remains the winning point. I want to win Not by being first, Or being second, Or average, But simply by crossing The winning line. Indeed, there is no end To learning. The bare truth is, I shall never stop learning.
I took a reprieve from yard manicuring and sipped on a glass of tea. Without warning, three doves flew down to join me and fed on the seed my love scattered about the ground the previous day. They were only a few feet from my chair. Amazed and with exuberance, I surmised there must be a message in their trusting action. Am I being watched, I wondered? Is my every move being noted and written down for judgment day?
In scriptures, the dove is often used to represent aspects of God’s spirit, instructing our lives. It is a symbol of peace, but it held much more significance, for it affirmed Jesus as the Messiah. As John baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in bodily form like a dove – the anointing of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, other heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; Matthew 3:16
Also, Noah experienced a connection with these birds. Following the Flood, he sent out a dove. It flew out over the sea but then returned to the ark. Noah waited a week before he left it go again. This time…
“…the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.” Genesis 8:11
The third time Noah sent out a dove, it did not return, revealing the dove had found a new home on the land of the earth. The message here? God had made peace with the earth and mankind.
The Lord held doves in greatness. One biblical event describes Jesus angrily driving out all the merchants from the Temple, including “those who sold doves” to worshipers (John 2:16). The happiest of birds, it identifies and represents divinity and purity, as Jesus acknowledged by His anger.
So, do you think God sends in the doves to confirm our faithfulness or as a subliminal sign He is near? It’s easy to comprehend because, after all, signs from God are clear as the day is long.
I want to share a personal event in my life. I married my wife on a beach in Destin, Florida. Standing on a platform next to the tall grasses and sand dunes, we recited our sacred vows. At the exact moment the Justice of Peace declared us man and wife, three doves flew out of the grass and over our heads. We will never forget it!
At first, we believed it was our deceased parents showing their approval, but now we view it differently – it was the Lord! To this day, His abundant blessings affect our life.
So, Lord, send in the doves! I built my sanctuary in honor of You. It gives me the strength for all things of which I can do to serve You better. I keep one eye on my blessings and the other on Your arrival. Standing like a soldier, I shall remain in prayer and feeding the doves You sent to watch over me this morning.
I love the days I can share Christ with all my readers. So many seeks the Lord, but He joins me in my daily thoughts. Call on our Lord, and He will send doves your way if you just have faith and pray. What a merciful Father, don’t you agree?
Send in the doves, Lord, and baptize us with powerful wings and life ever after.
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On the hillside Flows a spring; A spring of wisdom From the masters; The great teachers; Who is ready To drink pure water From this source? You have to nourish Your intellect daily; To get it blooming Like flowers in spring; Sharpen your life, With a file From the wise O planet earth.
It is a fact of life
That some people make it,
And some don’t;
And it is never an accident
When someone makes it
Big in life.
It is usually the result
The right things.
What you need to do
To make it big.
The question is:
Why do some people do
The right things,
And some do not?
Of course, it is easy
Not everybody can do
The right thing;
Someone cannot do
the right thing unless
The person knows
What the right thing is.
And there is only one way
To know the right thing:
A lot of people fail
Because they do not learn
What it takes to succeed.
The brilliant ones invest
Their money in acquiring
The knowledge they need;
The foolish ones don’t;
The foolish ones fail,
The brilliant ones succeed.
So, to make it big,
And you have a right to it,
Learn what it takes;
Acquire the knowledge
That is the way to go.
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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When you warned me, I did not listen; I tried to be nice; Ignoring the writing On the wall; Clear as it was; I thought around me I had human beings; Whereas I had wolves; Though they looked Like innocent lambs; Now, my eyes are open; I see better than I have ever done. I see the plane in the sky; I am wiser too. I have learned my lesson The hard way.
Who is learning As I am doing? I am learning To hate less And love more; I am learning To take less And give more; I am learning To frown less And smile more; I am learning To talk less And listen more; I am learning To fear less And dare more; I am Learning To criticize less And appreciate more; What about you?
Take your time And feed your mind; It needs Food to eat And water to drink; So that it may grow; And grow well; Nourishing food Is what it needs to eat; And clean water To drink; Knowledge Is the food Of the mind, But, just like Not all food Is good For the nourishment Of the body, Not all knowledge Is good For the nourishment Of the mind; As you must feed your body With nourishing food; Do same with your mind; Learn useful things; Give your mind A balanced diet; Dont forget fresh air And enough sunlight, The crops will grow well. And yield An abundant harvest. Your barns will be full.
Are you aware Of this fierce quarrel? I call it schools issue quarrel; Whether schools should open, or they should not; Whether children should go to school Or stay at home? Whether children should be learned Or be illiterate When they grow up? An issue best appreciated in context; Education, no doubt is good; But what do we do When the context is a complicated one? That is where I and my people are. Caught between a wild fire And the deep sea. We are in deep trouble; May God help us!
Have you found that learning is critical to success? Of that, I am certain.
Each time I take time and learn how to do something, I usually find it easier to do it; and the results I get are satisfactory.
On the other hand, each time I have dabbled into something important without having taken time to learn how to go about it, not only have I found it harder to do, but also, the results have not been pleasing.
This explains why I do encourage all my friends, readers and whoever I can to make an effort to put learning ahead of doing.
Take time to learn how to do whatever you want to do.
By the way, learning is a life long affair. If you stop learning, you stop growing.
It is important that no day should pass when you have not added to your stock of knowledge. By this I mean when you have not learned something new, be it a new word, a new idea, new fact, or a new way of doing things.
Ensure that you grow in knowledge everyday.
At the end of each day, you should be able to show to yourself one or two things that you learned.