A Single Lotus


“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth…” ~ Psalm 147:15

Flowers of various patterns and hues decorated the natural landscape. All who took a walk in the park were affected in way by their presence. It was either their fragrance, or their swaying in the cool morning breeze or their gentle and bright hues that made the morning walk a simple delight.

Tucked away in the distance, in a small pond stood a single lotus. ‘So beautiful’ I exclaimed. It stood alone planted in the pond whose stagnated waters had now turned murky. But yet it made a great difference to the entire natural landscape out there. It beautified the placed where it was planted. It was created in such a way so as to beautify the murky pond. The lotus in its own exquisiteness made a difference.

Are you finding yourself in the place of that lotus in a murky pond? ‘I wish I was born of a higher caste. I wish I could change the way I look. I wish my skin was of a lighter colour. I wish I had straight hair. I wish I was born in another family….’ Dear friend, let me encourage you to take this to heart – you can make a difference wherever God has planted you, be it your work place, your family or your neighbourhood no matter how squalid, dismal or gloomy your surroundings and circumstances be. God has put within you the potential to make a difference, to lend a different hue to the many lives around you. Remember there’s no another YOU! God created you and designed you to be YOU in your own special and unique way. So celebrate the good in you and use it to make a difference.

Prayer
“Dear Jesus, I thankyou for creating me and putting within me the potential to make a difference. May I do so always. Amen.”

Beautify the place where you are planted.

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

Cast Your Burdens!


Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

There was a woman walking along a highway, with a huge bundle of grass on her head, suddenly one car came and stopped near her and the door flung open. The glass of the window was lowered and a lady looked out, she asked this woman to get into the car as they were going the same direction.

The joy on the face of this woman was astounding.., she immediately sat in the car and kept the bundle on her lap. The lady in the car was surprised seeing this and asked this poor woman to keep the bundle down as there was enough space to accommodate it. But the response was even more surprising, the poor woman, said, ‘no, thanks madam, you have shown a great favor on me by giving me lift. Now if I put my bundle also down it will be taking undue advantage. And moreover the car would have to carry too many burdens’. The lady in the car smiled, and kept quiet.

Yes, this story definitely brings a smile on the faces of the readers, but we also do the same, don’t you think so!!! The poor woman out of ignorance did that, but what about us? God has called us to give us a life of abundance, He asks us to put away every burden and trust in Him, as He loves us and cares for us. And we try and mend the things as we please, we think we are helping God as the woman had thought she was helping.

Let us learn to trust God in every situation and cast all our anxiety on Him, we should know and believe that He would surely lead us through.

Prayer: Dear Father, help me believe that You are there for me and care for me. You would never let me down, help me not to be anxious about anything but put my trust in You. Thank You Lord for taking away my burdens. In Jesus name. Amen.

Sub header: There was a woman walking along a highway, with a huge bundle of grass on her head, suddenly one car came and stopped near her and the door flung open. The glass of the window was lowered and a lady looked out….

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

Abundant Life


“….I am come that they might have life and have it abundantly” ~ John 10:10

There’s so much joy and celebration over the birth of a child. Unlike other birthdays, the birth of Jesus was unique and witnessed heavenly celebration. For Jesus came into this world to bring us joy, hope and eternal encouragement through the abundant life found in Him alone. Hence Christmas is the celebration of the birth of eternal hope and encouragement. It’s a celebration of the joy that overflows from the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10.

Abundant life…..what is this abundant life? It doesn’t mean living long or having an abundance of things. It means living life with a purpose…..a God set, God designed purpose. And it is from this purpose that I draw my identity; it tells me who I am, to whom I belong. It gives me the true sense of fulfillment and satisfaction; it gives me the reason to hope and not give up and most of all it reminds me that I’m not forgotten by God but that God counts on me. And when I live out God’s purpose, the eternal hope, encouragement and joy are mine.

Mary and Joseph were just common folk. Their lives did not see an upward mobility in status nor did they get an abundance of material blessings or good luck because of Jesus. But they experienced hope and joy at the birth of Jesus; the hope of eternal life and joy of salvation. They lived out God’s purpose.

Prayer
“Dear Jesus, I believe that eternal joy, encouragement and hope are found in You alone. Thank you Lord. Help me live out Your purposes. Amen,”

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

True Life of the Soul


“By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.”
~ Luke 21:19

A soldier trains for the battle field. Similarly a runner is trained by his coach for the race of his life. Each spends hours, months and years in training so they can win. They are willing to endure hardship, suffer and keep away from things that can shake their focus only for this purpose.

We too have a battle to fight and a race to win. It is the race for the life of our soul! During our lifetime we will have to learn a lot of things, suffer for doing what is right and keep our focus on the things that God wants so that we can win the battle for our soul.

Satan knows the true value of our soul, after all Jesus our Savior died on the cross for it! Satan will always aim to throw us off the course, but we can through our steadfastness to God and our patience during difficult times overcome these obstacles from him.

Let us not fret when there are bad and difficult times. We need to remember that even in the worst of times, God can and will work out something good for us for He said, ‘All things work together for good for those who love the Lord.”

Hold on and don’t give up! Keep trusting in the Lord and He will come through for you!

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, forgive me for not having the right attitude towards hardships in my life. Help me Lord to overcome and be victorious in every area of my life, Amen.

wp_banner.jpgBe a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

As Instructed


‘The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them’ ~ Matthew 21:6

How would you respond if God asked you to do something that seems amusing? The disciples were instructed by Jesus to go into that particular town and untie a donkey and its colt and bring it to him. If any one asked they were to reply that the Lord wanted it. And truly enough it happened exactly the same way.

Being disciples of Christ calls us to do things were are not used to or things that make us feel awkward and uncomfortable on the inside. We get concerned of what the world will think about us. How will we look in the eyes of our peers and colleagues? We hesitate to follow God’s ways and flounder trying to keep up our image. Even simple little things like praying before a meal in a restaurant or the cafeteria, refusing to claim fudged bills, restraining from laughing at crude and vulgar jokes, refraining from using office stationery for personal use seem difficult. But when we truly give our hearts to Christ, and make it our goal to please him, we must follow him all the way no matter what it may demand of us. For then Christ is glorified. If the disciples disobeyed what Jesus told them to do or passed it to others to do the needful, they would not have become partners in fulfilling the prophecy that was spoken several years ago by the prophet Zechariah – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zec 9:9).

When we begin to follow Christ in small ways, regardless of what the world says, we are honouring Him above all. We grow more into his likeness and mature spiritually to take on bigger things God has in store for us to do to further his kingdom on earth.

Seek ways how you can honour Christ today.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me this valuable truth. May I seek to honour you regardless of what the world may think of me. Help me grow to take on the bigger things you have in store for me to do so that your name is glorified. Amen.”

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

Being Sharpened


We cannot escape people and having to deal with them no matter how reserved or private we are. We have to relate to our co-workers, classmates, co-travelers, co-shoppers and many with whom we interact on daily basis.

It is easy to interact pleasantly with people whom we meet occasionally like the clerk in supermarket or a co-traveler in public bus but it is tough to keep our sanity intact with people whom we see everyday. It is so tough to work out our differences that sometimes we tend to be bogged down with negative feelings about some people at work or school. We wish that we had someone else to work with instead of that person.

God brings people in our lives for a purpose. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17. The person who seems to be rude to you helps you learn self-control, patience, ability to forgive and accept; at the end of the day, these are the qualities that God wants to develop in you. The boss who is a taskmaster helps you cope up with pressure and work efficiently. Let us thank God for the people He has put in our lives and take our tough relationships positively.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1Thessalonians 5:11

Prayer
Dear Lord, help me appreciate people around me. Help me to be a blessing to them. Lord, develop me through my relationships. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen.

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

Sent Out



‘These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions… ‘ ~ Matthew 10:5

Jesus saw how harassed and helpless the crowd was and moved with compassion he said to the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but he workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  And then he called them and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and heal every disease and sickness. Before sending them he gave further instructions – “Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.” They had to depend entirely on the hospitality of the people in whose house they were to stay.

Imagine Matthew the tax collector, who for a major part of his life was surrounded with money, having money bags jingling away, promising of better tomorrows, was now called upon to take up a new mode of living – not even a copper coin was to be taken for the journey. Simon and Andrew along with James and John who gave up being at the helm of their fishing business had to learn humility when they had to stay in homes of those who probably bought fish from them.

This was tough teaching for the disciples. It was more than just having to do without something. Jesus brought them to the point where they had to renew their perception of security, rethink and set right priorities and adopt a new worldview. The same is required from us. May we follow Christ all the way.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I submit to your teaching. Renew my mind. Let your word govern my life and all that I do. I really want to live for you. Amen.”

 

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.