BETWEEN FAITH AND PRAYER:

BETWEEN FAITH AND PRAYER:

“Is there anything more important than prayer?” a disciple asked his teacher.

The teacher told the disciple to go to a nearby tree and cut off a branch. The disciple obeyed.

“Is the tree still alive?” asked the teacher.

“As alive as it was before.”

“Then go over there and slice through its roots.”

“If I do that, the tree will die.”

“Prayers are the branches of a tree whose roots are called Faith,” said the teacher.

– Paulo Coelho

It therefore means “Prayer cannot exist without Faith”. It is Faith that gives Prayer its Power. For without Faith, we cannot please God.

Have a beautiful day!

“THE REAL LEADERS ARE INFACT IN SHORT SUPPLY”

The Real Leaders Are Infact In Short Supply…

“These are the people who believe in themselves”. They believe, they can do wonders, and they do. To accomplish big success, the first condition is “You must first believe it can be done.” This positive thought will develop confidence and will set your mind in motion to find the way to do it.

There will be people who will discourage you, try to drag you back, or even laugh at you. Such time is “real testing time.” If you surrender to negative thoughts and succumb to the negative pressures created by the so-called well-wishers (and that is what they want), you will not be able to break the ice.

Failure is nothing more than a ‘milestone’ in one’s life. There is no successful person who hasn’t seen failures. Failures are in one way necessary, because they make you strong. Tough times, hardships, failures are only the milestones to show you, how far you are from your goal. If you start gasping and sit there holding the milestone, cursing the hardluck or bad luck, you will gain nothing, but will only lose the clear vision of the goal. Sit at the milestone for a while, and make a self-review. Try to find out where things went wrong and what needs to be corrected. An honest introspection will help you find a better way to reach the target. Make sure, the failure doesn’t shake your self confidence, because if your confidence is shaken, you may tend to think, the target is beyond your reach.

At failures, try to think of those successful people who haven’t seen failures, and you will discover there is none. The only thing they carried along was courage. They never lost confidence, and always believed they could do it and they did.

Quite often, we underestimate ourselves and overestimate others. And there is an interesting co-relation. The moment you overestimate others, you automatically become smaller in your own estimation. The more you overestimate others, the more you grow smaller. And as people see in you, what you see in yourself, it becomes more important how you assess yourself.

– Arun H. Raikar

“THE REAL LEADERS ARE INFACT IN SHORT SUPPLY”

The Real Leaders Are Infact In Short Supply…

“These are the people who believe in themselves”. They believe, they can do wonders, and they do. To accomplish big success, the first condition is “You must first believe it can be done.” This positive thought will develop confidence and will set your mind in motion to find the way to do it.

There will be people who will discourage you, try to drag you back, or even laugh at you. Such time is “real testing time.” If you surrender to negative thoughts and succumb to the negative pressures created by the so-called well-wishers (and that is what they want), you will not be able to break the ice.

Failure is nothing more than a ‘milestone’ in one’s life. There is no successful person who hasn’t seen failures. Failures are in one way necessary, because they make you strong. Tough times, hardships, failures are only the milestones to show you, how far you are from your goal. If you start gasping and sit there holding the milestone, cursing the hardluck or bad luck, you will gain nothing, but will only lose the clear vision of the goal. Sit at the milestone for a while, and make a self-review. Try to find out where things went wrong and what needs to be corrected. An honest introspection will help you find a better way to reach the target. Make sure, the failure doesn’t shake your self confidence, because if your confidence is shaken, you may tend to think, the target is beyond your reach.

At failures, try to think of those successful people who haven’t seen failures, and you will discover there is none. The only thing they carried along was courage. They never lost confidence, and always believed they could do it and they did.

Quite often, we underestimate ourselves and overestimate others. And there is an interesting co-relation. The moment you overestimate others, you automatically become smaller in your own estimation. The more you overestimate others, the more you grow smaller. And as people see in you, what you see in yourself, it becomes more important how you assess yourself.

– Arun H. Raikar

THE 20TH CENTURY

The 20th Century’s Progress…

“Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have too many men of science; too few men of Sermon on the mount. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we do about peace. We are always ready for war, than we are ready to make peace. We know more about killing than we do about living. This is what our century is boasting about… This is our twentieth century’s claim to distinction and progress.”- Unknown

I wonder: why is it so hard to make peace and to love, yet easier to incite and make war? Why is it also easy to manipulate each other against other regions, religions, races, tribes and ethnic groups?

Today, huge investments are made towards making and importing more sophisticated- guns, explosives, cars, phones, expensive jewelleries/clothings, etc. Rather than using these resources to produces enough- food, clean water, health facilities, affordable & standard education, and other necessities that will greatly enhanced life to glorify God. We create things we can live without to destroy/replace things we can’t live without. Can we survive without cars, jewelleries or guns? On the other hand: Can we survive without food and water?

The world still needs to look deep, think deep and find out Why we (ordinary mortals) have decided to take the place of God in the lives of our fellow men; to dictate who lives or dies? These days, the man with the gun is the bravest but in reality, the bravest men are those who instead of destroying more lives have found it more honourable to undergo all kinds of tortures (physically, mentally and spiritually) to save at least a single life. Some were assassinated and some even to the point of being crucified after undergoing various kinds of painful experiences from both friends and foes.

Every soul on earth, carries with it a great destiny. And to kill one, is to destroy the healing that such a soul has brought to heal that part of the world he was sent by the Creator to heal, comfort and transform. Respect every single life!

One’s religion,tribe, race or country is not necessarily a criteria for being good, but the content of one’s heart. That is why every religion, tribe, race or nation have both good and bad people. We can only chose which side we want to belong. I think there are basically two kinds of people on earth regardless of any religion or race:

1) The Good-Hearted-people
2) The Evil- Hearted-people

We’ve fallen so much in love with the desire to be in power and control other people that we lose connection with our heart which is the centre of our existence (Proverbs 4:23).

So, we should never allow ourselves to look down on other people’s beliefs, religion, race, country, etc. Because if we are good enough, people will admire us enough to learn something from us without having to force, intimidate or cause unnecessary wars. If I claim I’m good fine, but me always criticising your religion is not what will make me good, but what God will say of me when I’m finally gone (dead).

The most casualties in wars are children and mothers who are the most innocent. If you’ve never experience it or fallen a victim, you’ll NEVER COMPLETELY understand. But you can feel it closely, if your heart can feel other’s pains without necessarily being them.

May we never be misled or manipulated into turning against each other just because of some differences. That we all have the same image of One Creator is enough similarity to overcome our differences. Let GOD be our main focus and Judge, not we or the world.

Have a Nice Day!!

-Egba Terry