THE EAGLE’S VISION

POSITIVE SELF DIMENSION

As we enter the 21st century, innovators and visionaries will replace the predators and intimidators. Independence will be replaced by interdependence. The winners will be champions of cooperation rather than tooth-and-claw competition. The most competitive force is to always give more in the service you render than you expect to receive. Rising expectations of developing nations and consumers make it mandatory that we never rest on our past laurels or take success for granted.

The eagle is the symbol for quiet power and scope. We must open our lenses, like the eagle, to see the forest and the trees, and to spot opportunities to create synergy by joining individual parts of our lives to make a greater more dynamic whole person – a person who understands the meaning of team and time.

Winners live by the win-win ethic because their security is not based on externals. If your self-esteem is based on externals, your work or your wealth is your worth; a setback becomes a failure; someone else’s win means your loss; and if you aren’t number one, then you’re no good. But for true champions, a loss is a learning experience; and failure, like fertilizer, makes things grow faster in the future. Over time, good seeds, planted in good soil, yield fruit.

If you have internal strength, external setbacks won’t keep you down very long.

Denis Waitley – The Psychology of Winning.

THE LORD SPEAKS

We can find nearly every argument in the book of Job about why there is pain in the world, but the arguing never seems to help Job much. His is a crisis of relationship more than a crisis of doubt. Can he trust God? Job wants one thing above all else: an appearance by the one Person who can explain his miserable fate. He wants to meet God Himself, face to face.

Eventually Job gets his wish. God shows up in person(JOB 38:1). He times His entrance with perfect irony, just as Job’s friend Elihu is expounding on why Job has no right to expect a visit from God.

No one – not Job, nor any of his friends – is prepared for what God has to say. Job has saved up a long list of questions, but it is God, not Job, who asks the questions. “Brace yourself like a man,” He begins;”I will question you, and you shall answer me”. Brushing aside thirty-five chapters’ worth of debates on the problem of pain, God plunges into a majestic poem on the wonders of the natural world.

God’s speech defines the vast difference between the God of all creation and one puny man like Job. His presence spectacularly answers Job’s biggest question: Is anybody out there? Job can only respond, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know”

NO CALAMITY IS BEYOND GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS

In this series, I will be writing about the Biographies of Missionaries , who laid down their life for the truth , and on their blood drops are the seeds of the church.

ISSAC JOGUES (10-01-1607 TO 18-10-1646)

One who submits to the call of God is the servant of God. They are brave hearted. They are strong to perform courageously. Though their body decays they will keep turning the souls to Christ.

Issac was born in France. He joined the Society of Jesus when he was 10 years old. He had the growing thirst for the Gospel at his tender age. He turned his body and soul towards Christ away from the world.

Issac received an invitation from the Headquarter of the Society of Jesus. To carry the Gospel to North America was the Invitation. He instantly submitted to the mission.

The group containing eight people arrived at North America after a long journey. They were furiously encountered by the local barbarians Iraguia. Many hurdles and hazards came their way. This group was accused for the diseases and accidents these people faced. Though they laboured for five years the fruits were more troubles.

Issac was pealed to muscles and flesh by the cannibals who captured him. They chopped his fingers and ate them in front of his eyes. As a man chopped with an axe his head rolled on the ground and his blood spilled over the ground.

But before it was one year after his killing 3000 peoples were baptised. This testifies for his efforts and challenges our life.

Blessed is the ones who shed their blood for Jesus, for they alone qualify to drink the blood of Jesus.

SWEET AND BITTER LIFE

Some people like bitter chocolate and some prefer sweet. Ancient Mayans in Central America enjoyed chocolate as a beverage and seasoned it with chilli peppers. They liked this “bitter water,” as they called it. Many years later it was introduced in Spain, but the Spaniards preferred chocolate sweet, so they added sugar and honey to counteract its natural bitterness.

Like chocolate, days can be bitter or sweet as well. A seventeenth-century French monk named Brother Lawrence wrote, “If we knew how much [God] loves us, we would always be ready to receive equally .. from His hand the sweet and the bitter.” Accept the sweet and the bitter equally? This is difficult! What is Brother Lawrence talking about? The key lies in God’s character. The psalmist said of God, “You are good, and what you do is good”(Psalm 119:68).

Mayans also valued bitter chocolate for its healing and medicinal properties. Bitter days have value too. They make us aware of our weakness and they help us depend more on God. The psalmist wrote, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees”. Let us embrace life today, with its different flavors – reassured of God’s goodness. Let us say, “You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as you promised”.

GOD IS GOOD

IDENTIFYING FALSE PRIDE

If a delicate machine goes wrong , common sense suggests an inspection of the mechanism to find out where the fault lies. Common sense likewise suggests that the mechanism should be inspected by a man who knows all about it.

It is surprising how few people think of applying such common-sense methods to the delicate machinery of their own minds, ill-temper, sulkiness, indecision, morbidity, all these things and many more are signs of a temporary breakdown of the mental machinery.

In nine cases out of ten the trouble is an idea or a set of thoughts acting like grit in the wheels. It’s often very useful to have a look inside the mind. It frequently makes all the difference between gloom and happiness.

A little occasional self-analysis – but not too much – is an excellent thing.

False pride is frequently the dirt in the machinery- the false pride that will not allow you to own yourself in the wrong although you know well that the fault is yours.

The result is that you brood. Fancied worries begin to take on an air of reality. You soon begin to look at the world through black spectacles. And you make yourself and everyone else thoroughly miserable.

It is one of the infallible signs of the strong man that he is never afraid to confess he has made a mistake.

He has too much self-respect to indulge in self-deception, too much respect for others to allow misunderstandings to continue when a word can put matters right.

Next time things go wrong and the world begins to look black, see if the fault isn’t yours.

And be strong enough to “own up.”

NABEEL QURESHI – DEDICATED TO LOVE

As a convert to Jesus Christ, Nabeel Qureshi has written books to help his readers understand the people in the religion he left. His tone is respectful, and Qureshi always displays a heart of love for his people.

Qureshi dedicated one of his books to his sister, who has not yet put her faith in Jesus. The dedication is brief, but powerful. “I am begging God for the day that we can worship him together,” he wrote.

We get a sense of that kind of love as we read Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. “My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief,” he said, “for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed- cut off from Christ! – if that would save them” (ROMANS 9:2-3).

Paul loved the Jewish people so much that he would have chosen separation from God if only they would accept Christ. He understood that by rejecting Jesus, his people were rejecting the one true God. This motivated him to appeal to his readers to share the good news of Jesus with everyone.

Today, may we prayerfully dedicate ourselves to the love that aches for those close to us!

WE MUST LOVE THOSE FOR WHOM CHRIST DIED , AS WELL AS THOSE IN WHOM CHRIST LIVES.

THE NEW LIFE AFTER YOUR DEATH

One Christian author wrote: “One minute after you [die], you will either be enjoying a personal welcome from Christ or catching your first glimpse of gloom as you have never known it. Either way, your future will be [forever] unchangeable.”

Luke tells us about two men who were about to die and find out what their “forever” would be. When Jesus was being crucified, two criminals hung either side of Him. According to Mark, both men insulted Jesus even though they were about to die.

One of the thieves, however, changed his mind as he realised Jesus’ innocence, his own sin and that his life was slipping away. He told the other criminal to be quiet and then asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. These words showed he was really sorry and wanted to trust Jesus instead. Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise”. Salvation for the man came straightaway. He knew where he would be going once he died: Jesus’ home.

As soon as we trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can be confident straightaway of where we will go when we die. There won’t be any surprises. Jesus welcomes home everyone who turns to Him.

TO BE READY FOR TOMORROW, TRUST JESUS TODAY.

THE DRILL SERGEANT WITHIN US!

A Drill Sergeant is a non-commissioned officer who trains soldiers in military parade exercises.

As a drill sergeant you are responsible for coaching, counselling, and mentoring of hundreds, if not thousands, of Soldiers as you transform them from a civilian to a combat-ready Soldier. A typical day as a drill sergeant starts before dawn and you are with your Soldiers until it is time for lights out.

THE REAL DRILL(TRAINING) WE FACE IN OUR DAILY LIFE.

Do we cry because we feel sad, or do we feel sad because we cry? Do we run away because we feel frightened, or are we frightened because we run away?

These are not such silly questions as they sound. A great deal depends upon whether the bodily action or the emotion comes first. The growing opinion of psychologists is that in a great many cases the bodily action come first. This can be easily proved. Kneel down, put your hands together, close your eyes – and you will quickly feel a religious feeling creeping over you. Your bodily attitude has called forth the appropriate emotion.

This leads to a very important conclusions. It means that, just as the mind can control and affect the body, so the body can have direct influence on the mind.

It follows that if you are feeling depressed the worst possible thing is to sit hunched up in a chair, holding your head in your hands. The physical attitude of depression only brings out the mental side more strongly.

The thing to do is to smile, to straighten your back, square your shoulders, and get busy with some cheerful occupation.

Humm a song, draw something, smile for no reason, go for a brisk walk. And whatever you do, do it with a will.

Do it with the corners of your mouth turned up. Do it without a wrinkle on your brow. Whistle about it. Sing about it.

Your mind will quickly follow your body and a cheerful emotion takes the place of your black mood. Now you know how mind and body can react on each other, use your knowledge.

Make your body act as a drill sergeant. When your mind is depressed make your body order it to be cheerful. It will readily obey.

LITTLE ACTS OF KINDNESS

The young guy looked nervous as he sat down for his flight. His eyes darted back and forth to the plane windows. Then he closed his eyes and breathed deeply, trying to calm himself but it didn’t work. As the plane took off, he slowly rocked back and forth. An older woman across the aisle from him put her hand on his arm and gently talked to him, distracting him from his stress. “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “We’re going to be okay” and “You’re doing well” were a few things she whispered. She could have been irritated with him or ignored him. But she chose a touch and a few words. Little things. When they landed three hours later, he said, “Thank you so much for helping me.”

Examples of real care and kindness can be hard to find. Kindness is not easy for many of us; we’re often too busy thinking about ourselves. But when Paul wrote, “Be kind and compassionate to one another” (EPH. 4:32), he was not saying it all depends on our ability to be nice. After we’ve been given a new life by trusting Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to change us. Kindness is what God’s Spirit is doing, making us more like Jesus in our thoughts and attitude.

God is at work in us, making us more kind, patient and full of His love. No matter where we are on that journey, because we know Jesus for ourselves, we’re ready right now to share His kindness to those we meet today.

LOVE IS UNDERSTANDING THE TROUBLES OF OTHERS AND REACHING OUT TO THEM.