Lesson Learnt: 3

Today I finally filled out my application for the ‘Project’. I won’t tell you (yet) what it is, only that it’s gonna take a lot of hard work, determination and support to achieve. This is the first phase and I’m praying that everything goes through smoothly. Above that, I have to balance out school work and other personal commitments. I am confident though that God will make a way. Continue reading Lesson Learnt: 3

What are you sinking about?

O LORD, you have examined my heart
      and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
      You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Psalms 139: 1-2

Every time I read Psalm 139, I am just in awe of God’s knowledge and greatness. He knows our thoughts, our ways and motives. There is nothing we could ever hide from Him. Continue reading What are you sinking about?

Happy Birthday Biu!

Usually people compile wish-lists for their birthdays… new toys and gadgets top the list. But I hope that this scripture written by King David offers everyone restored perspective. What really matters, as one faces another year of life?

  “The one thing I ask of the Lord,
    the thing I seek most:
    is to live in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in His Temple.”
    Psalm 27:4 NLT

Happy Birthday Biu, you’re the best friend anyone could ask for. Keep delighting yourself in the presence of the Lord because you’re an inspiration to young people everywhere. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your ministry. Much love.

Your brother in Christ,
Tuma

Thank you Jesus

And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Roman 8:28

It’s the second week of the semester and students here at the University of the South Pacific are finalising their timetables and getting settled into classes.  Today after spending much of the morning designing t-shirts and banners for the Wansolwara[1] (One Ocean – One People), I walk up to the White Tables[2] to meet with Biu[3]. Continue reading Thank you Jesus

Lesson Learnt: 2

Two weeks ago I was given the wonderful opportunity to travel to Apia, Samoa and attend a preparatory meeting for the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development in the Pacific. It was an honor to be at a meet of such a level and be asked to provide a youth perspective on talks but to be honest at times I felt a little intimidated. I mean, I would look around and seeing a room full of government ministers from around the Pacific, UN representatives and other distinguished people and think to myself, “Do these people really care what I think?”

I got back to my room the first night and found comfort in this scripture:

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you teach, the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

I walked into the meeting the next day a lot more confident. A change in mindset… amazing, I felt different.

The next few days were filled with open forums, field visits to community biogas and bio-fuel projects, and displays of green materials, goods and services, an exquisite yet enlightening experience on sustainability in the Pacific region. And as the meet drew to a close I pondered on the main lesson I would take away from Apia. Continue reading Lesson Learnt: 2

Get the most out of life

A list I received in an email from a friend. Thank you Naomi Elise 🙂

  1. Pray.
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many).
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
  10. Take one day at a time.
  11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
  12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  15. Do something for the ‘Kid in You’ everyday.
  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting.
  17. Get enough rest.
  18. Eat right.
  19. Get organized so everything has its place.
  20. Listen to a podcast while travelling that can help improve your quality of life.
  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  22. Every day, find time to be alone.
  23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
  24. Make friends with Godly people.
  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you GOD.’
  27. Laugh.
  28. Laugh some more!
  29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all
  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  32. Sit on your ego.
  33. Talk less; listen more.
  34. Slow down.
  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.

Yes and Amen!

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31-32, 35-39

 

I once met a man who told me a story of a communion service he attended. He sat in the pews watching the people go up as the father distributed communion. The father would say “body of Christ” and wait for an “Amen” to be reciprocated before he’d give the Eucharist. During this particular service, he observed a man of about fifty years go up and just nod as he waited to receive his Eucharist. And to this the father muttered, “say Amen”. The man looked up, smiled, nodded and simply said “yes”. This went on for a while until he eventually said “Amen”. Continue reading Yes and Amen!

30 Day Challenge

I’ve been awfully slack with regards to updating this blog and I sincerely apologise. I haven’t blogged in 3 months 😦 Caught up in so many things… but that’s a lame excuse.

So to make up for it, I’m challenging myself to post everyday for the next 30 days.

 

Dear Jesus,

I pray that you would give me the wisdom, knowledge and understanding. That in my sharing, I be an encouragement to others. Help me to be a light, not of my own strength and deeds but as a reflection of you. That I would decrease and your name be lifted high.

Amen.

Dear Jesus (2nd March 2011)

Dear Jesus,

Please bless everyone that browses through the pages of this blog and help them see that you are portrayed in every word that i write and picture that i upload. Help me not to discourage but to build and encourage. Help me abstain from gossip, slander, backbiting, deceit, over-exaggeration (and misspellings :D) And may every reader realise that it is you who holds everything in its place and holds everything in your hand through my testimony.