Saturday, 30 March 2013

Am I rich?

Many a time have I wondered what I would do if I had to win the lottery. Not that I play or take part... Would I spend it all, would I invest it, would I start a charity? I do not know yet, but then again, guess I won't have that problem until I play!

The bigger question is if the money you have make you truely rich? Most people do not have enough money, even though in SA there is a great devide between rich and poor. How does it happen that we consider ourselves as 'not rich' when we form part of the top 10% income earners? Makes no sense...

Money can't buy happiness is the old saying, but if money does not make me rich, what does? I've heard someone saying that the things that makes us rich are those that we cannot buy with money: friends, family, love, respect, a smile, etc.

There is a song sung by Lukas Maree, an afrikaans artist that passed away not long ago. He sings about the widdow that had to fill the clay pots with oil. As she kept pouring, more and more oil came out of her small pot. Read the story in 1 Kings 17: 
11 As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."

12 "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die."

13 Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.'"

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

See, it is quite simple: the more you are willing to give, the more you will receive. Not to enrich yourself, but for the Glory of God. For as Lukas Maree says: for it is the things we give away that makes us rich...

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Oh, hear my heart Lord

Dear Lord

I know that you love me. I know that you only want the best for me. You think of me and about me the whole day, for eternity onwards. Long be for I came to this earth did you know me inside out. You are always there for me. You are always ready to help. You are always smiling over me, even if I am not at my best.

There is nothing that I can do to impress you. I can do my level best not to be a disappointment to you, but will not always succeed. Your decision to choose me was made years ago and you do not give up on your word. You do not change your mind. You are the only constant in my life.

There are so many questions that I need to ask you. The only thing is, I already know the answer, since your plans for me are all good. There are so many times that I doubt these plans, but I know that you will never let me get tested beyond my limits. There are times in my life when I think that you will give up on me, but I know that you can’t, since you live in me.

The day I chose to live for you was the day my life turned around for ever. I wish that I can share this great love you have for me with everyone I know. I wish everyone on earth could feel it and then share it, live by it. Make me humble and grateful rather than selfish and unconcerned.

Thank you for giving me life. Help me to keep choosing life!

I praise you and love you.