NEW: Insight for the Day 27:10:16: Where Has All the Time Gone

timeDiscussion Points

  1. Can we account for what we did yesterday?
  2. Can we account for what we did in the last week
  3. Have we completed any of the goals we set at the start of the year?

Case 27:10:2016

We are approaching the start of November and probably wondering why the year seems to be going so fast. If we were asked to recollect what we have accomplished this year, most of us will struggle. As I wrote this, I asked myself – where has all the time gone and why can’t I account for most of it? I should be able to account for at least fifty percent of that time. While my brain was trying to get an accurate day by day account like a computer memory chip, the Holy Spirit pointed me to the following Scripture in Luke 4 verse 18 – 20:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” And He closed the book.

The reason why an accurate account could be given of Jesus’ activities was that they were in line with His overall mission on earth. Every task could be assigned to the categories highlighted in His mission statement, as can be seen in the above Scripture.

We need to adopt the same policy by drafting a mission statement that encompasses all our activities, so that at any point in the year we can give an accurate account of our lives.

Points to Ponder

  1. Jesus was able to focus because he had a Master Plan
  2. The Bible advocates that we should redeem and maximise time because the days are evil
  3. On that eventful time we all have to give an account of what we were called to do

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 26:10:16: White Lie

white-lieDiscussion Points

  1. Have you ever told a lie?
  2. How did it make you feel?
  3. What was the impact on the third-party?

Case 26:10:2016

In my quest for knowledge I looked up the definition for a ‘white lie’ in the dictionary and the results are detailed below:

  1. 1. a minor, polite, or harmless lie; fib;
  2. An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth;
  3. An untruth told to spare feelings or from politeness, as in “She asked if I liked her dress, and of course I told a white lie”. This term uses white in the sense of ‘harmless’;
  4. an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite).

The word of interest in the various definitions is ‘harmless’. When did a lie become harmless? Interestingly enough – the same dictionary defines a ‘lie’ as the following:

  1. 1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood;
  2. an inaccurate or false statement;
  3. to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive;
  4. something intended or serving to convey a false impression.

From the definition above, a lie is far from being ‘harmless’. If we make reference to our “spiritual dictionary” – we see that the consequences of lying is far from “harmless” as highlighted in Revelation 21 v 8:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Points to Ponder

  1. The bible advocates speaking the truth?
  2. The truth of God is what sets us free?
  3. All truth is reflected in the Word of God

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 13:10:16: Word Processor

wordsDiscussion Points

  1. Do your words reflect your thoughts?
  2. Do your words reflect your actions?
  3. Do you take time to reflect before you speak?

Case 13:10:2016

  1. Back in the days, examinations were interesting times. I always used to wonder what people were writing as the phrase “more paper” used to echo in the air. It was even more frightening during tough papers like ‘Pure Mathematics’. I often questioned whether that person and I attended the same lectures!
  2. It has been highlighted that the ratio of words that a woman speaks when compared with men is in the region of 3 to 1. Some may even argue the case that as a result their vocabulary is better than men.
  3. How many words per minute is a question most secretaries are familiar with as they prepare their CV’s for potential job offers. One of the most critical success factors for theses type of jobs is the speed in which documents can be produced hence this important ratio.


It’s all about ‘the number of words’ the three scenarios above seem to imply but Proverbs 30 v 5 – 6 gives us a further insight into the importance of quality and not quantity when it comes to words:

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Points to Ponder

  1. The bible advocates listen more and speak less
  2. Wisdom sometimes involves being quiet and listening
  3. Difficult to retract words once spoken

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 12:10:16: WYSIWYG

wysiwygDiscussion Points

  1. Do your words reflect Christ
  2. Do your deeds reflect Christ
  3. Do your thoughts reflect Christ

Case 12:10:2016

If you are thinking that the title above is in a foreign language, you are wrong! It is an acronym for ‘what you see is what you get.’ This is a computer application that enables you to see on-screen exactly what will appear when the document is printed.

When people see us, do they see the character of Jesus in us or are we just replicas of the Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character – split personalities? Do people want to spew us out because we are neither hot nor cold? Progression requires stability, and this comes from consistency. An example of this acronym can be seen in Jesus’ life as highlighted in Colossians 1 verses 15 – 16 and John 5 verses 19 – 20:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.

What we see in God is exactly what we get from our LORD Jesus.

Points to Ponder

  1. We were all created in the image of Christ
  2. The entrance of sin into our lives distorted that image
  3. Christ died on the cross to restore the lost image

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NEW: Insight for the Day 07:10:16: Yearly Appraisal

appraisalDiscussion Points

  1. Did you set goals at the start of the year?
  2. What is your current status?
  3. What has hindered or supported your progress?

Case 07:10:2016

We are fast approaching year-end and most companies will be taking stock of not just their inventories but a general assessment of their performance. The results serve as a benchmark for them to make adjustments to their long-term or medium term strategic plans.

At this point in time, most employees would have had their appraisals carried out and depending on the result – “Christmas Expenditure” could be heavy or light as the employers feel that you have done enough to be rewarded. On the other hand you may have to be content with the phrase “Come Back Next Year”.

As a Christian, there is one phrase that we so desire from our Heavenly Father as coined in Matthew 3 v 16 – 17:

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

This year-end, let us review our walk with Christ and prepare for the coming year so that every day we are happy knowing that God is pleased with the way we walk and the way we talk.

Points to Ponder

  1. Our primary goal as Christian is the role of Ambassador’s of Heaven on Earth
  2. Our goals and tasks in this role is to show the love of Christ
  3. Our focus should be on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 09:09:16: 7 News

newsDiscussion Points

  1. Do you watch the News?
  2. How do you respond to ‘good’ news?
  3. How do you respond to ‘bad’ news?

Case 09:09:2016

More Breaking News!

  1. Earthquake in South East Asia claiming thousand of lives;
  2. AIDS epidemic sees no near end solution;
  3. US launches counter-attack against Iraq to defend the Saudi Arabia kingdom;
  4. Famine in Africa reaches an alarming level;
  5. United Nations in futile attempt to prevent the development of nuclear weapons by Iran to ensure peace in the Middle East.

When I hear such news, I ask myself should I abandon watching the bulletin and focus only on the good news offered by the Bible. In my opinion, the answer is No as we can not isolate ourselves from what is going on around us. The news gives us issues on which to focus our prayers on.

Thank God for the blessed assurance we have in Luke 21 v 36 on how to respond to the events around us as predicted in Luke 21 v 10 – 11:

Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

The word of encouragement highlights the following statement:

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

We all remember the motto of the Boy’s Scouts – ‘Be prepared’!

Points to Ponder

  1. God is still in control despite what is going on in society
  2. He left us the Holy Spirit as our ‘standby’
  3. Heaven and Earth may pass away but his Word remains steadfast as our guide

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NEW: Insight for the Day 08:09:16: Amazing Grace

amazingDiscussion Points

  1. What is your source of knowledge?
  2. What is your source of understanding?
  3. What is your source of wisdom?

Case 08:09:2016

The word ‘amazing’ according to the Dictionary is defined as the following:

1. to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly;

2. To cause great wonder or astonishment: a sight that amazes.

This was my reaction on my first project when a Senior Consultant was flown in from England to save a project that was near doom. Upon his arrival the skill and expertise that was exhibited was so wonderfully crafted that only the comforting words of my manager “that he has been doing this for a long time”; kept me at peace.

There is something about demonstrating the influence of wisdom, excellence and skill that keeps people asking questions as highlighted in Matthew 13 v 53 – 54:

When Jesus had finished these parables (these comparisons), He left there. And coming to His own country [Nazareth], He taught in their synagogue so that they were amazed with bewildered wonder, and said, Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s Son? Is not His mother called Mary? And are not His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And do not all His sisters live here among us? Where then did this Man get all this?

These are the competitive advantages that give us that extra edge as we journey along the path of success. It will bring us before kings and not mediocre and mere men.

Points to Ponder

  1. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom
  2. The Holy Spirit provides understanding and counsel
  3. Our knowledge is incomplete and partial without God

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