The Client – Insight for the Day – 31:03:2015

 

clientAs consultants, we are given advice about handling client relationships as follows:

  1. Present yourself to the client in a respectable way in terms of appearance and conduct.
  2. Be careful not to discuss client matters outside the office, as you do not know who is next to you e.g. a potential competitor or a representative of the client!

In 2 Timothy 2 v 15, we read similar advice given by Paul to Timothy in his relationship with God:

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

In our relationship with our most important client – God, let us read and obey His word so we can be presented as one approved. Finally, let us only engage in conversations that add value to all the parties involved.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Stand up and be Counted – Insight for the Day – 30:03:2015

stand upThe news is full of the impact the enemy is having on society, in the following areas:

  1. Marriage between the same gender
  2. Removal of prayer from schools
  3. Lowering of the age of consent
  4. Removal of the Lord’s prayer from public buildings

In Canada, the Bible is even accused of inciting trouble because of its stand against ungodly issues.

We rage, complain, argue, talk and even some times compromise with these issues. These actions do not have any effect as they have no influence on the outcome or the people involved. In Matthew 5 v 13 – 16, we see how we are supposed to have influence on society so that good prevails and not evil:

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Rather than rage, complain or argue about these issues, we can pray, vote or let the fruits of our ways show that the Christian walk is the only alternative which guarantees freedom and not bondage. We need to stand

and be counted and have a voice in this society not just for our sake but also for the sake of our children. Just as our forefathers fought for the freedom to worship God, we have to dominate and influence society for our children’s freedom to continue to worship God.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

A La Carte – Insight for the Day – 27:03:2015

 

carteOne Saturday I was invited to man the goal posts for the Church football team after an absence of about a year. As you well know, absence from training in any form, coupled with a menu plan that is not six-pack friendly can result in lumps in areas that are pretty obvious.

Arriving at the pitch, the guys gave me no slack as I became the practice target for a rerun of the “Who wants to be a comedian” show.

On the way home I reflected on some of the advice given, and remembered something my wife had mentioned earlier. It was a concept used by one of our friends in controlling his eating habits. He did not eat to be full but ate enough to live.

The Holy Spirit in his wise character pointed out to me the notion that the same desire to eat until we are full can be transferred to reading and meditating on the scriptures until we are full. We are supposed to be filled with the Word of God and not food. It should be taken in moderation and not abundance, which is what we tend to do, especially at African parties where the menu is heavy and rich.

I leave you with one of the most famous scriptures in the Bible – Matthew 4 v 4, which highlights the importance of filling the spirit rather than our flesh:

It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

No Comment – Insight for the Day – 26:03:2015

no commentOne day in Church, I began to meditate on the impact of words in all areas of our lives. The Pastor gave a detailed synopsis of how words can linger in the air until they are cancelled by divine intervention i.e. prayer.

The media also know that “words” are powerful as they scrutinise every word said by an individual and always use the quote that will generate consumer interest and hence increase the circulation of the paper. They even go to the extent of misquoting or omitting words to ensure that readers are glued to the fine print.

To conclude, the media can impose life and death through their coverage of what people say. This is also pointed out in Proverbs 18 v 21:

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

As a result, individuals dealing with the media have learnt two powerful words – “No Comment”. As the great book points out – we should listen more than we speak!

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Access Control List – Insight for the Day – 25:03:2015

accessYou have just logged onto your computer and are eager to begin work on a software application that is hosted on the network. For some reason you get the message “Access not allowed”.

This means you are not allowed to request for any of the services that this application can offer. In most cases you need to contact the system administrator to get access, but only authorisation from the owner of the database.

In other words you need to know both the system administrator and the owner of the database to be listed on the ACL. You cannot contact just anyone to gain access; you need to know the right person and the right process.

Webster defines “knowing” as the following:

  • Possessing knowledge, understanding, or information
  • Being cognizant or aware

If we relate this to our relationship with God, we need to know the system administrator and owner of heaven to gain the required access for all the services provided by God.

To possess knowledge, understanding, or information, and to be cognizant or aware, we need the word of God. Through the help and guidance of the system administrator (Holy Spirit), we can gain full access to the owner of the heavenly database (God).

We just have to know Him in spirit and truth, and this involves knowing Jesus Christ whose blood has guaranteed the required access.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Sweet Sweet Sound – Insight for the Day – 24:03:2015

sweet sweetBelow is a story I read some time ago:

A man was travelling and his horse and cart broke down in the middle of nowhere. A little boy was passing by and offered to help him repair the cart so he could continue his journey. The man was so impressed with his service that he asked him what he wanted, and the little boy expressed that he always wanted to be a doctor. The man obliged and sponsored his medical education.

Moving forward, during the Second World War Winston Churchill was very sick and had to be sustained by penicillin tablets. We could say that this drug cured him, and as a result, Winston Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War, thereby saving many lives and the destiny of Britain.

The owner of the horse and cart was Winston Churchill’s father, and the name of the young man was Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered the life-saving drug penicillin.

The Bible in Colossian 4 v 5 – 6 stresses the importance of making the best opportunity of contacts:

Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Balanced Scorecard – Insight for the Day – 23:03:2015

balancedThe Corporate Sector utilises a tool called the balanced scorecard to strike a balance in whatever strategy is implemented to propel the organisation forward.

Ecclesiastes 4 v 4 shows us the futility of living a life that is not balanced:

And I saw that all labour and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbour. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

In life, some people are lazy while others are workaholics. The lazy person seeing the futility of dashing about for success, folds his hands and hurts both himself and those who depend on him.

The workaholic is often driven by envy, greed and a constant desire to stay ahead of everyone else. Both extremes are foolish and irresponsible.

The answer is to work with moderation. Take time to enjoy the other gifts God Has given and realise that it is God who gives out the assignments and the rewards, not us.

This word is applicable to every aspect of our lives at work, as well as in the church. We need to strike the right balance to enable us to propel forward. Can you imagine driving a car which has not had its wheels balanced and aligned? The outcome is the wheels pointed in one direction and the body in another – an accident waiting to happen!

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015