NEW: Insight for the Day 26:08:16: Child of Innocence


innocenceDiscussion Points

  1. Do you have a good relationship with your children?
  2. If yes; what have been the key factor?
  3. If no; what have been the hindering factors

Case 26:08:2016

One cannot underestimate the level of damage that the break down between Parents and their Children has caused in the present day society. We ask ourselves; what has happened to respect for elders or the innocence associated with children. Children as young as 13 are given birth to babies. In the US, children can “divorce” their parents. Gangs of teenagers pose more threat than the US marines!

This is also not helped by the ‘immunity’ children get from the government; some which are helpful, others which are detrimental. I ask myself, if a child has killed an adult and you claim that the name of the child has to be with-held to protect the child; then who protects the adult?

As I pondered about these scenarios – I asked myself the question:

“What has caused this breakdown?”

In my humble opinion I feel that one of the factors is parents not taking the time to understand their children. Most of us were brought up in the era where a child was ‘only seen’ and ‘not heard’. This can result in a lot of frustration in a child as all forms of expressional outlets are blocked.

The Bible in Luke 2 v 48 – 50 and Luke 8 v 20 – 21 highlights the importance of listening to our children and pondering over what they have said before we react. It stresses the need for us to try to understand our children and where they are coming from:

When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”

Be Honest – what will be your first reaction if your child responded to your questions in this manner? Will you ponder for a greater understanding or will you blunder for a lack of understanding?

Points to Ponder

  1. Love conquer all and never fails
  2. Humility is the first step to understanding people
  3. Children are a heritage from God so we need to treat as a precious gift

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 25:08:16: Child Protection Act


CPADiscussion Points

  1. Do you have children?
  2. Do you fret over their safety?
  3. Do you restrict them as a result of fear? 

Case 25:08:2016

 

  • Not again! Not another case where a child has gone missing.
  • How could they! Another case where a gang of youths have attacked an elderly person.
  • Can you imagine? A child divorces his parents in an US court!

Our children are our future so naturally we care about them, but there is only so much we can do to protect them from a degenerating society. Sometimes, our overprotective can lead to rebellion as we restrict children’s freedom.

I can remember how many times I sneaked out of school and out of the house without my parents ever knowing! A child even going to church regularly with their parents does not guarantee safety from negative exposure, as MTV and other influences still find a way into their repertoire of viewing material.

How can we protect our children without going overboard? An excellent answer is found in Proverbs 14 verse 26:

He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.

Points to Ponder

  1. Our children are a gift from God
  2. We have been appointed as custodians over them here on Earth
  3. Commit them unto the Lord for his guaranteed guidance and protection

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 23:08:16: Church Life Balance


balanceDiscussion Points

  1. How much time do you spend at church?
  2. How much time do you spend with your family?
  3. How much time do you spend at work?

Case 23:08:2016

In the corporate world, after a series of fatal heart attacks, divorces, frustration, lack of bonding between husbands and wives, parents and children, and finally with the intervention of the European Union Court based in Brussels, organisations are beginning to recognise that we all need to have a life outside the workplace.

Employees are being encouraged to have the right balance between home life and work in order to maintain harmony and improve efficiency in their lives. My organisation does a lot in this area, especially as my job sometimes entails being away from home for long periods. Work-life balance is addressed by the firm in its policy of making arrangements for my family to travel to visit me periodically.

In my opinion, this issue does not just affect the workplace. It can and does happen in the church. Numerous conferences and meetings take their toll on individuals, and we need to be secure in ourselves to recognise that we do not need to attend every event. Employees are being encouraged to have the right balance between home life and work in order to maintain harmony and improve efficiency in their lives.

My understanding of church, as described in certain sections of the Bible is the gathering of people, which can happen anywhere. In other words, church can be held in the pub, on a football pitch, ‘at the Brook’ or at any location where there are two or more, as long as the Word of God is being shared. Before we burn ourselves out, we need to seek God’s wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, and follow His strategy in Genesis 2 verses 2 – 3:

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

That’s right: we need to build into our heavy schedules time to rest and address other areas of our lives, to ensure the balance is right and to keep us stable and effective.

LORD, help us to get a life!

Points to Ponder

  1. God the Almighty rested on the seventh day after creating his masterpiece
  2. We need to find time to rest our spirit, body and soul
  3. Next to love, balance is the most important thing – John Wooden

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 22:08:16: Class Struggle


ClassDiscussion Points

  1. Are you a member of any social club?
  2. What are the criteria for joining?
  3. Would you consider the criteria fair?

Case 22:08:2016

While reading a glossy magazine on the luxurious Bentley car brand, I began to question whether I would really enjoy the lifestyle associated with the rich and the so-called upper class. Joining the hockey club, speaking in a certain way, the never-ending dinner invites, picking the right political parties, and finally, having a double-barrelled name.

It is amazing and frightening that society has assigned people to classes and expects them to confine to the rulings within these categories. So, we have the following ‘classes’ of people: lower class, middle class and upper class; ‘happening’ people and ‘not so happening’ people; The A List, B List, C List; ……I could go on and on but I won’t!

In Colossians 3 verses 9 – 11, we are encouraged to see the fallacy of basing our lives on what class we belong to, or our association with ‘cliques’:

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

The message of Christ has eliminated and torn down all barriers created by man. We should all belong to the ‘class’ of Christ.

Lord we thank you that in Christ; all of us are equal

 

Points to Ponder

  1. The club of Jesus Christ invites all
  2. The important criteria is that you open your heart and accept Jesus as your personal saviour
  3. Jesus does not discriminate against anyone but opens his heart to all

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 12:08:16: Conflict Resolution


conflictDiscussion Points

  1. Have you been involved in a conflict?
  2. Who would you say was the guilty party
  3. How was the conflict resolved?

Case 12:08:2016

It was a normal day for Mr. and Mrs. Smith as they made their way to the counselor for yet another attempt at healing their marriage. As they arrived at the office, they saw a note stuck on the door with the inscription “READ PROVERBS 15 v 1-2 and get back to me with your thoughts”.

They were confused as they had not read the Bible in a long time because of the constant bickering that went on in their house. They got home and they both agreed to have a shot at reading this scripture:

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the fool pours forth foolishness.

Intrigued by the scripture they called the counselor and requested for further clarification. He advised them to buy a copy of the “The Maxwell Leadership Bible” and turn to page 761 for a detailed analysis of the scripture. In obedience they rushed to the Pages Bookshop to buy a copy and sat down to read and digest the explanation.

  1. Remain calm and gentle when confronting conflict, and your example will become contagious
  2. Speak wisely, making sure your information is truthful and accurate
  3. Remember, God is the ultimate Judge and will execute justice
  4. Use your words to foster healing; fix the problem, not the blame
  5. Stay teachable; be open to correction and quick to apologize when wrong
  6. Add value to everyone who contacts you, even when you disagree
  7. Speak words that spread knowledge and understanding

The advice really paid off as Mr. and Mrs. Smith are still together 50 years after that eventful day.

Points to Ponder

  1. Conflicts promote hatred and not love
  2. What is important is not who is right but reconciliation between the parties
  3. Love never fails and conquers all

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 11:08:16: Customer Service


customer serviceDiscussion Points

  1. How do you treat those you consider as customers?
  2. How would you like to be treated as a customer?
  3. Have you ever experienced bad treatment as a customer?

Case 11:08:2016

The most important departments in any organizations are the ones that deal directly with people. Millions are spent yearly as firms ensure that the paying customer will continue to engage in ‘repeat’ sales as a result of good service. The wrong word, thought or deed towards a customer can have massive implications for any organisation – ask Gerald Ratner if he would ever tell the customer that they are buying ‘crap’.

The main reason I travel on British Airways is the pre-flight customer treatment at the airport lounge. It takes away a lot of my nerves and makes me feel relaxed before every flight. As humans we like to be treated with respect and dignity which transcends to what we expect from any individual or organisation.

In Genesis 18 v 2 – 5, we see the Spirit needed to facilitate effective customer service

He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.” “All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”

The extent to which Abraham went to ensure that he was the perfect host was cemented in verse 8:

When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.

Remember the famous phrase “Do unto others as you want them to do for you”

Points to Ponder

  1. God advocates that we treat our neighbours with love
  2. Treat everyone with respect and fear as God also created them
  3. One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is forbearance – having patience and tolerance with those around you

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 10:08:16: Etiquette 101


ettiquetteDiscussion Points

  1. Have you been really hungry for food?
  2. What was the impact on your behaviour?
  3. Have you ever fasted without food for a period?

Case 10:08:2016

You have everything mapped out. Wake up early – skip breakfast to save time and have a heavy lunch at the wedding scheduled for 2pm. You marvel at the “time – man- agement” skills of the wedding planner as everything is going like clock work. You calculate that at this rate – you will be delving into a nice plate of rice, peas and any other assortments on the buffet table by 4.30 – Wrong!

At 4.30 you are told that the couple are still taking photographs and the schedule for serving of the food has been changed to accommodate the couple and their family. At this stage your stomach is on ‘hunger alert‘ and your flesh is on ‘anger alert‘.

I feel for you as I have been in this situation before but now I believe I am more the wiser after coming across 1 Corinthians 11 v 33 – 34:

So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.

Points to Ponder

  1. God has given us a spirit of love, power and a disciplined mind
  2. Man does not live by bread alone but every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God
  3. Let the gathering of the saints be mainly based on love and not the stomach

©Insight for the Day 2016

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