NEW: Insight for the Day 05:02:16: The Hollywood ‘A’ List

 

bendict-cumberbatch-covers-thrs-new-a-list-issueDiscussion Points

  1. Are you a member of an exclusive club?
  2. What is the value proposition of the club?
  3. What are your views of the membership rules and guidelines?

Case 05.02:2016

The dream of every aspiring actor and actress in Hollywood is to be named as a celebrity on the status defined ‘A’ List. A name on this list, regardless of the position guarantees the individual a six figure income and access to parties linking them up with networks of influential film moguls that will either make or break your career. Staying on this list involves having the right agent; talking to the right people; attending the right award ceremonies; attending the right parties; acting in the right movies; and finally not offending the Hollywood movie moguls.

I do not know whether I would want to be on this list with so much ‘dos’ and ‘do-nots’. I would rather be on a list that guarantees me everlasting life. This list is defined in Revelation 22 v 14 – 15:

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

So the choice is ours as to what list we prefer, the ‘list of death’ or the ‘list of life’. I pray that the Holy Spirit guides us in making the right decision.

Points to Ponder

  1. As Christians, we belong to an exclusive set of people who believe that we were saved by Christ’s death on the Cross
  2. The value proposition presented is freedom from death and everlasting life
  3. His guidelines and rules are easy as he teaches us that his yoke is easy and the burden is light

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NEW: Insight for the Day 04:02:16: The 80/20 Rule

 

80:20Discussion Points

  1. Are you satisfied with the life you are living?
  2. What do you think is missing in your life?
  3. What have you done toppled this gap?

Case 04.02:2016

I woke up today in one of those moods where you wish everything was in a certain way.

• I wish my wife was this or that;
• I wish the children were this or that;
• I wish my boss was this or that;
• I wish the church would do this or that;
• I wish I could afford this or that;
• I wish I could eat now;
• I wish the house was big, small, large, tidy …………

So much wishful thinking that it took watching an edition of the Potters House to snap me out of this pity party – truly a word at the right time. In this edition the speaker pointed out that in most cases, if we are true to ourselves, you will only achieve 80% satisfaction of what you really desire. The only one that can give you 100% is God and so we should seek him for everything.

He gave an example of wives always complaining about the 20% of what their husbands are not and forget to appreciate the remaining 80%. He further went on to point out that we should appreciate the 80% of all what we have and stop spending our energies trying to achieve the 20% to the detriment of losing the whole 100%. Some men leave their wives in search of the 20% and when they achieve the 20% elsewhere, they suddenly realize that they have the 20% but have lost the 80% they had earlier.

A bit confusing – all these numbers but in reality that is the case. We should learn to appreciate what we have and God in his infinite wisdom will provide the rest.

Points to Ponder

  1. In God we live, move and have our existence
  2. Only the Almighty God can provide complete satisfaction
  3. Cast all your burdens unto Jesus for he cares for us

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NEW: Insight for the Day 03:02:16: Step by Step

 

stepsDiscussion Points

  1. Do you have long-terms goals
  2. Do you have a plan to accomplish them?
  3. Do you get frustrated at the lack of progress on some of the tasks?

Case 03.02:2016

There is a famous quote that says, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ The world has changed quite a lot over the last decade. There seem to be more tasks to carry out, which has led to the proliferation of Personal Digital Assistants (or PDAs) as we try to cram many tasks into a single day. The time management industry makes millions as they advise us on how to organise our lives to achieve maximum benefit.

In my opinion, the issue lies around the concept of short-term as opposed to long-term. We now live in a ‘microwave’ society that wants everything to have been done yesterday! Focusing on what really matters and taking the right steps to achieve it will eliminate a lot of clutter from our lives, and enable us complete the God-ordained tasks that have been assigned to us before the foundations of time.

How do we know the right steps to take?

The answer may lie in Jeremiah 10 verses 23 – 24:

I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice – not in your anger, less you reduce me to nothing. Let us ask God to direct our steps and He will do so through the Holy Spirit, who has been appointed to be our Advisor and Counsellor and will provide a step by step solution.

Points to Ponder

  1. Creating a plan is the initial step to accomplishing a goal
  2. The plan should be divided into manageable steps to avoid frustration
  3. The Almighty God gave us a template in his 7-day step by step plan

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NEW: Insight for the Day 02:02:16: Specs Savers

 

specsDiscussion Points

  1. Do you have vision for your life? What so you see?
  2. Do you have a strategy for accomplishing what you see?
  3. Have you told people about what you see?

Case 02.02:2016

The LORD has been speaking to me a lot about perception, and how you see things to gain a greater advantage.

In a book titled ‘How to make it in business without losing your life’ by Rob Parsons, he talks about Wayne Gresky, the greatest ice hockey player of all time. A sports psychologist pointed out that he differs from other great players because he has 40 – 40 vision compared to other players, who have 25-25. In other words, he sees things other players do not see on the ice rink, which enables him to negotiate outstanding moves and plays during matches.

What do you see and how do you perceive things in life? The importance of having clear vision and perspective is seen in the creation of the Earth as highlighted in Genesis 1 verses 2 – 5:

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

Light was needed to be able to grasp perspective and vision of the chaos that was on the earth at that stage.

Points to Ponder

  1. A vision outlines what God has placed upon your heart to accomplish
  2. A vision is discovered and plans must be developed to accomplish the end goal
  3. A vision must be communicated with clarity so people understand their roles in bringing it to pass

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NEW: Insight for the Day 01:02:16: Solution Provider

 

solutionDiscussion Points

  1. Do you complain a lot;
  2. Is your complaint justified;
  3. Do you advocate a solution with your complaints;

Case 01.02:2016

After one of those days where you complain about everything and pray that the sun, moon and stars will quickly come down so you can move into the next day – I settled down to pray. The Holy Spirit who has never let me down advised me of the following prayer:

“Train my lips to speak solutions and not problems”

As we know complaining does not achieve results unless you have a proposed solution. I remember one advice given to me by a Partner of the consulting firm I used to work in: “Always have a proposed solution to discuss when you bring the problem”.

The beauty of this suggestion which we sometimes fail to realize is that the solution does not have to come from you, hence the whole notion of the concept called ‘Research’.

We are also advised in Proverbs 8 v 6 – 10 on the role of our lips in providing godly solutions and not ‘problems’!

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;

Points to Ponder

  1. Complaining does not add value to any situation;
  2. Providing a proposed solution to a complaint is what add values to the situation;
  3. Take your complaint first to the Holy Spirit for a guaranteed solution.

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NEW: Insight for the Day 29:01:16: Shining Example

 

first impressionDiscussion Points

  1. How do you judge the character of an individual?
  2. Can we describe ourselves as effective ambassadors of Christ?
  3. Do our words, thoughts and deeds reflect the image of Christ?

Case 29.01:2016

A famous quote implies the following: “First Impressions go a long way”.

As Christians either at home or in the marketplace, we will always be under a microscope. One of the most effective ways to show people the love and compassion of Jesus Christ is through our character. What we do and what we say are important lamp posts that can lead people to Christ.

In Philippians 2 verses 14 – 16, we are advised on how to be effective lamp posts that shine with the glory of God:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour for nothing.

One of the ways in which effective communication is carried out is through the art of observation. As we communicate to the world, let our actions speak louder than our words.

Points to Ponder

  1. Our assessment should be based on what the Word of God says about an individual
  2. The Bible highlights that we are not of this world, but we live in this world
  3. We were created in the image of Christ, so every aspect of our lives should reflect his character.

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NEW: Insight for the Day 28:01:16: Response Centre

 

ponderDiscussion Points

  1. How do you respond to circumstances you are confronted with?
  2. Which of the approaches below do you adopt?
  3. Stop, Think, Respond; Respond, Think, Stop; Think, Respond, Stop.

Case 28.01:2016

It seems like everyone in the world we live in are so engrossed in some form of rat race, that we lack the patience to observe situations before we delve into them. The right questions are not asked and we are quick to make inaccurate assumptions and react accordingly. We make invalid judgement on the character of individuals and place them in different categories based on our initial flawed perception.

Majority of my friends that I now have a close relationship with were individuals that I originally saw in a different light before I took the time to truly know who they were and what they were about.

In Acts 2 verses 12 – 13 we see two responses to a situation that involved Jesus’ disciples:

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Looking at the response of the second set of people, you wonder whether they were the ones that served the wine, or whether they smelt the ‘aroma’ of wine on Peter’s breath!

The first bit of advice given to me in my role as a management consultant was to “Never assume, always ask questions if you do not understand.” How many times do we second-guess God and prescribe how He will do something without consulting Him first? My prayer is that God gives us the patience to stop, think and respond!

 Points to Ponder

  1. God is the source of unlimited information
  2. God’s information is based on the truth
  3. Enter into the rest of God before making decisions

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