God Has His Reasons

“And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, ‘If you will, you can make me clean’…” (Mark 1:40)

God has His reasons.

…When He does not will for you to get healed.
…When He does not give you that job.
…When He does not allow you to work abroad.
…When He does not let you pass that board exams.
…When He does not lift that burden off your back.

If He doesn’t grant, it doesn’t change the fact that He still wants to bless you.

And in His own time and in His own way…He will!

THE YARDSTICK OF SUCCESS

At the beginning of every year, people often look back…some with a cheer and some with a sigh.

If you have been sighing because you feel you have not advanced in life as much as you would have wanted to, then maybe this piece is for you.

I believe that the measure of success varies from one person to another. You cannot look at your life and measure it up against the life of another. No, not in comparison with your sibling, or classmate or friend. Their standard is not same as yours.

By analogy as in basketball, you cannot measure the statistics of a point guard with that of a center. The point guard is called to pass. The center is called to rebound. They have two different measures of success.

Your yardstick of success is based on your calling.

You cannot say that a person called to be a businessman is more successful than a person called to be a homemaker just because the former earns more money than the latter. It just doesn’t make sense.

Rather, your measure of success should be this: Have you made the best out of what God has called you to be?

Know what you are called to do and be the best that you can be in it. Let that be the yardstick of your success!

Your Best and Your All

When God asks us to give our best and our all to Him, we cringe.

“Lord, this is all I have to offer…”, you might say.

My time isn’t much. My talent, not spectacular either. My wisdom often falters. My character, much flawed.

“With a sincere and generous heart,” says the Lord “Give them to me just the same.”

Then He adds with a smile, “My child, what matters is not the amount you give, but the amount of love by which you give it. If you give with much love, I can also do much with it!”

[“And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.” (Mark 6:41)]