A GHANAIAN REGISTERED NON- PROFIT CHRISTIAN MINISTRY WHICH SEEKS TO FULFILLING MATTHEW 28 18-20,2 TIMOTHY 2:2-4,
Preaching the unadulterated Gospel of Christ to both Believers and Non- Believers alike,,,
Training the youth,,,,
Doing good to the less privilege.
Friday, May 19, 2017
. . . He stops upon this threshold
As if the design of all his words takes form
And frame from his thinking and is realized.
Have you considered how much of the quality of your life depends on your "designs"?
Think for a moment about the meaning of the word. Apart from its more
common use, "design" can mean "a reasoned purpose, an intention." It's
often used in a negative sense ("He has designs on his neighbor's
wife"), but it can also be used positively. Our designs are our
intentions with regard to the future, and, as I say, much that is
important to us depends on these designs. High quality lives don't come
from inferior designs.
happens outwardly in our lives is the "manifestation" of what is going
on inwardly. Just as a house is the manifestation of what was on the
blueprint from which it was made, which in turn was the manifestation of
a design in the mind of the architect, our lives are the outworkings of
our inward values and goals. If we're unhappy with what has been
manifested in our lives, we can always change our designs, and when we
do, other things will begin to be manifested.
owe it to those around us, especially our loved ones, to be more
purposeful in our designs. Those who've entrusted themselves to us in
friendship and love need to know that we've carefully considered the
alternatives and made wise choices in our designs. Haphazard living
doesn't just hurt us; it hurts others, too. So we need to be careful.
our designs will turn out to be useless if they run counter to the
principles of goodness and honor. We can't operate from selfish or
destructive intentions and expect our outward lives to be blessed by
abundant joy and satisfaction. We do not live unto ourselves alone, and
the laws of human behavior and interaction can't be ignored with
impunity. Our designs -- that is, what we plan to be and do -- must
harmonize with the good of those around us, and even with the
overarching purposes of the whole creation of which we're a part. If
they don't, our designs are doomed to be inconsequential.
Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say,
That all my powers with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.
There is something new every day if you look for it.
One of our most remarkable endowments is the ability to foretaste pleasure.
The literal meaning of "anticipate" is to "take before," and we have it
within us to look ahead (at least a little way) and take enjoyment from
our experiences before they arrive. To make this choice and welcome the
future with joy is an act of courage. It is also an act of considerable
everything about the future will be pleasant, of course. But even so,
anticipation is a wise choice. As a positive character quality,
anticipation gives us a more constructive outlook. By believing the best
and acting on our hopes, we find a better future than if we expected
the worst. For this reason, Albert Schweitzer, who spent his adult life
dealing with life's rough edges, said, "My knowledge is pessimistic, but
my willing and hoping are optimistic."
then can we heighten our anticipation and relish our future? Although
it seems contradictory, the primary thing we can do is pay more
attention to what happens in the present moment. As I write these
lines, for example, it is early spring and the trees outside my window
are beginning to bud and blossom. It would be difficult to look at these
things thoughtfully and not anticipate (or "take before") the greater,
more fully developed beauty they'll have tomorrow morning. So whatever
death and decay there may be, let's also see the evidence that many good
things in the world are moving, growing, and reaching forward. If we
"taste" deeply the present truth about these things, our minds will
tingle with anticipation for what lies ahead.
when we have no idea what will happen tomorrow, there are still reasons
for us to anticipate it. The intriguing mystery of it all -- the very
possibility that tomorrow's path may take a surprising turn -- ought to
energize us. If life could be completely planned and programmed, we
would be "safe" perhaps, but in our hearts we know that we want more
than safety. Like the inquisitive, once-upon-a-time children that we
used to be, we want to learn more than we know and do more than we've
done. There's a bit of the adventurer in all of us.
Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road, or a secret gate.