The nature of humanity is that we desire more our own initiated change by our own ‘strength or power’. Since the fall of man in the garden of Eden, he has always demanded change with the hope that it will better his livelihood. At every request most often God, the Supreme creator has obliged and given man his desires although at times he gives temporal insight into the desired change for the people to see that what they are asking for will not change any of their circumstance, that in some cases it will make matters even worse than before. Take for example when the people demanded that because they do not see God, to have kings to rule over them. They soon discovered that the kings they desired were more self-serving, self-centred and almost started killing them, their people for reasons such as lack of respect to the king (Bible, Old Testament).
The key to better life is first and foremost acknowledging the creator, God as the enabler of all situations. Second it is to listen to ones’ inner voice. It is also learning from what has been, knowing the likelihood of therefore what will be. It is understanding the bigger picture, the grandeur plan; God’s purpose for humankind. More often it appears only a few enlightened people understand that and a lot of them if they do have that knowledge keep it mostly to themselves.
I would argue aside the spiritual life dimension, humans would experience better lives if they understood the prime objective of their lives, why living is important, for what purpose? Listening to the inner voice in addition require us to ask ourselves important questions before taking any action in situations, the obvious one being; why do I need to react in the way I am about to? The emergent study of Emotional Intelligence is all about emotions dictating our actions. It is about self questioning in all our actions against emotions for instance asking oneself, why am I upset by what this other person has said? Quite often the answers are enlightening, pointing to the fact that most human energy can be preserved for better things.
The quotes for this week, we finish those from the book that I have been reading written by one of the church leaders in Manchester. Personal responsibility and accountability is an honourable trend one must desire to have. Like the song ‘We Come One’ dictates, we all are on individual journeys. What is important is manifestation of human Love to all mankind. I am sure you will find the quotes from this book both enlightening and a revelation. Read and enjoy:
MULTIPLANTING – A vision for Growing Churches, Leaders and Mission by Colin Baron.
“Whenever you communicate, you do so with a particular voice. By this, I mean the way you say things, what words you choose, where you place your emphasis and the general tone that you use. Your voice is very important because it reveals a lot about what you value as a church. This may be in line with what you say your values and culture are, or it may serve to undermine them. For example, a church that has a stated value of inclusivity but in its Sunday services makes a lot of in-jokes that go over the heads of visitors has shown that the inclusivity value may not be as strong as they would like to think. ——— Voice is something that you can control, and it is far better to hone your voice deliberately than for it to develop accidentally without any thought. If you have other people such as site leaders or an operations team that speak on your behalf, make sure you take time to help them catch the voice that you have developed. This is particularly important in a multiplanting church because you won’t even be in the room for much of the communication that happens, and when the messages coming out of one site or ministry area carry a very different tone from what you are building, this can confuse people and will actually be very damaging for the cohesion and growth of the church.“
“The second significant aspect of growing as a disciple is learning new things. The disciples probably heard Jesus teaching most days (and often they would have heard key messages reinforced many times in village after village). When Jesus taught difficult things, they had time and space to process and ask questions. When they struggled with spiritual disciplines like prayer, they could ask Jesus and he showed them how it is done. By the end of three years with Jesus, the disciples had grown in knowledge to such an extent that when they proclaimed the gospel with boldness and clarity the Jerusalem authorities were astonished that uneducated common men could speak in such a way. The only conclusion to draw was that they had been with Jesus.”