Love

JUDGE

It’s not because you bathe twice or thrice a day that you’re cleaner than one who bathes once a day. Some people’s nostrils rarely see water in a month or two unless when they have a “running nose”.

It’s not because you spend 2hrs bathing that you come out cleaner from the bathroom. Some people have used over 40l of water day in day out, but parts of their backs end up crying foul like the Amba people in +237.

It’s not because you wear a suit that you’re most sophisticated compared to one who wears a T-shirt. Trust me,  if you look at their shirt collars, you may decide never to sit behind one during a seminar.

It’s not because you walk “clean” that you actually are. Believe me,  most junkies out there are in their Christmas wears all the time.

With all due respect, it’s not because you are adorned with high religious titles that you have a living relationship with our Heavenly Father.

It’s also not because you have all the academic grades and titles that you’re necessarily an erudite in the domain. Else ask my people and they’ll tell you the technological mystery of 32/500.

Should I continue…

What am I trying to say?  Do not judge a book by its cover.

This statement means you gotta judge.
Simple.

But how?

With righteous judgement, JESUS says.
Judge righteously. Do not judge by mere appearances.

Look deeper,  farther than what the cover shows.

Most good books are rarely discovered on the cover. We don’t do that with books. Why do we want to comfortably do so with fellow humans.

So yes, I won’t say don’t judge, as is the maxim out in our confused world today.

Rather, I’d say JUDGE
And please, it’s not my gospel. It is the B.I.B.L.E.

Jesus said the measure you judge with,  with that you’d be judged also.
His caution of “do not judge” as interpreted mostly today, is for those who fear for skeletons to be seen in their cupboards.

When Jesus speaks in Matthew 7:1-5, He says when you want to judge, make sure you have taken out the speck out in your own eye first, before you claim you can comfortably see that which is in your brother’s.  Else, you’ll be a hypocrite. In essence, Jesus wasn’t about judging in this portion. He was about HYPOCRISY. 

Well,  maybe it’s time we stop taking His words out of context to suit our personal whims and caprices.

If you see unrighteousness and do not judge righteously, then certainly you are guilty of same and thus fear being judged likewise.

Key is,  just as we say out here “he who comes to equity must come with clean hands”.

Likewise, you going out to judge righteously must be doing so with clean hands,  with a clean heart. Not judging to shame the person,  or unto condemnation or pride,  but unto love,  compassion and repentance so we all revel in the same grace of God for mankind.

Mind you,  we all were/are sinners.  Christ didn’t come so we die in condemnation. No. He came so we look at ourselves through Him,  see our sins forgiven and die through Him,  and see our new selves resurrected in Him.
That,  was unto righteousness.

So brothers and sisters, let’s get into this mire of a world and bring in God’s righteousness, in love and compassion.  Not forgetting that “he who comes to equity. ..”.

And go ye out,  boldly, not to judge the book by its cover,  but in all righteousness, with the love of God in our hearts, lips and hands.

Shalom.

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How Annabella was killed

Annabella from her earliest years was set to be a priceless pearl

She took her ink and paper well and made it spill to her brain so dear

She made it work and earn her pay and papa saw his gem so rare

Just live her dream and spread her flair until from her was snuffed the air

 

And while she meant to take her flight, the cuckoo missed his way

He zapped his life and mortgaged hers and lo, it was no play

And lying there, Annabella looked and saw her blood being frayed

And all along her papa here could nought, but simply prayed

 

And while she tried to stand the fight, the vultures saw a chance

To make some coins and toss their lives and lo hers was on stance

And lying there, Annabella looked as that her hope was chopped

If only all the sharks around had consciences that hadn’t flopped

 

And while she fought the extra mile, the whitened robes were nigh

All ready-go to make the dough and lo her life was sighing

And lying there, Annabella saw how cruelty was below-high

If only GPs and sharks and robes had chosen not to look by

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And while I think and scribble this, I see her gentle face

I pray she finds eternal bliss, if she did run the Race.

And I wonder how Annabella would’ve been if we hadn’t all the haze

All the cocktail of their impish hearts that puts us in a maze

 

 

 

And that is how Annabella looked and saw how she was killed

And that is how I am telling you so more blood wouldn’t be spilled

And sitting here, I look and see how bleak the future is

Cuz what would change if all they do is sit and feign peace?

 

 

GAZE ON JESUS!

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2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

 

Just a few words as we travel the year 2018 – Set your gaze on Jesus!

The eyes were put in front for a purpose; always look in front; look ahead. Proverbs 4:25 says it. “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”

The past is past, that’s why it’s called PAST. You hold on to it, you can’t move a step.

Better than look ahead, look up. Look up to Christ Jesus. Isaiah 40:26 says he knows the stars by name. If he knows the stars by name, how much more you? He is mindful of you. He knows your frame; He knows what you’re made of; He knows your every move. His thoughts and plans for you are plans of good and not of evil. Look to Jesus, trust Him and follow Him.

Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

And by having our eyes set on Jesus – it means following Him; surrendering to His Lordship over you; seeing Him as the author and finisher of your faith. Focus not on the world or the cares of the world. Affection your mind on Christ and the things above. Live and love on earth as a pilgrim; yet as an ambassador of a kingdom; a plenipotentiary ambassador, cuz that is what, we who are born-again in Christ, are called to be.

2 Cor. 5:20 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Try this: With the eyes/gaze in front, it hurts to look left or right; it is impossible to look behind; but very possible to look up – just a fixing of the gaze. Fix your perspective!

Colossians 3:1-2

“Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Stay positive!

Happy New Year 2018!

Coffee with Jesus -MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

Psalm 19:1-4

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

  • Verse 1:

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the works Thy hand hath made.

I see the stars; I hear the roaring thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

  • Verse 2:

When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Refrain:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee:

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee:

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

COFFEE WITH JESUS – BE CONCERNED FOR THEM!

1 Timothy 2:1-6

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, …

Philippians 2:4

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

CHRIST IN OUR HEARTS

As Christmas draws nigh, one should look out for Christmas in Christmas. It’s celebrating:

Christ who came
Healing our diseases
Restoring our hearts
Infusing into us love, joy, peace in the Holy Ghost
Sitting in for us at all times
Taking upon Himself the sins of mankind
He wants us all to:
Muster our tongues
Act in true Christianity and
Serve the Lord and our neighbours wholeheartedly.


That is what Christ does for us, it is equally what He wants us to do for ourselves and our neighbours, just like GOD did for us when He sent us a little parcel CHRISTMAS. 

LOVE ALONE!

She lay across looking at me,
She felt so warm, so full of glee.
And I, my heart could not contend,
That LOVE that love alone can tend.

An inch apart, yet close at heart
Her thugs like hugs that start to bud
That super pull, her gentle pat
That strike the strings of nature’s cord

Ouuuccchhhhhh, puuuuussssshhhhh, she’s such price gem,
This love’s long pearl, lovelier than ’em.
My LOVE, my joy, so full a gleeful friend
This LOVE that love alone would tend.

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OLD BEN’S STORY

A Minister passing through his church in the middle of the day,

Decided to pause by the altar to see who comes to pray.

Just then the back door opened and a man came down the aisle,

The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn’t shaved in a while.

His shirt was torn and shabby, and his coat was worn and frayed,

The man knelt down and bowed his head, then rose and walked away.

 

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In the days that followed at precisely noon, the preacher saw this chap,

Each time he knelt just for a moment, a lunch pail in his lap.

Well, the minister’s suspicions grew, with robbery a main fear,

He decided to stop and ask the man, ‘What are you doing here?’

The old man said he was a factory worker, and lunch was half an hour

Lunchtime was his prayer time, for finding strength and power.

I stay only a moment because the factory’s far away;

As I kneel here talking to the Lord, this is kinda what I say:

 

‘I JUST CAME BY TO TELL YOU, LORD, HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,

SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHER’S FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.

DON’T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.

SO, JESUS, THIS IS BEN, JUST CHECKING IN TODAY.’

 

The minister feeling foolish told Ben that it was fine.

He told the man that he was welcome to pray there anytime.

‘It’s time to go, and thanks,’ Ben said as he hurried to the door.

Then the minister knelt there at the altar, which he’d never done before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love, as he met with Jesus there.

As the tears flowed down his cheeks, he repeated old Ben’s prayer:

 

‘I JUST CAME BY TO TELL YOU, LORD, HOW HAPPY I’VE BEEN,

SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHER’S FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.

I DON’T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.

SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME, JUST CHECKING IN TODAY.’

 

Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Ben hadn’t come.

As more days passed and still no Ben, he began to worry some.

At the factory, he asked about him, learning he was ill.

The hospital staff was worried, but he’d given them a thrill.

 

The week that Ben was with them, brought changes in the ward.

His smiles and joy contagious; changed people were his reward.

The head nurse couldn’t understand why Ben could be so glad,

When no flowers, calls or cards came, not a visitor he had.

 

The minister stayed by his bed, he voiced the nurse’s concern:

No friends had come to show they cared. He had nowhere to turn.

Looking surprised, old Ben spoke up and with a winsome smile;

‘The nurse is wrong, she couldn’t know; He’s been here all the while.’

Everyday at noon He comes here, a dear friend of mine, you see,

He sits right down and takes my hand, leans over and says to me:

 

‘I JUST CAME BY TO TELL YOU, BEN, HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,

SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP, AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.

I THINK ABOUT YOU ALWAYS AND I LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY,

AND SO BEN, THIS IS JESUS, JUST CHECKING IN TODAY.’

 

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Someone sent it to someone, who sent it to someone, who sent it to someone, who sent it to me, who’s sending it you. Shalom!

 

 

DESIDERATA (2)

ollA few months back, I found myself in an amiss situation with my father, and he told me to « Go back to the Desiderata, read it as though it was for an exam, carefully; thoroughly”.

And so I did. I often did. Had I missed out on something the previous times? Well, I did, the words were the same, the meaning I drew, the same. But, yes, but…

The lines, though simply a reminder, speak a truth so carefully and quietly they cut through the mind and even the soul. Simple things that are desired, desired by all and for all –the desiderata.

Guess in the part of the entire poem I posted same time last year, one of my creams is “As far as possible, without surrender; Be on good terms with all persons; Speak your truth quietly and clearly, And listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; They too have their story.”

I strive and am learning to do all I can to be on good terms with all persons and to respect people’s truths though I may not share them.

And with that understanding from my father, the following are quite poignant, once again

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

 

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

 Max Ehrmann 1927

Yes, strive to be happy, despite the all; despite the odds -Strive to be HAPPY.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014

For yet another new year

We thank God for the bread

For being there to bear

The weight of our dread.

I wish a very Happy and prosperous 2014 to all and sundry, especially to all my followers on POSITIVE SCRIBBLES, not forgetting those who have once taken off time for a visit, or are still to do so. You were part of making my 2013 a positive one, and I pray 2014 be a very positive one for you as well.

SHALOM!

LOVE IS…

new loveSomeone once said love is what it is. I’m sure you have your own definition of what love is to you. So why don’t you tell us what you think or know it is, and perhaps help someone else understand and appreciate better what that four-letter word means. Let the images inspire you, or let someone else do it.

For Patience Strong,

Lost in time

Lost in time

homely teasures

homely teasures

“Love is more than passing pleasures, love is happiness;

Found in home and homely treasures, that the years would bless”.

 

Happiness

Happiness

For me, LOVE  is LIFE.

For you then, Love is…

THE EMPTY CHAIR

A WORD FOR THE SEASON

Mind's Seat

In all of our preparations for Christmas let us reserve a chair or two for Christmas for those souls whom society often rejects. You don’t have to look hard to find these hurting souls. They are all around you. When you take the time to look into their eyes, you can see pain and sorrow etched on their faces.

Their need knows no season. Loneliness , hunger, poverty and despair don’t just happen at Christmas. Love is needed in every life 365 days a year.

There is a gift all of us can give that is far more enduring and more valuable than the latest Ipad, Smart Phone or Ipod. It doesn’t require special gift wrap. It will never need to be returned because it isn’t working. You don’t even have to put this gift on a lay away plan.  It is rare that this gift will be returned to…

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