BFJ Newsletter 5th April 2015
Surviving or Thriving?
Dear Friends and Loved Ones,
A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL! Pray this sharing finds you well and your loved ones.
Praise God for the long Easter break giving us time to recoup from exhaustion of last week’s mission and spend time with our loved ones. Indeed, many of us work too hard these days, life simply goes by us and before we know it, we’re running out of time…weforgot how to enjoy life & our health deteriorate fast etc. The question therefore for us today is: are we merely surviving or thriving?
“THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING, A SEASON FOR EVERY MATTER UNDER HEAVEN.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
This is a paramount issue we face in this modern age where everything is moving so quickly, we are worried we’ll be left behind. Therefore we join the bandwagon of rat race, material pursuit and neglect what matters most in life…spending precious time with our families and loved ones, friends and certainly deeper fellowship with our Creator. Let us ask ourselves therefore, are we thriving or merely surviving today?
“AND THE ONE WHO BELIEVES IN ME DRINK. AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, ‘OUT OF THE BELIEVERS’S HEART SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.” John 7:38
If these are not clear enough, join me in reflecting what it means to be surviving or thriving. This sharing was inspired by a blog from: Mike House forwarded by our dear friend, Romano. In the blog, he created a tabulation pasted below to compare the characteristics of a person who is merely surviving or the one who is thriving?
|Danger or Survival
||Thrive and Adapt
|Horde and overload
|Needs to be right
||Can see many points of view
|Victim of circumstance
||Creates opportunity in adversity
|Plays the blame game
||Responsible and accountable for what is in their control/influence
|Succumbs to pressure and stress
||Has clear strategies to deal with pressure and stress
|Unmotivated and lethargic
||Motivated and energetic
|Unaware of blind spots
||Asks questions to reveal blind spots
|Sees barriers and constraints
|Focussed on short term
|Controlled by attitude
||Choose their attitude
[Table extracted from Mike House]
Join me in reflection which one are we based on the above table? Are we truly living our lives to the fullest for God’s glory or for ourselves? What can we do to live better and more joyful lives? On this special day of Easter season, let us reflect where is our priority and reorganise our lives to come to a point where we live it for God and not for ourselves anymore…afterall, its not about us, its about HIM! Only then will we stop surviving but actually start thriving!
“FOR WHAT WILL IT PROFIT THEM TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND FORFEIT THEIR LIFE.” Mark 8:36
Thank you for your prayers for our mission last month. We are pleased to share the interim inspection for Housing for Jesus prior to handover was fruitful, inspiring us to do more & strengthens our resolve to raise more homes for the homeless for Phase 2 of Adopt A Family with tax exempt extended till mid 2015. While most of us take our homes for granted, our homeless brothers are still waiting for us to respond to their call…and may we thrive, not just survive while helping the homeless.
‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song!’ St Pope John Paul 2
Yours in Christ,
Mike, Ruby & BFJ Team