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PURSUING THE ONE THING

Pursuing the ONE THING, glorifying God, doesn’t mean we all become missionaries or pastors. It doesn’t mean we forsake doing business, buying properties, traveling. Because as in the book of Ecclesiastes 5:19 “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil–this is a gift of God.”

I remembered what couple friend did with a business exposure for the kids last December. It was a multi-purposed endeavor – to teach the kids, to make a profit (no matter how small), to share Jesus during this occasion through the J Candy Cane story.

A balance life is what we must achieve. An idea would be working a max of 40-48 hours a week. During the week, having time to date with the wife, game time with the kids, have time for bible study, having quiet time with God, worshipping God on Sundays and also serving Him in whatever areas of giftedness God has given you to build the church up.

With the blessings of finances, we are able to travel and enjoy time with our family and friends, giving our tithes, giving generously to those who are in need, supporting ministries and missionaries, and so on. This goes with the instructions of Paul, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17‭-‬19 NIV

In terms of mission and purpose in life, aside from serving the church with our giftedness and talents, we align ourselves with CCF – to preach the gospel and make disciples. Sharing the gospel in our sphere of influences, employees, co-workers, clients, business partners, remembering that Jesus is our CEO. He is the owner and we are merely stewards.

Having this kind of mindset will allow us to make an impact in this world for the glory of God. I hope and pray that this can give us some perspective in regards to PURSUING the ONE THING. God bless.

Computer Time EQUALS No Time???

Let us start off with looking at a few examples:

Situation 1:
Child: Hi dad/mom. Can you play with me?
Parent: Sorry child, i can’t. I’m busy. You can play your tab or computer.

Situation 2:
Parent: Come on kids, let’s go out for dinner with some of my friends.
(At the restaurant, kids become playful and noisy)
Parent: Kids, come and sit down. Here, play my cellphone, so we can talk.
(Kids are quiet playing computer games, while the adults chat)

Situation 3:
Child: Hi dad/mom. Can you play with me?
Parent (coming home from work): Sorry child, but I’m quite tired from the office. Go play your games.

Word of Warning: What i say next is shocking. It may anger you and prompt you for a violent reaction. You may call me old-fashion, out-dated but please do bear with me and consider this profound truth that is happening around us.

With the above situations, it maybe that we did not directly instruct them to play computer games but rarely do i see kids that are not drawn to gadgets. Computer games are so interesting, captivating, exciting, and engaging that it gets the attention of both the young and old alike. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we should not use technology for education. But there are articles online that says, videos and computers are not recommended for small kids because it hampers their brain development and develops more ADHD cases, due to short attention span. Moreover, computer games are really addicting and has become just like alcoholism and drugs.

This shocking profound truth is: Has computer game time translated to Us having “No Time” with them?

With the reality that we are living in, kids are left alone with gadgets – tv, internet, computer games. Yes, computer games develop strategy and all that. But children now a days are lacking creative play, the use of their imagination. Despite of all the toys around them, children who are used to play computer games says “I’m bored.” if left for even a few minutes without it.

INVEST TIME WITH THEM. Children longs for your time – Time to play with them, be with them, spend time and enjoy them. Don’t you miss the time, the family spent jamming together, playing truth or dare, playing chess, game boards like monopoly, millionaire, game of life, boggle, scrabble, playing cards, pictionary, going road trips on weekends, doing sports, and so on. I bet you remember and miss those games that you used to play when you were young.

DO THE REAL THING WITH THEM. They play Angry Bird, be the bird and build the pillows. They are playing baking and cooking games, bake and cook with them for real. They’re playing basketball, play with them in a real court. Play chase, play around the house. City living is full of buildings and malls that are children don’t have places to run around. It would be good to bring them to parks and see nature often.

We have to AWAKEN THE INNER CHILD in us once more so that we can role-play with them, play their toys creatively with them just like in the movie Toy Story. You are never too old for it. It even makes you younger.

STOP WASTING TIME yourself with Facebook and Twitter. Stop minding the lives of other people and make your life count with those who are really valuable to you – that’s Your FAMILY. It is not too late. Make your life count, starting with your own family then with those around you. Stop playing games yourself – Bejeweled, Candy Crush, and so on.  You are throwing your life away for nothing. Again, my appeal to you, invest your time to what really matters – your children and your family. May God allow us to realize this and help us make the right choices to make our future a better and meaningful one specially for our children. God bless you all.

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