Enlarging Your Vision

Proverbs 20:27

The following are the notes I scribbled while listening to Joel Osteen.  Positive vibes come this way…

We have to conceive it on the inside before we’re ever going to receive it on the outside.

But if you develop an image of victory, success, health, abundance, joy, peace and happiness, nothing on earth will be able to hold those things from you.

Get rid of those old wineskins. You must conceive it in your heart and mind before you can receive it.

Will you believe?

Will you let the seed take root?

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On a Sunday #2

Remembering the Lord’s prayer on this Sunday.

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

 

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The Lord’s Prayer

On a Sunday #1

The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (KJV)

I think both man/woman and God were not ever meant to be mutually exclusive or independent of each other. I think in Proverbs 20:27, the writer was conveying a message that man/woman and God is a partnership where a man/woman is always dependent on the wisdom and calling of God.

A knowledgeable and logical person will see that as a weakness. How can a man/woman, the superior creation in the animal kingdom be subjected to a infinite partnership with an ethereal God (one that cannot be seen)?

I think if we pause for a moment and evaluate ourselves when we are at the lowest point in our lives, we will come across that void. And it is there where Proverbs 20:27 will make sense to us. If it doesn’t make sense now, maybe one day it will and I hope it will someday.

Change is Good

At some point in our lives, we need to experience change. We need change to bring us out of our comfort zone and start doing the things we have been procrastinating, things we add to our bucket list in the hope to make it happen someday.

I have been keeping a bucket list for years, wishing things would change and I can cross out each item in the list. Of course that did not happen until I took charge and went after what I wanted most. What I wanted most required change.

Taking charge in 2015. 2015 is a year of change. To be more specific a lifestyle change.

Commute
Moving from a daily commute of 50 miles by car to the heart of Surrey, to a daily commute of 20 miles by train and the tube to the heart of London. That’s a lifestyle change!

Sleep
Painfully changing my sleep habit by giving up 2 extra hours of sleep each weekday, waking up early to read and prepare for the day. That’s another lifestyle change.

Hobby
Starting a 100 day London photography project as a way to discover more of the city I love. That’s a change in perspective.

Career
Put into practice all I have learnt in the last 18 months. I call this “Being curious about data”. This is a change in the mindset and learning to use the tools and ideas to learn how to visualise and analyse data. That’s a paradigm change.

Summary
Change is never easy but it is always good. Change will take us where we have never been before. It is a journey worth taking. If you are undecided, go take a walk and make a list. Then ask yourself, how much do you want the things you have written down. Deep down you will know what change is required and then take the courage to make it happen. Change is action. To quote Joyce Meyer, “Do it afraid” if you know the change is necessary.