Tergeletak

Gimana sih posisi tergeletak itu? Beberapa waktu lalu aku mendengar kotbah dari seorang pendeta yang mengatakan bahwa tergeletak itu bagaikan seekor kura-kura yang terbalik yang tidak akan bisa bangkit lagi dengan sendirinya.

Jadi kira-kira seperti ini nih posisinya, hehehe 😀
Tergeletak

Pernahkah kita mengalami saat-saat yang demikian? Jika pernah, solusinya hanya satu: Hiduplah berkenan kepada Tuhan.

“TUHAN menetapkan langkah-langkah orang yang hidupnya berkenan kepada-Nya; apabila ia jatuh, tidaklah sampai tergeletak, sebab TUHAN menopang tangannya.” Mazmur 37:23-24

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Don’t You Get Enough to Give Thanks?

An old man sold doughnut on the side of pedestrian. It’s 1 $ per doughnut. A young man jogged there one day and he gave 1 $ but he didn’t take the doughnut. Then it became a routine, everyday the young man came and gave the old man 1 $.

Until one day, after giving 1 $ the young man continued running. But this time the old man ran following him. When the young man knew that, he stopped and waited him.

The old man finally caught him, with short breath because of running the old man try to speak
“Y.. y… young man,,, .Don’t you know,,, “

“One doughnut now is 2 $”.

Tree

I hear this illustration from sermon of Ps. Raprap in my office Friday Service.

The life of Christianity is like a grown tree which grows two ways: down and up. Down is the root, the deeper the root the stronger the tree. Up is the branch, the bigger is branch, the stronger is the tree.

Root is like our faith, unseen, but it connects us with our eternal resource: God. Although we have only a little faith, we can move the mountain, the scripture says. The bigger our faith, the stronger we live.

Branch (main branch / log) is like our service to God, it can be seen. The Christian life is growing up when it starts serving God, not only awaits to be served. The more we humble ourselves and serve God the more growing we are.

These 2 growths need to be worked in parallel. We can’t only work on 1 side.

Tree with deep root but small branch is like a bonsai. It has very good faith, but has nothing to be shared with others. On the other hand tree with big branch but shallow root will be easily blown away event with small wind. It serves God a lot but has no deep faith, be careful since if some issue occurs, it will decide to leave God.

The health Christianity life is like a tree with deep root and big branch. Let us practice it, let grows in 2 ways. Take a time to strengthen our faith by listening to God’s Word, build intimacy with Him. Take a time also to serve God, believe that it can teach us many things especially humility.

Let’s grow strongly!!!

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you

There is an illustration to describe this part of scripture.

When you put a rock into water, what you will get is that the rock is inside water, but water is not inside the rock.

But when you put cotton into water, you will get exactly what the scripture says. The cotton is inside the water, and the water is inside the cotton.

When our heart is hard, full of selfishness, we can’t let God dwell in us, but when we open our heart and let Him in, softly He will dwell in us.

And the next interesting point is that when the cotton is inside the water, the cotton is almost transparent, it changes to be like water’s color.

So it means when we dwell in Him, we are more like Him who dwells inside us. 🙂

Where the hell is Matt

Dancing badly among the world. An interesting video.

It’s all start here (2005)

The idea is very simple just dance, but Matt dances everywhere. And more place to dance on 2006

Somehow it doesn’t matter of what Matt doing. But the thing matter is where he dances. Don’t you see the beauty of our earth. I see it. And now he is not dancing alone. People dance with him 🙂

2012, Matt did it. He dance each country dancing. Enjoy the symphony beautiful places around the world combined with the fascinating dancing of human culture.

What’s up next Matt?
http://www.wherethehellismatt.com

Thanks before Receiving

Why should we thank God before we receive the answer of our prayer?

Ripe Tomatoes

“I want three ripe tomatoes, John”, Mina cried out in her near delirium. Her fever was dangerously high and she was dying. Her husband, John wanted to explain that it was impossible to get three ripe tomatoes, but she wasn’t listening.

John and Mina Clark were serving as missionaries in very primitive northeastern corner of Africa called Belgian Congo. It was first half of twentieth century, before missionary aviation could bring medical help within hours.

“I want three ripe tomatoes”, Mina was calling again. How could John calm her? In the Congo , no one had ever heard tomatoes. All he could do was fall to his knees and pray. His prayer was long and rambling, not always making sense. He simply blubbering from the depth of his heart but God knew what he meant. John asked God to heal Mina, perhaps to send a doctor – though it would take a week for a doctor to reach this jungle outpost. And yes he also prayed for tomatoes.

The next day one of local tribesman knocked at the Clark ’s door. With him was a woman from neighboring tribe. In her arms she carried a basket covered with banana leaf. After some casual conversation, the woman explained why she had come. About a month earlier, John Clark has visited her tribe. She figured that he, as foreigner, might be able to help.

What was her problem?

“Sometime ago a traveler left seed with us” she explained. “And I plant it. The plant has now boner a harvest, but I am afraid to eat them, as I do not know weather or not they are poison”.

John Clark lifted the banana leaf and saw something astonishing in her basket – ripe, red tomatoes, three of them.

The woman saw the missionary’s obvious delight. “You can have this” she said “for I have many, many more at home”.

John thanked the woman profusely and then took the three tomatoes to Mina. Shortly thereafter, the doctor arrived, ahead of schedule and soon Mina was on the road of recovery. John never knew whether doctor’s medicine or the miraculous tomatoes had more to do with her recovery. Whichever he knew it was God’s amazing answer to prayer.

As he thought through these event, John realize something event more amazing. God must have planned all long in advance. God must had known when that traveler would give the seed to the African tribeswoman. God must had known when the woman would plant the seed and the tomatoes would ripen. And God must has directed the woman to his mission station on the day after he had prayed for three ripe tomatoes to appear out nowhere. Amazing

We should give thanks when we pray to God because He has provided the answer before we receive it, even before we ask it. He knows the best for us, and because of that we should give Him thanks.

From: I want three ripe tomatoes, John – book 100 Amazing Answers to Prayer.

What is your focus?

Penjual daging melihat seekor anjing ditokonya & mengusirnya. Tetapi anjing itu kembali lagi, ia menghampiri anjing itu & melihat ada catatan dimulutnya : “Tolong sediakan 12 sosis, uangnya dimulut anjing ini”. Sipenjual melihat ada uang 10$, diambilnya uang itu, ia memasukkan sosis ke kantong plastik & diletakkan dimulut anjing itu. Si penjual sangat terkesan.

Kebetulan saat itu waktu tutup toko, ia menutup toko & mengikuti si anjing yg berjalan ketempat penyeberangan. Si anjing meletakkan plastiknya, melompat & menekan tombol penyeberangan, kemudian menunggu lampu hijau & ia menyeberang. Anjing tsb sampai dihalte bus & melihat papan informasi kemudian duduk. Sebuah bus dtg, si anjing melihat no bus, kemudian kembali duduk. Bus lain dtg, yakin bus benar, si anjing naik! Si penjual kagum mengikuti anjing itu.

Akhirnya si anjing berjalan kedepan, ia berdiri dgn 2kakinya & menekan tombol agar bus berhenti. Kemudian ia keluar & berhenti depan rumah & meletakkan kantung plastik. Kemudian ia membenturkan dirinya kepintu rumah tsb.

Sipenjual melihat seorang pria membuka pintu & langsung memukuli menendang serta menyumpahi anjing tsb! Sipenjual berlari utk menghentikan pria tsb, “Apa yg kau lakukan? Anjing ini sangat jenius”…Pria itu menjawab: “Kau bilang anjing ini pintar? Dlm minggu ini sdh 2x anjing ini lupa membawa kunci!!”

Mungkin hal serupa sering terjadi dikehidupan kita. Sesuatu yg bagi kita tidak memuaskan, mungkin sesuatu yg sangat luar biasa bagi orang lain.
Yang membedakan hanyalah seberapa besar penghargaan kita. Pemilik anjing tidak menghargai kemampuan si anjing & hanya terfokus pada kesalahannya! Sebaliknya, pemilik toko menganggap anjing tsb luar biasa pintar!

Kita tidak menyadari bahwa setiap harinya kita punya 2 pilihan, hendak mengeluh atas berbagai hal yg krg memuaskan, atau bersyukur atas berbagai karunia yg telah kita terima?

I Tesalonika 5:18 Mengucap syukurlah dalam segala hal, sebab itulah yang dikehendaki Allah di dalam Kristus Yesus bagi kamu.

~ From BBM – Anonymous ~