21 Quotes I currently like:

These quotes where collected over the month of April.

  1. “Prayer is not a stratagem for occasional use, a refuge to resort to now and then.  It is rather like an established residence for the innermost self.  All things have a home: the bird has a nest, the fox has a hole, the bee has a hive.  A soul without prayer is a soul without a home.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
  2. “In all the land there is only one you, possibly two, but seldom more than sixteen.”  Amy Sedaris
  3. “If I started with the mind and will of God, viewing the rest of my life from that point of view, other details would fall into place–or at least fall into a different place.” Philip Yancey

  4. “Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein
  5. Isaiah 43:18 “Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.”
  6. “I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.” HL Mencken
  7. “This is not about strength. This is about heart. Ray, when the mayor was killed, you put yourself in harm’s way to save Felicity. Normal people, they don’t do that. Heroes do that.” (Oliver Queen aka The Arrow)
  8. “While we were all looking at the same things, we were not all looking for the same things.” Eric Elder
  9. “We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” Ellen Goodman 
  10. “Earth is crammed with heaven
    And every bush aflame with God
    But only those who see take off their shoes.”Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  11. “I am to be a new kind of fool in this world.”  Francis of Assisi
  12. “Cleave to the teachings of Christ completely, and let go of other teachings, just as a sailor reads his compass, though other signs around him might contradict it.” Leo Tolstoy

  13. “Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” Victor Hugo
  14. “The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.” Stanley Fish
  15. “I believed that books might save him because I knew they had so far, and because I knew the people books had saved.”  Rebecca Makkai
  16. “There are some works so luminous…so powerful that they give us strength, and force us to new undertakings. A book can play this role. ” Herve Le Tellier
  17. “She thought of the library, so shining white and new; the rows and rows of unread books; the bliss of unhurried sojourns there and of going out to a restaurant, alone, to eat.” Maud Hart Lovelace
  18. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.  Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” Leonardo da Vinci
  19. “How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.”  Gore Vidal
  20. There always has to be a quote from Nelson Mandela: “”The purpose of freedom is to create it for others” (Fitting for Freedom day here in South Africa on the 27th April)
  21. Last one is in a form of a graphic from a brilliant movie:

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Which quote is grabs your attention?

Driving for Dummies (Pedestrian Crossings)

Sigh!  A vent post.  What’s with drivers not stopping at Pedestrian crossings?  So annoying and selfish!😦

And one of the rules of the road….

  • I get it.  If pedestrians are “jay walking” – then fine, you don’t need to stop.
  • They should cross at the designated areas.
  • But when, they are there?  Regardless if there is a traffic light at the crossing or not… can you PLEASE just STOP for pedestrians?
  • Stop being so selfish and so unaware of us trying to cross the road.
  • A signs of first world thinking  is to be considerate of others on the road.  Even pedestrians.
  • Come to think of it… if drivers stopped at pedestrian crossings – then there may just be less “jay walking”
  • Because people cross anywhere these days, because they know that drivers don’t care enough to stop…
  • PLEASE be considerate!

 

For the love of meetings / for the love of God

For the love of meetings / for the love of God

I’m not a fan of meetings.
I’ve been in plenty boring ones.
I’ve been in some very long ones.

Had two meetings this past weekend – However I took a different approach when attending them.

Gathered were people who love God and love the change and mission He is bringing into our local context.
God is on the move. We get to be part of that.
When there is nothing “to discuss” it could mean… the church is ineffective. It doesn’t have goals or ideas…

You see the people who meet.
– If they just like meetings for meetings sake
– Or if they “feel important”
– Or they like the sound of their own voice with their long winded speeches.

That’s not a ‘healthy’ place to be. (For lack of a better word)

But when those people who meet love God.  Then we’re talking.  Then we’re onto something good.

  • All organisations need meetings to take stock and plan to go forward.
  • Likewise in the church.
  • But let’s not waffle.
  • Let’s walk in step with God’s mission.

The day I appeared in the newspaper

Last week, I had to honour of making an appearance in the local newspaper, The Bulletin here in Secunda.

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Funny thing, the lady who cleans our church, told me when she saw my picture, she thought I had died (thankfully not yet) – apparently people appear in the paper when they have passed on…

Honoured:

– I’m not a resident of Secunda, (well, I’m not from here, originally) and it’s humbling to get a piece written about me.

– I’ve read some of the other “human interest” stories – and they’re amazing.

But, be that as it may… I hope God would use my story in some way…

The day, the paper was printed I got two calls about recycling.  I also got a massive thank you from the Sizithande Recycle Centre – so that’s helped our relationship/connection too.

I wasn’t entirely sure what the focus was of the article was;

  1. i) If geocaching, were a religion – it got good exposure…
  2. ii) The church I worked for – got mentioned – who knows that bring some exposure for them

iii) The recycling project – I started has done so well.  And that definitely got exposure… One of my expressions as a follower of God is to care for His world.

(I don’t know how someone can say that love God and life He gives and yet destroy / and not care for His world.  Litter irks me immensely!)

Funniest, the day that I appeared in the paper – as I cycled to the shop later…  I kept wondering if people were thinking and pointing at me “Isn’t that the guy from the paper?”

Thankfully not!😉

So Creator God, thank you for the opportunity.

(I’m sure there is a book called: 101 things to do before you die… being in a newspaper… may be done of them.  Check.)

Over and out…

Numbers 7

The bible can be a difficult book.  But if you sit with it.  If you ask God to reveal things to you. Truth is, He will.  I sat with these 89 verses.  And this is what i discovered about Numbers 7.

The whole passage can be found here

But the part that grabbed my attention was:

“13 His offering consisted of a silver platter weighing 3 1⁄4 pounds and a silver basin weighing 1 3⁄4 pounds[b] (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). These were both filled with grain offerings of choice flour moistened with olive oil. 14 He also brought a gold container weighing four ounces,[c] which was filled with incense. 15 He brought a young bull, a ram, and a one-year-old male lamb for a burnt offering,16 and a male goat for a sin offering. 17 For a peace offering he brought two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five one-year-old male lambs.”

That part, those EXACT words are repeated 12 times in the passage.  I wondered about that.  I would have just wrote it simply as in the author (writer’s) summary from verse 84:

“84 So this was the dedication offering brought by the leaders of Israel at the time the altar was anointed: twelve silver platters, twelve silver basins, and twelve gold incense containers. 85 Each silver platter weighed 3 1⁄4 pounds, and each silver basin weighed 1 3⁄4 pounds. The total weight of the silver was 60 pounds[d] (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). 86 Each of the twelve gold containers that was filled with incense weighed four ounces (as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel). The total weight of the gold was three pounds.[e]87 Twelve young bulls, twelve rams, and twelve one-year-old male lambs were donated for the burnt offerings, along with their prescribed grain offerings. Twelve male goats were brought for the sin offerings.88 Twenty-four bulls, sixty rams, sixty male goats, and sixty one-year-old male lambs were donated for the peace offerings. This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed.”

But no… that’s not the case… the same offering, same specs, same weights is rewritten and mentioned 12 times in one passage.  What is with that?  What can we learn from this? After sitting with the passage.  Praying about.  Letting the Spirit lead my thoughts I came up with this.  Take it or leave it:

  1. Maybe the repetition is there to help the readers and the leaders of each tribe (back, at the time of writing) to remember the instructions clearly.  In repetition comes remembering?
  2. Maybe there is something in going through all 12 exact offerings related to our lives.  You may feel you are in the “fifth offering” of your life?  Don’t despair.  Keep on keeping on.  You need to get through the other seven.  Maybe God wants to say… you need to do “the same things” for now.  Keep at it.  Don’t lose heart.
  3. God’s instruction is for everyone.  12 represents completeness.  “Everyone has instruction from God” – God connects with all.  Thing is, will you listen?
  4. What do the offerings themselves teach us about our worship today?  We need an aspect of “sin offering” to our worship.  In other words, we need to repent.  say sorry to our Maker.  Then the peace offering is interesting too.  Are you peace with others?  Jesus mentioned that too.  “Go and be reconciled to your brother (sister) before you offer your gift at the altar.”  Also, can we be at “peace with God” ?  Because sometimes we may arrive at places where He is with “warring hearts.”  Make amends with Him.  relent to His grace.
  5. The burnt offering part – the aroma of the offering on the altar was to be a pleasing one to God.  How is our worship?  Does God see the posture of our heart and think:  “yes, this person is for me.  I see their dedication and love”

So those are my thoughts on Numbers 7.  What do you think?

The Paper

I’m small. Could be seen as insignificant.

I’m just a couple of letters stringed together.
Well, stringed is not really the word.
Typed is more like it.

You have options with me?
You could crumple me up and shoot for the waste basket in the corner.
But you only should put baby there, not me.

If you and I parted ways. I’d hope you’d recycle me.
I could go back into the “system”
And go for round two

Hopefully, making a difference the next time.
There is wisdom laid upon me.
Don’t miss it.

Take me home.
Leave me where other family members may peruse my paragraphs.
Maybe I’m what they’ve been looking for, who knows?

Or take me to your office.
There may be a colleague who needs my words…
I’m light. you can carry me.

Fold me up, put me in your pocket.
But don’t let me stay there.
You can’t share me in the modern ways, via Twitter or Facebook or something.

But that’s okay…
I still have value.
I’m not just a little piece of paper.
My words, read my words!

Oh my word! Am I getting through to you? …

This story inspired by these words printed on a piece of paper:

“But, Jesus I’ve fallen
I don’t mind the rain if
I meet my maker
I’ll meet my maker clean

But, Jesus the truth is
I’ve struggled so hard to believe
I’ll meet my maker
I’ll need my maker

To cure of my doubting blood
And drain me of the sins I love
And take from me my disbelief
I know it should come easily
But it remains inside of me
It battles and devours me
It cuddles up the side of me
And whispers it convinces me I’m right” Dashboard Confessional

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I lived in Bicester (UK). I ran a cell group for high school teens. This one guy arrived as we were ending of that particular meeting. I handed him a piece of paper with these lyrics (that song we had looked at that night). I told him to YouTube the song. He did. Two weeks later, he was baptized. The power of God. He will even use a piece of paper…

Pieces of April

I’ve been writing these little pieces.  Thought i’d share them with you:

Piece 1

I threw away the mat
That we could place things on
Because it reminded me of the unraveling.

I’m sure we stood there sure
Well in their eyes it was for certain

But oh my dear
Dispelling our darkness
Is no easy feat

Time has gone on
With these pieces what could we do?

They can remind us of things broken
Or as we know many pieces make a whole.
A puzzling effect of where we are now.

Lost and found
Breathing in breathing out.

Piece 2

My head is spinning.
Just as fast as this planet.
I stand here still
Waiting

But its an illusion
Racing thoughts every second

When did life become so big?
I’m full of doubt and debt and desires and…
Decisions
Waiting to be made.

I queue here.
Questions.
Every day tasks
Dreams – big and small

Someone relies on me.
I rely on me too.

I can’t freeze frame this all.
I stand
Still
And busy.

Piece 3

Love had a meeting
it had this standing agreement
take it or leave it – it suggested
so isn’t it any wonder

he wonders what he feels
as he is naked before her
with all his clothes on

she wonders what it is
under his rugged rough arms
she finds her safe haven

he wonders why
his heart still skips a beat
when she walks in

she wonders how
she feels so brave
with his encouraging support

the best love is the comfortable kind
even when things are uncomfortable
love must be a wonder-ful thing
they wondered…


1) Which one do you like?
2) What is your interpretation of them?