Scum of The Earth?

The emails and calls stopped. An eerie quiet swept over my desk like the chilly winds on Mount Everest. I had just returned from San Diego dejected, after a big project of which its success was in large part because of the technical acumen, and personal sacrifices I offered. However, others took credit for it. Worse still, my name was offered up as one of the troublemakers. If that current situation was all I saw, then it appeared I had gone from being the man on the critical path of the project to be the scum of the earth. But thank God I also saw millions of people worldwide being inspired towards Jesus Christ, and that saved my life.   Seeing More than The Current Reality "How far can you [...]

Keep Pressing

My Journey to Lira, Uganda began in the bitter Indiana cold. It felt as though my face would melt and fall off. A plastic card got stuck in my lip and almost ripped it off. The bus I was to use to the airport was a tad late, and the restaurants and buildings were all closed. As I waited, I began to get numb, and realized that if I stood still, I would die of hypothermia (your body shuts down because of lack of heat). My best option was to press forward. So I kept walking, kept pressing, until I was finally able to board the bus, eventually getting to Uganda, and seeing God save souls.   Pressing David The finest warriors in Israel along with their King, Saul, failed [...]

Cut

A fellow passenger boarded our domestic flight with nothing but the clothes on his back and the small backpack he carried. That seemed ludicrous to me until we disembarked, and then I saw the wisdom of his action. He walked right through everything on his way to his destination. I on the other hand, was held back a long time waiting for my hand luggage. Then I had to go down to the carousel to wait some more for my other luggage to appear. My luggage was full of extra clothes I didn't need. Because the gentleman cut down to his essentials, he was able to accelerate, while I was delayed.   The Covenant to Cut As a token of the covenant between Abraham and God, the Israelites were asked [...]

Propelled By Prejudice. Part 2

The article below was sent to me by Theodore Sugges as an email response to my message Propelled by Prejudice. I found it fascinating enough to post as a part 2 - With Theodore's permission of course. The article understands and augments my points. Prejudice takes many forms and yes, Racial bigotry is included. I read your message today with interest. In many ways people have discouraged me with proclamations that I wasn't good enough or would never amount to anything. In the end I proved all or most of them wrong. Prejudice in my country is a very strong word usually applied on the basis of racial lines, so when that word is used it usually means racial bigotry. I trust that is not the case in the examples [...]

Propelled By Prejudice

How could John Sullivan realize that his prejudice towards me would propel me forward? Could he have foreseen that the man whom he unfairly gave my soccer scholarship to, would one day load my luggage into my car as I prepared to leave a luxury hotel with my family. How could he have predicted that though his decision caused me to temporarily drop out of school, that I would achieve an advanced degree 5 years before his posse would? I twice remember, the bitter sting of prejudice piercing me, yet in hindsight, those instances forced me to grow, to become the man God called me to be. I was propelled by prejudice.   Maturity Through Prejudice In a previous article, stand, we saw that David's "crime" was that he brought [...]

An Extra Measure of Grace

The parking garage looked modern on the outside, but felt dingy on the inside. Dad and I sat quietly in the idling car as I waited on him to take his call before I backed out. I watched dad struggle to slide to the right, with his finger, the interface that would take the call. He wasn't found wanting for effort. The non-intuitive design of the smartphone made it difficult. After a few tries, dad gave up, and said: "she (his wife) will call back". I instantly recalled all the times I had felt dejected because dad didn't pick my call. Could it be that he tried to, but the phone wouldn't let him? I learned a new lesson on giving an extra measure of grace that day. On cutting [...]

But to Minister

My approach was to start and run a cell phone business first, and then use the proceeds to fund the ministry which I had just launched in 2003. Not bad thinking. But this approach was wrong. I got trapped in a cycle of borrowing time and treasure to scale the business, in order to stay solvent (a business is either growing or dying). The business became my obsession and there was no time left for the ministry. I had put the cart before the horse. The ministry began to thrive when I realized that I had to minister (serve) first, locally, no matter how small, and then from this place of ministry, contentedly, seek the Lord on how I can minister to more people. Adopting this approach, God revealed the [...]

Load More Posts