Monday, August 18, 2008

Avatar- the Nevonic version

Many people love Avatar. Those young cartoons who are supposed to save the world! Now people are in awe with their skills- water, fire, air, and earth bending. I decided to tweak them up in relation to guys and women. An avatar should be a master of all the elements, so even the man below should know all these skills so as to avoid "issues" with women.

Fire bending: resisting a girl when she wants to be more than a friend. This is a skill every avatar needs. What happens when a beautiful lady shows up and wants more than friendship when you are not into it. Man she is slap and you know, everyday it's becoming harder to resist! Either she does not share your spiritual beliefs, or you already have a girl or she has a guy; she is very appealing but you're not supposed to. This is what is called fire bending.

Water bending: resisting the urge to become emotional (cry) when she is seriously weeping in front of you. Ladies have this trick. When they want you to hold them or you know, be sweet to them, they may cry. And what do you do , how do you respond? A strong man must be able to water bend. Keep your tears in check, okay? Every avatar must be able to do this.

Earth bending: fleeing when she wants to take your shirt off for you!! This is one of the most useful skills the avatar needs. Some women, may get electric and want a piece of you. This could happen by mere conflagration of adrenaline, and desire or it could have built over time. When she successfully gets you alone, this is the lifesaver for you. Earth bending, run away. If she remains with your shirt, no problem.

Air bending: cutting a long conversation short when you know it is leading bad places. Ever been asked questions you do not want to be asked. You know they are necessary but your response will lead to all but a desired end? This is where you need air bending. Divert the conversation. Avoid the questions, talk about the weather. You will need this for your triumph as an avatar in a man's world of unwanted female relations!

So learn all these skills and you and women will be like yin and yang without ever meeting.

Much love and God bless.

I am not Shakespeare

Can a sword kill with bullets?
Or a gun cut with its edges?
Can an axe plough a garden?
Or a hoe cut down a tree?

Can the moon wake up the world,
Shine so bright that sleeping birds come alive?
Can it cover the skies with such brightness
That engenders play of kids?

Can the sun soothe men?
Endear them to the bed of sleep?
Can it sing with owl and cricket,
And hide the tears of the meadow?

Can the ox gallop across a field?
Run with the wind in speed and haste?
Can it dash in urgent manner?
Carrier of impatient master on its back?

Can the horse delay in its pace unless in playful sport?
Yoked with ploughs to farm a garden,
Can it in patience drag to and from the distance-
Its strong feet put to miserly waste?

How then can I do a similar thing-
Abandon myself to become somebody else-
Unsatisfied by my progress
Or envious of others?

Shall I try to cut with a gun
Or shoot with a sword?
Shall I gallop upon an ox
Or cause a horse to plough?

Shall I neglect the gift within me-
The hand of the potter upon me?
Shall I avoid the work allotted to me
To gain the reward of another's due labour?

Let me be myself then
Embrace the God given destiny for me.
Lord your work itches in my hands,
So let me get the paper and pen.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

He is

More on Judges 6:12

Jdg 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.

In every way, for us to be successful, healthy, wise, rich, victorious etc, for us to realise our full potential, that is, to fulfill God's destiny for us- we must know God precedes us. Before our successes, God is. Before our might, God is. Therefore, when the angel of the LORD spoke to Gideon, he first declared that God was then proclaimed Gideon's true identity- a might man of valour.

Many of us may not know God's plan, destiny for us. In fact, we may be beating out wheat in a wine press; hiding our treasures from the enemy without knowing what little that treasure is in comparison to God's plan for us. Here was Gideon in the wine press beating out wheat to hide it from the Midianites, yet God saw him as a mighty man who would oust the Midianites.

Even if this was so, it would never come to pass until Gideon understood that God was with Him. God precedes our true identity. So the angel said first that the LORD was with Gideon. Then he went on to tell Gideon who God saw him as. We must believe that God is so that we can see who we really are. The angel said " The LORD is with you, you might man of valour." not "You mighty man of valour, the LORD is with you." He must receive His glory before we receive our praise.

This verse used to get me very excited by the fact that God saw me (Gideon) as a mighty man of valour despite my weakness. Yet I discovered more in the verse. I discovered God is. Gideon would have continued beating wheat in the wine press if not God.

Thank God He is, for then I am.Since He is, I am the mighty man of valour.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

With you

Judges 6:12
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him "The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valour."

It is one thing to be mighty and the LORD not being with you; and another thing to have the LORD with you when you're not mighty. The latter will always succeed over the former.

When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, the first thing He said was " the LORD is with you". He proclaimed God's presence in Gideon's life before even prophesying over him.

The presence of the LORD in our lives is so important because without Him, we can do nothing. More so, the knowledge of His presence in our lives. God can be an very-present help in time of need but it will produce more results if you actually know that He is. Ignorance of the fact can produce statements like " Why me Lord? Why I am going through this? Where are you?"

When we are aware of God's presence in our lives, sorting out the nitty gritty, we are bound to be more confident, have more hope and certainty in time of need. So here the angel first proclaims the LORD'S presence then goes on to tell Gideon who He is in the LORD'S eyes.

Jesus Christ is with us. Emmanuel. He is our very present help in time of need. We can look to Him when we are met with fear, sorrow and impossibilities. He is the bronze serpent. When we realise He is in our midst and focus on Him, while others die because of snake bites- the anxieties, problems of life, we live because we focus on Him. And by doing that He saves us.

So today, more than ever,the first thing you need to know, to realise, to be aware of, to be conscious about, is that the LORD is with you-you the individual. This should help you focus and overcome. You have Him all the time. And He is with you, in His fullness.