The last move
The international evangelist, Tony Anthony, recounts the legend of Friedrich Moritz August Retzsch’s painting Die Schachspieler (The Chess Players) often known today as Checkmate. In the painting, two chess players sit at a chess board. One is the devil, very confident, and the other, an ordinary man who looks quite anxious. The winner’s prize? The […]
Dancing and free!
Sometimes I wonder why God still wants to have anything to do with me. Really. I feel I simply don’t make it. I pull in the wrong direction too often. I often fail the keep calm test. I’m more lukewarm than hot. I often do wat I know I shouldn’t do. Then I wonder why […]
Finding peace in what you have
Nataniël has a way of putting things. He said this about gratitude: “Get a dog and call him ‘Thank you’. Every time you call him will remind you how grateful you need to be for everything you have and everything you receive undeservedly, by grace.” 8 … if we have bread on the table and […]
Because God loves me …
God’s idea is that we should walk through life filled with joy. We shouldn’t walk around with long faces. That is not how God meant it to be. But we struggle. We struggle to find our joy in all the hardship. We struggle to make Paul’s command part of our lives: 16Be cheerful no matter […]
Where have our joy gone?
We are emotional beings. God made us that way. That is why we are so easily influenced emotionally by our circumstances. It is difficult for me to be joyful when someone close to me is in pain. I can’t laugh when I know my friend is hurting. I feel depressed when my cash flow looks […]
Is it possible to laugh in all circumstances?
When you make a choice for God, his Spirit moves in, bringing about a major change in your life of which joy probably is the most significant. That is what Paul said about the new Christians in Thessalonica: 6Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit! […]
Rocks, thunder clouds and joy
Philippians 4:1-9 My daughter read her composition to me. I was astounded by her wisdom and realized that she had already experienced the hard side of life too. Life out there is not easy: The longest journey that we as humans will have to face on earth is our life journey. Life is a journey […]
Philippians 4:1-9 There’s a hymn, Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, and the chorus goes like this: Rejoice! rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord and rejoice, Rejoice! rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord and rejoice. The Message translation of the Bible puts it like this: 4 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in […]
Laugh as you struggle
Philippians 3:1-3 1And that’s about it, friends. Be glad in God! A friend complained to me about things going wrong: 20% of his labour force simply not pitching up for work; an expensive machine that worked for 15 minutes before a pump broke down; three clients phoning up very upset about having to wait for […]
Where to find real joy
Philippians 2:12-17 When and why do you find real joy? Often in my life I find my joy going up and down. If the holiday time is fast approaching, or even just the weekend, I feel good, but as soon as it starts coming to an end, I don’t feel that good anymore. As if […]