True shining stars

Happy Father's day..

The greatest gift I ever had come from God; I call him dad. Unknown 

One father is more than a hundred school masters – George Herbert 

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. Clarence Budington Kelland 

The word ‘father’ holds everything to a child; you’re obliged to safeguard his/her trust. Even though there aren’t any accolades for fathers, their affable and gracious presence are so precious than any other presents. They’re the true shinning stars!  Their teachings are pearl of wisdom to their children. 

Even though darn strict, I always enjoyed my father’s presence – be it his advice, sarcastic jokes or at times punishment – the time I got to spent with him and be around him were all still special to me. Even better time was my short time with my grandpa! The most precious memory I have is my granddad’s last blessings to his only granddaughter  before his passing. Even though I was away at the time, he waited until I reached home to hold me and bless me. Imagine the scene where people and priests are waiting to bid goodbye and my grandpa still holding on his hope to see me for one last time. I was just two years at the time. Even though the scenario was such tensed at the time, I’m thankful for his last minute effort to bless me! Then he closed his eyes and went to be with the Lord! The blessed and cherished  memory  that’s just mine!

Now as for my kids, they adore their dad. His presence is simply a joyful and peaceful paradise for them. That made me conclude that; it doesn’t matter who you are in this world, what matters is what you are in front of your children. These small beings are looking up to you way more than their mothers since you possess something divine by nature. You are the strong root that holds the entire family with the unconditional love, integrity and trust.

Get them talk proudly about you to others, come home with an open and blameless heart. As it says in the Bible, Train up a child in the way which he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.  And that’s the greatest joy and accomplishment in life!

Since that’s the scenario, spring out and continue being a shining star by doing simple yet priceless tasks in the family. Pay close attention to every small and big things your kids do with encouraging words and motivate them whilst you nurture, care and protect them against insidious pleasures and fake identities out there.

Life is darn short and fragile, yet more prone to clutter our hearts with failures, disappointments, frustrations and confusions that often tend us totally oblivious to the bright side of life. But, life matters!

Let me retire by wishing all the fathers who run life’s race, have their lives filled with abundance of fun and healthy relationship with their children and lead an interesting and pleasant life to shine through as a father… Let the Heaven pour lots of blessings on you!

Happy Father’s Day!!

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The Ant and the Contact Lens

This is a true story…worth spending a few minutes. And we ask this question daily – I know we can all relate!

tn-1Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens.

‘Great’, she thought. ‘Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.’ She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn’t there.

She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she might find her contact lens. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse ‘The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.’

She thought, ‘Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.’

Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, ‘Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?’

tn-2Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn’t end there. Brenda’s father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, ‘Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.’

I think it would do all of us some good to say, ‘God, I don’t know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will.’

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Yes, I do love GOD. He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him…I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)