Our Lives & Our Passions

I have not written a blog post in months! Possibly because I have been busy or perhaps procrastination had more to do with it. Oh well. This morning I read in the news about Pakistan’s Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was shot dead in Islamabad. Mr Bhatti was assassinated for his fight for a reform to blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

This news saddened me greatly firstly because he is human like every one of us who has been killed unjustly and also because I had heard him at a conference about 3 years ago. It was clear he was passionate about his cause and was willing to give his life for it. We all as well as himself knew he would some day. However we did not know when. I definitely hoped it would not be so soon.

This event got me thinking about 2 things:

Could this have been avoided? From the BBC News report, “he had complained about not being given extra protection in spite of the obvious threats he faced”. How come he was not adequately protected? Then I wondered about him and those around him – were they praying for his safety and wellbeing knowing the dangers he faced daily? When can you say you have prayed enough anyway? I know that God answers prayers and it is by His grace that we live on. Perhaps his death is all in the plan…I only know in part but I prefer people alive and fighting on rather than as martyrs. This is my preference, God knows best. Just some of the questions I had racing through my mind.

Secondly I asked myself “are you so passionate about anything, enough to be willing to give your life for it?” I believe this is passion in its highest form. Should we even develop and embrace this sort of passion? Christ was passionate about people. His love for man cost Him His life.

Where is my passion? Where is yours? I believe passion defines us and adds colour to our lives. It gives us something to live and if possible die for. This may sound somewhat morbid but the truth is this: passion births results. Every dream, value, goal and cause requires zeal, seriousness, focus and some form of sacrifice. Without these, they will eventually die. I believe Mr Bhatti was dead (in the sense of it) before he was actually killed. I doubt he would have continued in his fight had he not resolved to lay fear, doubt, complacency and the other things that usually keep us from moving toward our desired goals and expectations. In his own words (I paraphrase), he was ready to die for his cause – for the lives of minority faiths in his country.

I am not saying that whatever you believe in would cost you your life, rather that whatever you believe in or are aiming for, be passionate about it. Fight for it, run with zeal, encourage yourself, be courageous then watch the sown seeds of desire, watered by your hard-work sprout, grow and birth fruit.

I pray that God will provide comfort for the family and friends of Mr Bhatti. I hope this would bring about the change he gave his life for. May the Prince of peace dwell in all of our hearts.

Be passionate x


Change is here

So on May 6th we made our choices and whilst we await the outcome of discussions between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, it appears we are going to have a new government. During the election campaign David Cameron said his party (The Conservative Party) is best placed to lead Britain to recovery. He said a Conservative Government will get the economy moving, mend our broken society and fix our political system. Their ‘contract’ in a nutshell is as follows:

  1. Act now on debt to get the economy moving
  2. Get Britain working by boosting enterprise
  3. Make Britain the most family-friendly country in Europe
  4. Back The NHS
  5. Raise Standards at school
  6. Change politics

According to David Cameron, “If you want change that is certain, change that works, change that can deliver, change you can be sure of, vote conservatives.” It appears to me that the issues we are not happy about the Conservatives are looking to deal with. So change is coming but why are we nervous? Perhaps we do not like change? Or is it the case of ‘The devil you know is better than the angel we do not know’? I feel I am more concerned about politicians making promises that they end up not fulfilling.

David Cameron also said we should kick them out if they fail. But who wants to waste five years of their lives. There is no way to measure how much damage 5 years can do. At the same time, there is so much that 5 years of good can bring.

Whilst I cannot completely lean or rely on a man or trust that this new government will definitely “deliver”, I know Someone who always meets up – The Almighty and Able El-Shaddai. He is the only Faithful and able One. He has an unbroken track record of fulfilling promises. Through history to this present time, His “yes” has definitely been yes. He promised Abraham that he would bear a son with his aged wife Sarah and he did; He promised to send a deliverer to Israel whilst under slavery in Egypt and He sent Moses. He said they would roam the wilderness for 40 years for their disobedience and they did. Then He said He would grant them victory over nations so they could inherit Canaan and He did. After a while, they were taken into captivity in Babylon. The Lord told them, that after 70 years, He would set them free and He did. Whilst David was king, He said there would always be one of his descendants on the throne of Israel and He kept His word even when the nation was divided. Today, the Messiah – a descendant of David is the King of the Jews. He promised to send us a Deliverer and He sent Jesus Christ His Son. He promised to send the Holy Spirit and He did on the day of Pentecost. Jesus also promised to return and soon, He will.

Nothing happens without God’s knowledge. So I want to look at this change as coming from Him. Perhaps we are about to see the answers to the prayers we have been saying for this nation. For example, we will have disciplined pupils at school again and our nation will once again honour marriages and families just as God does.

Perhaps we are where we are today because we have thrown away basic principles such as hard work, honour and integrity which go a long way to give and maintain success. I have always been on Labour’s side but I think I am beginning to appreciate this new government. Truth is I never took time to actually find out what they stand for.

Whilst I hope and pray that the new government would move us forward, I am aware of the fact that the Leader I truly need to lean on completely is God. He’s made promises and given His word and there is no doubt that He would keep it. I also feel that at this time, it is worthwhile to remind myself of some of these promises such as:

A home for all: “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you” – John 14:2

Dominion and Power: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind whatever on earth will be bound in heaven, and you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 | “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:17-18

Genuine Happiness: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, no sorrow nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelations 21:4

Enjoyable Life: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” John 10:10

Nourishment: “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” John 6:27 “He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” John 6:35.

Peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” – John 14:27

Progress: “If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” John 15:5b

Rest: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” – Matt11:28

Security: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” John 10:28

Unending Companionship: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelations 21:3

Victory over the world: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John16:33

Whatever else you want/need: “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” John 16:23

I believe in the new government because I believe that all things work together for good for those that love God. God loves this nation and I’m sure the new government means well. So what happens if the new government fails to bring changed? God’s promises still stand. He is steadfast, unshaken and immovable so If we stand with Him, the same will be true for us. His promises come with a “yes and amen” stamp.

Change is finally here xx