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Busyness As Usual?
Written by Conrade Yap   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:21

This is a condensed version of the original, published at Yapdates.blogspot.com

 

I am starting a series which I call the "Anti-Busyness Campaign." I have not decided how many articles as yet. This will be the first which talks about work.


Here I am again, talking about one of my favourite things to bash. It is the face of busyness. Signs can be intriguing. Sometimes, while construction is going on within part of a shop, the owners will put a prominent sign to tell customers that they are still in business. In other words, despite the ongoing construction, business will be as usual. I want to contend that no matter how we look at the word 'busyness,' it is not the normal state for the human being. In other words, man is not created to be busy 7 days a week.


Busyness As Usual?

We live a busy lifestyle. One major factor is survival related. We have bills to be paid. Without a job, one can ill-afford the monthly mortgage for the house, the preferred car or the dream vacation to an exotic destination. We push ourselves to meet the quarterly targets, and to reap our financial rewards. We push ourselves to meet deadlines, and to accomplish an important milestone for a significant business project. We push ourselves to get things done, to stay ahead of the competition that threatens to eat our lunch. We become pushy people. We push the authorities. We push for our voices to be heard. We push others. We push ourselves. Busyness is a continued state of pushing without pausing.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 16 April 2010 17:42
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When We Feel Discouraged
Written by Conrade Yap   
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:07

Title: WHEN WE FEEL DISCOURAGED

Date: 27 July 2010
Written by: Conrade Yap

[This article is first published at Yapdates here. ]


MAIN IDEA: A reflection of David's exhortation to his son, Solomon prior to the building of the greatest project in Jewish history: Building the Temple of the LORD. Remember the 7Ps when we are feeling discouraged.

 

"All this," David said, "I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan." David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command." (1 Chronicles 28:19-21)

 

The work is immense. The task is colossal. How can one mortal person build a gigantic temple to the Eternal God? I suppose Solomon, the son of King David could have been discouraged when he saw the huge project before him. Who would not? Moreover, in the mind of Solomon, it is a job that God spoke directly to David. Should not his father do the job himself? Why involve the next generation? After all, Solomon could have enjoyed his life in luxury (which he did), marry beautiful women (which he did), display wise knowledge and judgment (which he did), and bask in the riches of kingly benefits (which he did!). Named the wisest man in history, Solomon is not immune to discouragement. His father David is aware that even the wisest person on earth can at times be discouraged.

This passage teaches me the importance of learning to look up when we are down. Let me share 7 tips to consider whenever we feel discouraged. Let me call it the 7 P’s to tackle any discouragement.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:09
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Appreciating Your Pastor/Elder/Leader
Written by Conrade Yap   
Friday, 01 October 2010 16:37

Title: Appreciating Your Pastor/Elder/Leader
Written by: Conrade Yap
Date: 1 Oct 2010

For many Church sectors, October is "Clergy Appreciation Month." During this time, individual church members and friends are encouraged to do something to show their appreciation to those who have been serving them faithfully in ministering to them, especially those in the ministry of preaching and teaching. The rationale is based on Paul's exhortation to Timothy.

 

"The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching." (1 Tim 5:17)

 

How can you participate? Here are some tips which you can consider doing.

 

1) Write them a card or send them an email of encouragement.
2) Bake them something. Keep it simple.
3) Volunteer yourself for some ministry opportunity;
4) Pray for them, and let them know that you are praying for them.
5) Buy them coffee
6) Reduce your criticism
7) Do not gossip or say negative things about them behind their back;
8) Tell them you appreciate them by giving them a warm hug.

 

 

Most importantly, when your heart is willing, you will surely discover creative ways to appreciate the clergy in your churches.

 

conrade

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