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WHO IS WATCHING YOU?

WHO IS WATCHING YOU?

This question of ‘who is watching you?’ came to mind from a conversation I had with a neighbour I had never met. I do tend to run several days a week and I do that in the cyclo-park which is close to my home. In running daily, apparently some of my neighbours have noticed me and have been commenting about me or my running pattern.

Over time I have had positive comments from my immediate neighbours and that was accepted as the complement it was. Also, the observation of my immediate neighbours didn’t seem out of place as they might catch me going out and coming in daily due to the closeness of our homes.

This comment however came from a neighbour who is beyond 6 doors away and I had never seen her before. She caught me coming to the end of my run and came up to me saying ‘I just wanted to let you know that I do admire you. You challenge and inspire me by your dedication, commitment, and the result I can see. Thank you!’

Her comment took me aback because, firstly, I had never seen her before and secondly, I was just doing my thing and living my life; not conscious of anyone watching or being inspired by me. I thanked her and told her I look forward to seeing more of her soon. (I plan to invite my neighbours to tea soon and she will surely get an invite)

AND ANOTHER…

As I was thinking about this event, I remember walking up to a builder few doors away. I went  to ask if he will be happy to do some work in our home. Just before we went further in the discussion, he asked which house. To which I pointed to mine, and he said; ‘Oh the vicar’s house…is he your father?’ I laughed and said YES it’s the vicars house. But NO he’s not my father but husband (of course Eddie hasn’t heard the last of that).

The builder said he was told by someone on the street that a vicar lived on the street and that made them happy! He however assumed a vicar must be an old man. Well, we never told anyone Eddie was a vicar nor that we are Christians – apart from our immediate neighbours whom we converse with regularly. We are however being watched and the neighbours know. I can also boldly say, the same goes for your neighbours and colleagues.

These incidences reminded me of the scripture that says

‘You yourselves are our epistles, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.’ 2 Corinthians 3:2 (read the beautiful NLT version here)

So, though you and I just do our thing daily and attempt to live our lives quietly, people are watching as well as reading us. The question therefore is, what have they deduced of Christ by watching your life?

I pray for us all that we will represent the gospel well because someone is always watching us!

God is on your side.

PS: Read my older blog post on The wait is almost over here

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THE TALE OF TWO PLANTS!

THE TALE OF TWO PLANTS!

I was looking outside my window when I noticed two sets of plants which were in the same land space but had two totally different outlooks. As I looked at them, I thought, the tale of two plants!

One of the plants in focus is a tree that looked brown and completely bare of leaves. It has a great space for it to grow and become all it ever wants to. However in this season, it was brown and bare of leaves. Yet there is the other plant that is part of the hedge of the same front garden. It is green and fresh looking. Same location and provision but different outcome or outlook.

As I looked at these two plants, I started asking myself why one plant was green and fresh while the other was dry and bare. One tree was responding to the season while the other was green all year round. I noticed that the green one was planted closely to the other plants that made up the hedge. They were in a cluster and that seemed to have made a difference to the outlook of the plant.

I felt the Holy Spirit minister to my spirit about the difference between a believers. One that is planted by the rivers and is part of a cluster versus the one that chooses to always be on their own. The lone ranger tends to be the plant that suffers the most. This is equally the same for a believer that chooses to stay away from fellowship and or our Father the source of freshness. The more they do that, the higher their likelihood of drying up and running into trouble.

THE WORD

The word of God says

‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked. Stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord. He meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever they do prospers.’ Psalm 1:1-3. (Check out the NET here)

Once more this scripture reminds us that the productivity and freshness of a plant is dependent on how close they are to the source of life. With that being the case, I will implore you to stay close to our God and to one another because there is the year-round freshness promised.

Many give the excuse of the seasonal change for whatever they are experiencing. God however does not want our lives to be going up and down like a yoyo; He has made provisions for us to have His life and have it more abundantly.

Stay rooted in Him and stay closer in fellowship in the house of the Lord. You can never go wrong doing these things. So, stay fresh and fruitful even in autumn!

God is on your side!

PS: Catch up with older blog posts here