Adding Value And Making A Difference In People’s Lives

I love my own space when I travel especially on long-haul flights, actually on any flight. The main reason for this is my pretty hectic schedule. The moment I board the plane I am already exhausted, need my own space to rest, sleep, zone out and enjoy the flight.On 25th of October, my wife (Colleen) and I boarded a flight from Bali, Indonesia to Singapore. I followed my routine by getting comfortable on my seat - blanket over my legs, my head on the headrest and pillow on my lap. It wasn't long, after takeoff, I dropped off peacefully. No, not from alcohol, but from few hours’ sleep I had during the conference due to late nights and early mornings. After about 30-minute power nap, I was wide awake, ready to enjoy the great on-board cuisine of Singapore Airlines.  As we were about to eat, I noticed the lady on my left bow her head and pray.  I turned to Colleen and said "I think she is a Christian" then wondered if she attended our conference.  I didn't recognise her from the conference of over 300 delegates from the nations of Asia and Oceania.  I turned to her and asked...

Being a very practical person when reading and trying to understand the spiritual truths in the Bible, the following two passages of scripture have become very real, powerful and profound in practical application.   Matthew 22:37-39Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’Matthew 20:28"...

I started this blog yesterday and entitled it with "You can make a difference". Then got caught in meetings for the rest of the day.  It so happened that what I wanted to write about, I had it experienced that gives this blog much more meaning and impact.If we continue to expose ourselves to events of the world, it can be quite disheartening and somewhat morbid.  Read about what's happening in Egypt, floods in China, school children dying in India because of food poisoning, people being murdered in Syria, North Korea demanding that their ship be released etc.  If we subject ourselves daily to these, it does affects us. Sometimes the effects can be felt in our lives.  Sometimes it manifests as fear, depression and it can immobilise us that we withdraw into our own cave for safety. But this blog is about 'you can make a difference'.  No matter who you are, you can make a difference. If you are alive today, you can make a difference. If you are breathing, you can make a difference.  It's a choice we make "daily" to make a positive difference in people's lives - by adding value, moving people forward and by...

It is time that we start enJOYing God in every aspect of our lives.  I ministered a two-part series on enJOYing God at Every Nation Christchurch.  Sit back with a coffee or tea, relax and enjoy this two-part series and enJOY God.Click on the following link:  enJOYing God - Series 1Click on the following link:  enJOYing God - Series 2...

On Sunday 19th of  May, I ministered a message entitled "All Weather - The Storms of Life" at Victory Greenhills, Manila Philippines.Watch video message on "Storms of Life" Little did I know that the next day a devastating tornado ripped through Moore Oklahoma that totally devastated anything and everything that was in its path.  Death toll is 24 and that includes 9 or 10 children.My message on Storms of Life suddenly became a reality in a powerful way. The community of Moore suffered greatly.  Loss of life, loss of their homes plus the memory of sounds, screams, the tornado and the visual sights after this catastrophic event.  What amazes and concerns me, when well-meaning people in their limited or finite understanding, try and interpret these natural disasters.  I met someone this week and after I mentioned what happened in Moore Oklahoma, the first words to pass his lips to impact my ears were the following, "This is the wrath of God".  His words stunned me and took me a while to recover and get my facilities to function again. After that brief moment which seemed like eternity, I felt that no person can pass such judgment on a community in that...

I praise God for the ministry opportunities He has entrusted to me, to share the love and the word of God with amazing people in Manila, Philippines.  The topic we have ministered on, is a series called Unpopular.  Its about leadership.  Everyone wants to be a leader, but very few people are prepared to pay the price for leadership.  The main reason for this is that the natural and sinful bent of mankind is about self and the key words are 'me', 'myself' and 'I'.  BUT, servant leadership is so different, because the focus is on others and not on you.  It's about serving others in there calling, destiny and purpose.  It's about making our homes, communities, towns, cities and nations a better place.  Jesus modeled servant leadership when He walked and lived here on earth. He made such a difference in people's lives.    He only lived for 33 years of which 3 years was devoted to ministry and that today,  there are over 3 billion people around the world that follow His teachings.   That is truly amazing.   In my opinion, Jesus is the most influential leader that ever lived.As a leader, Jesus had so many powerful...

One of the tensions and the way I live my life, is the choice I make on a daily basis how I live my life.  Should I do it 'God's' way or should I do it 'my' way.  Listen to podcast:Your Way, My Way There are so many facets of life that influence and condition us to think or behave in a particular way. These conditionings influence our decision making process and thus has an impact on our behaviour and the outworking of these actions. We are subjected to some of these or all of these conditionings depending on what we have been exposed to. Here are a few...

I love my Tuesday mornings because this is my time to blog. On my way to the office this morning, the following words kept ringing in my ears "The Show Must Go On."  I googled this phrase and didn't realize that it is a title of a song sung by the band Queen and is the final track on their album Innuendo in 1991. But I will not be writing about this song or this band.The Show Must Go OnNo matter who you are...

One of the television programmes I love to watch is American Idol.  Last Friday's performance by Angie Miller, who is 18 years of age blew me away.  I have included the link below so that you can enjoy her rendition of Beyonce song entitled "I was here". Angie Miller "I was here"                                                             I Was Here                                     I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time  Know there was something that, and something that I left behindWhen I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets, toLeave something to remember, so they won't forgetI was hereI lived, I lovedI was hereI did, I've done, everything that I wantedAnd it was more than I thought it would beI will leave my mark so everyone will knowI was here.I want to say I lived each day, until I dieAnd know that I meant something in, somebody's lifeThe hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leaveThat I made a difference, and this world will see. This young 18-year old singer from Beverly USA, sang this with such passion and purpose that I believed every word she sang. Her inner conviction was displayed in her outward expression as she delivered this song...