Winner or Loser
J. Peter Daniel
The trend of the younger generation is to have victory in all the fields. They are not able to accept the word ‘failure’ or ‘defeat’ or ‘loser’. This has been clearly indicated in the cricket scenario. The cricketers will be praised when they win. But they will be ruined when they fail to win. The failure is a bitter pill that will take long time to digest it.
As a Christian believer, it should not take longer time to digest it. If it is so, then first, it will raise a lot of doubts about God, besides anger against God and starts to blame ourselves and finally it ends up in depression. For instance, my family has prayed for my driving license everyday. The younger one has prayed everyday in family prayer. Test date has come. I failed on the test. I have to reappear again after two month. I informed to my wife about the failure. She took it at the right sense. After some time, I received SMS from my wife’s phone stating that I am a loser with crying smiley. I was angry with the message and answered it that the failure is not final. I went home and found that my elder daughter has sent the message to me. I talked with her for 10 minutes about what made her to send the message. She told that God is not answering our prayer. I explained her that God will provide everything according to His will not by our own desire. Later on, I understand that God has allowed the failure to teach my daughter about the Great truth of God’s way of answering our prayer. Ultimately, I am a winner even though I failed in the driving test.
In Bible, we are seeing that failures are a way for teaching the people to use them for God’s future ministry. Moses drove away to wilderness after murdering Egyptians. God trained him for forty yeas wilderness life that has helped him to lead the people in wilderness for forty years. There were ups and downs in David’s life. He was chased for 40 years by Saul, after God anointed him as a king. This experience has given him a support when he fled from his palace due to Absalom. He learnt how to be in high position and also abased when the situation called for. Joseph was in wilderness and Potiphar’s house. He learnt the life as a slave as well as to manage Potiphar’s house that has made him to manage the food grains for whole country.
We have to understand that God allowed certain things in our life that will be painful in the beginning stage but it will be good to us as well as to others in a long run. (Rom. 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”).
Let us consider failure as a stepping stone of our spiritual growth. So, we move forward with a hope of growing in to perfection.
J. Peter Daniel
Glocal youth vision
Kingdom of Bahrain
(For the Work Place)
The Lord is my real boss, and I shall not want.
He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.
He gently reminds me to pray and do all things without
murmuring and complaining.
He reminds me that He is my source and not my job.
He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions
that I might honor Him in all that I do.
Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mails, system
crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping
co-workers, discriminating supervisors and an aging body
that doesn’t cooperate every morning, I still will not stop—
for He is with me! His presence, His peace, and His power
will see me through.
He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me.
He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens
to let me go. His Faithfulness and love is better than any bonus check
His retirement plan beats any 401k there is!
When it’s all said and done, I’ll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for that, I BLESS HIS NAME!!!!!!
Are You Blessed?
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness……….you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…….you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace……. you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married……..you are very rare, even in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…..you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you prayed yesterday and today……..you are in the minority because you believe God does hear and answer prayers.
If you can read now, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
If you are still regretting over anything today, make yourself understand that you are blessed more than many people around you.
Try cheering them up in some way, you will be satisfied more with your life. Bless you.
China bans controversial electric-shock therapy for Internet addicts
Tue, Jul 14 06:05 PM
Beijing, July 14 (ANI): The Chinese Health Ministry has ordered a halt to the controversial electroshock therapy, which it was useing to treat teen Internet addicts. The ministry has said that the therapy, which was administered by a clinic in Linyi, Shandong province, is not safe. There is still a fierce debate over whether electroshock therapy was appropriate for young internet addicts or not. “We have no clue whether this freaky treatment has side-effects,” said Kong Lingzhong, editor of a domestic Internet addiction-themed portal.
The Shandong clinic stopped giving shock treatment to teenagers as soon as they received the Health Ministry’s notification, Yang Shuyun of the clinic said. She, however, emphasized that the program led by Dr. Yang Yongxin was not exclusively about electrotherapy, and said it had important medical and psychological elements too.
More than 3,000 young people were being tricked or forced into in to the four-month long course. To enroll their children, parents or guardians had to sign a contract acknowledging that they would be given electric shocks of up to 200 milliamperes. The treatment cost 6,000 yuan per month. Patients were considered “cured” or “reborn” once they admitted to their addiction. It was reported that shocks were given if patients broke any of the center’s 86 rules, which included prohibitions on eating chocolate, locking the bathroom door, taking pills before a meal, and sitting in Dr. Yang’s chair without permission.
Details of the treatment first became public when former patients wrote about their experiences online.
Internet addiction is a growing problem in China, which now has nearly 300 million Internet users, including many adolescents who spend several hours each day playing computer games. (ANI)
India can have over 300 new hypermalls by 2011: Study
Indian cities have the potential to have over 300 new hypermarkets by 2011, mostly in tier-I and tier-II cities, according to a joint study by global auditor KPMG and the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Assocham).
The study, Reinventing India’s Retail Sector, said, “Even in 2008, 212 towns had sufficient market potential for hypermarkets for break-even existence. It is a different matter that this potential is yet to be realised.”
Organised retail is growing at 20 per cent annually, and encouraging mall building, which would ultimately amount to the creation of hypermarket chains, it added.
According to Assocham president Sajjan Jindal, given the expected growth in income and consumption in the 25 leading cities, five or more hypermarkets are feasible in every city even in 2009.
“Going forward, in 2011, this number is anticipated to grow to 52 cities as a few tier-III towns will also gain the market potential to support five or more hypermarkets,” he said.
Jindal said after 2011, organised retail would grow at 15 per cent as enough competition will have emerged by then.
UK to crack down on ‘tantriks’, ‘babas’
LONDON: British authorities are cracking down on the many ‘tantriks’, ‘babas’ and psychics who prey on the fears and desires of the Asian community by promising them remedies, everlasting love and good fortune.
Most newspapers published in Indian languages here carry hundreds of advertisements from such individuals, promising ‘100 per cent guarantee’ of love and riches, or promising to cure cancer and lift curses. The soothsayers industry is said to be worth 40 million pounds every year.
Now, authorities in the east Midlands town of Leicester, better known as ‘Little India’, have announced a campaign against such ‘babas’ and ‘tantriks’, most of whom have origins in the Indian sub-continent.
Deputy mayor Manjula Sood said: “I have heard of people being asked for 500 pounds and more for prayers or talismans. They think a curse will be placed on them if they refuse.
One recently came to Leicester and took a room at a hotel where she charged clients 500 pounds for 10-minute sessions.”
Resham Singh Sandhu, chairman of the Sikh Welfare and Cultural Society, said the Sikh community was lobbying with newspapers to stop publishing advertisements from such people.