J. Peter Daniel
“Every action there will be an opposite (re)action” – familiar statement used by us frequently to justify our action. One action will never revert. But it will give more positive impact (effect). In addition, the starting point of such an effect will become evident after the effect has been ignited. This is known as ripple effect. For instance, if you throw a stone on a pool then the water creates a small circle and later on it will become big and reach to the edge of the water. .
In line with, the believers have to live a life of ripple effect rather than be a reacting Christian.
1. Cast your bread Upon the waters (Eccl. 11:1)
The world is moving fast into downward spiral. Economic recession is an evident that people suffer without a job and a home. The environment catastrophe is another area where scientists are predicting the end of earth’s life. The end is eminent. At this juncture, the first part of verse is requesting us to cast God’s word to this world.
The second part of the verse clearly mentions that the reward of what we are doing is not seen but it will be visible in near future. For instance, the job satisfaction relies on getting reward after toiling for long hours. But in God’s work, there is no way of getting the reward immediately. Many people will get disappointed by doing God’s work. The reason for the delay reward is that the ripple effect of preaching the Gospel will take long time to bear fruits in individual life. Paul says that bearing fruit is equivalent to child labour.
As a believer, we have to preach the Gospel without seeking immediate returns.
2. Evident of Ripple Effect:
One man can make an impact on others life by giving the Gospel to him. The person who received the Gospel in turn spread the Gospel to others. Similarly, it will happen till the end of the earth. For that purpose, God has commanded us to preach Gospel and also make disciples.
Paul preached the Gospel to Timothy, Timothy to reliable men and it spreads to others (2 Tim 2:2).
Let us pass on God’s message and influence them to take up the God’s message and preach to others. Let us pray that each believer has to make a ripple effect around the world. These ripple effects surely bring the whole world to Christ.
J. Peter Daniel
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‘Most Indian kids under online sex, violence threat’
New Delhi Seven out of 10 Indian kids have been exposed to nudity and violence, or have been asked by a stranger to meet them in person when they are online, security software-maker Symantec said.
According to Symantec’s Norton Online Family Report 2010, 77 per cent of Indian kids have experienced some ‘negative’ situation online, while only half of the Indian parents interviewed thought their children had such an experience.
For example, only 24 per cent of the parents interviewed thought it was possible for a stranger to try to add their child as a friend on a social networking site, but 55 per cent of the children surveyed said it has happened to them.
“This report provides a glimpse into the online lives of children and how tuned in parents are to their online activities,” Symantec Consumer Business Head Asia Effendy Ibrahim said.
The third edition of the report, which is part of a global survey of 2,800 children and more than 7,000 adults across 14 countries, examined the actual online experiences of kids compared to their parents’ perception.
Though parents have an idea of the amount of time their children spend online, only 45 per cent of parents realise their kids are having negative experiences, the study said.
“While parents are generally aware of the kid’s activities online, they underestimate the extent to which kids download music and videos. During the process, kids may be exposed to inappropriate content and may be encouraged to disclose personal details,” Symantec Country Sales Manager (India) (Consumer Products and Solutions) Gaurav Kanwal said.
These negative online experiences result in an emotional impact as well. While 41 per cent of the children surveyed felt angry, 40 per cent said they were upset by the experience and 35 per cent said they were afraid.
“Along with a variety of emotions like being scared or angry, we have also met kids who feel personally responsible for these negative experiences, especially downloading a virus or being scammed,” Ibrahim said.
Kids, however, now find it easier to talk to parents about their online activities.
“In addition to relying on their parents if something bad happened online, nearly nine in 10 report they follow family rules for Internet use,” Ibrahim said.
Symantec suggests that parents undertake an open discussion with their children and set rules for Internet usage.
“These days, a lot of softwares are available that allow parents to keep a tab on the activities of the kids online.
However, it is important to discuss it with them rather than forcing them,” Kanwal said.
Woman falls for SMS offer, loses Rs. 57 lakh
CHENNAI: A woman who responded to an SMS was relieved of Rs.57 lakh by a gang that operated from India and abroad.
The 52-year-old graduate of Mylapore, who was promised a huge prize money as part of the ‘World Cup Promotion Draw,’ deposited the money in different bank accounts over a period of one month, starting third week of May. After realising the fraud, she lodged a complaint with the police.
According to police sources, the woman received an SMS in May second week, stating that she had won a cash prize worth a few crores of Indian currency. She responded to the email account that was mentioned in the SMS.
Days later, the complainant received an email in which the accused persons said the money would be delivered in India after obtaining necessary clearance from different agencies, including the United Nations and the Reserve Bank of India. They communicated the movement of the person bringing the cash box and asked her to deposit her money in various bank accounts for obtaining clearance from the immigration and customs authorities. A majority of the accounts into which the woman deposited money, ranging between Rs. 87,000 to Rs. 7.5 lakh, were opened in ICICI Bank. When there was no trace of the prize money even after depositing Rs.57 lakh, the victim lodged a complaint with Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran last week who directed the Central Crime Branch to form a special team and investigate the case.
“A major portion of the money was deposited in the accounts of Zulfikar Zariar, Javed Khan and Imran Zari. We have written to ICICI Bank to share the details of these account holders. The money was drawn from ATMs across the country, including New Delhi and Mumbai. Video footage recorded by cameras in ATM machines could provide a clue to the identity of the suspects,” an investigator told The Hindu.
“One of the accounts from which emails were sent was email@example.com. When contacted, Yahoo asked us to get in touch with law-enforcing agencies in the United States to get the user details,” he said. Police suspect that the accused used fictitious names and documents to open bank accounts.