Prisoners of the Past
A Rear mirror is used to view a vehicle that is coming behind us. It is installed at center line of the vehicle near to the driver’s seat, second mirror on right hand side and third mirror on the left hand side. The driver has to glimpse the mirror to align his vehicle according to the need and press on towards his destination. Sometimes he has to adjust the vehicle by steering the wheel to left or right with the glance of the rear mirror.
The use of the rear mirror is minimal and for few moments. Some of the drivers glare on the rear mirror and forget to see the front view. It leads to an accidence and loss to the property of others. For instance, the driving school instructor has instructed one of the students to look both the rear mirror often to navigate the car according to the rear vehicle. He also mentioned to the student not to look only rear mirror but used it for few moments.
In believers life’s journey, many times we have been dwelled in past glorious experience, emotional hurts, bad experience which has curtailed us to see the future properly. In addition, the bad experience has become a focal point in our life. The past incidences have to be considered as a rear mirror to look and learn from the incidence.
Paul in his experience he has written a lot of principles related to looking forward and move forward in a Christian journey.
I. Press on:
Paul wrote in Phil. 3:4-9 as an accountant by providing loss and gain statement. He considered his experience, confidence in the flesh, status, religious knowledge, zeal for traditions etc. in the loss column and excellence of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, Knowing the power of His resurrection and fellowship of His suffering in the profit column. At last, Paul mentioned that he is putting all the loss behind of him and reaching forward to the profit of knowing Him.
In Jesus life also, He never mentioned about His miracle to any one or in His preaching. He kept His focus on saving the world from sin. Just like Jesus, we have to put behind past glory which we have done for the Lord, scars and experience behind and think about Him and move forward.
II. Press toward the upward call:
The road has a lot of humps and bumps that have to be crossed to reach the destination. It may blur our vision when we are travelling in bump or hump. But we have to press on towards the destination without turning back. In Phil 3:14 Paul asks us to focus on upward call of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His call is moving upward to Him.
Many of Christian believers are living without purpose even though they are born again. The life without purpose is just like tree with green leaves without fruits. As a believer, we ask God to give us a vision to move forward according to His call.
As we have entered into New Year, let us put behind all the sorrows, happiness, scars and press on to reach the destination with the help of His call and vision.
J. Peter Daniel
Glocal youth vision
Happy New Year 2010
93 pc of Brits to skip the church on Christmas
London, Dec 25 : A new survey has revealed that almost 93 per cent of Britons would be skipping the church on Christmas Day.
They would either be spending Christmas eating turkey, drinking champagne or opening presents – but will not attend the church.
The study by Opinion Matters only 11 per cent had the intention of attending Midnight Mass last night on Christmas Eve, while 86 per cent said they sent Christmas cards.
Daily Express columnist Ann Widdecombe told Express.co.uk: “If you”re not going to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day then why are you celebrating Christmas?”
“What does Christmas mean if you are not going to church?” she asked.
The survey also showed that a huge 87 per cent of 16-24-year-olds are opting out, compared with only 72 per cent of over 55s.
Widdecombe said political corre”Political correctness is surpressing Christianity. You can no longer say what you think because you be accused of offending other faiths,” she added.
Women are more likely to attend church over Christmas than men.
Only 11 per cent of men said they would spend the holy day there, compared with 14 per cent of women.
Rector Thomas Holme said low numbers of church attendance are down to secularisation.
“The country has become much more secular,” he said
“”When am I going to church?” is still very much down on the list of thoughts at Christmas.
“I am not encouraged by the future of the church and organised religion – it is in decline,” he added.
Giant spiral UFO over Norway baffles experts:
The appearance of a huge spiral of light over Norway yesterday morning has left experts stunned and bewildered as to its origins. Thousands of awe-struck Norwegians bombarded the Meteorological Institute with questions about the incredible light, which could be seen in the pre-dawn sky for hundreds of miles. Experts believe the space spectacle, which has been dubbed ‘Star-Gate’, is an entirely new astral phenomenon, though the world’s top scientists and the military have admitted they are baffled. Theories about the light being a misfired Russian missile, meteor fireball, never-before-seen type of northern light, ‘black hole’ and even alien activity were all proposed. Witnesses across Norway, who first glimpsed the space show at 8.45am, all described seeing a spinning ‘Catherine wheel-style’ spiral of white light, centred around a bright moon-like star. A blue “streaming tail” appeared to anchor the spiral to earth, before the light “exploded” into a rotating ring of white fire. The spiral spectacle, which lasted for two minutes, was seen by vast swathes of the Scandinavian country’s almost five million population, with sightings as far north as Finnmark to Trondelag in the south. Norway’s most celebrated astronomer, Knut Jorgen Roed Odegaard, said he had never seen anything like the spiral before. Chief Scientist Erik Tandberg, at the Norwegian Space Centre, said that he too was “totally amazed” by the spiral. He agreed with many other experts that a missile from Russia could have caused the spiral pattern, something the Russian military have strongly denied. Meanwhile, Nick Pope, former UFO analyst for the Ministry of Defence, added that the Norwegian sighting was a “real mystery”.
97,000 kids tested with AIDS from 2007-2009
The highest was in Andhra Pradesh with 22,559 children testing positive for the disease followed by 21,835 in Maharashtra and 15,082 in Tamil Nadu.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Trivedi said: “The government has taken several steps to protect children from HIV infection.
“Identification, counseling and prophylactic treatment to HIV positive pregnant women and new born babies, diagnosis of HIV positive children and spreading public awareness.”
‘Two persons die of TB in India every 3 minutes’
Wed, Dec 16 05:55 PM
Ranchi, Dec. 16 — Two persons die of tuberculosis (TB) in India every three minutes, and India is one of the 22 high TB burden countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) TB Report-2009, published recently.
This was informed by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday in reply to a question from Jharkhand’s RS member Parimal Nathwani. Trivedi also informed that there were 16 other countries in the world with a higher rate of TB incidences than India.
Responding to a query from Nathwani, the minister said, NGOs, private TB service providers, corporate hospitals, medical colleges etc were being actively involved in the fight against TB. Schemes under the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) were available since 2000 for involvement of the NGOs and private providers, Trivedi said and added these schemes had been further revised in 2008 to make them more flexible and in line with the newer initiatives.