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THE PRICE TAG

<em>Isaiah 50:10-11 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. But now, all who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and the torches you have set ablaze. THIS IS WHAT YOU SHALL RECEIVE FROM MY HAND: YOU WILL LIE DOWN IN TORMENT.

Shopping…the old saying goes…shop till you drop dead! But there is something else which makes shopping more exciting…SALES. In the western culture, we live in a world where the end of a season is marked by the familiar scenes everywhere you turn. On the window display…these words scream for your attention…END OF SEASON SALE…50% – 80% off. The items on sale were the same ones which a few months early where out of reach for your wallet. But now the PRICE TAG on the item has changed and perfectly suits your budget…but with one disadvantage…the SEASON for the item is over.

And just as in the shopping arena, unfortunately, our lives are also determined by seasons and utility. As a young single…everything is working out for your advantage; you complete school or college, you have your dream career, your leisure time is spent with family and friends. As a matter of fact, the WORLD IS AT YOUR FEET. Then slowly, each passing birthday on your calendar becomes a reminder of the ONE MISSING INGREDIENT in your life to make it fuller…A LIFE PARTNER. And Heaven is slow to send someone along your path.

As times goes by, most of your former single friends are now married and with family obligations to meet there is little time to socialize with you. The experts says…having children at your age can bring complications. People around you are nice and courteous…but behind your back make comments -‘something must be wrong with her/him.’ And with all kinds of pressures and suggestions from family and friends to get hooked up speedily, you buy into the lie. You lower your PRICE TAG.

My friend, before you get deceived…REMEMBER…GOD DOES NOT WORK ACCORDING TO THE HUMAN CALENDER. You, my sister/brother were bought by A PRICE…THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THE LAMB. No matter what season of your life you may be in…REMEMBER… the PRICE TAG FOR YOUR LIFE REMAINS THE SAME. WAIT FOR THE LORD’S TIMING.

THE REHEARSAL

Corinthians 7:25-26. Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.

I love music. In a sense, music is my life….or a big part of my life is musical. My love for music slowly began at the early stages of childhood during my Sunday school attendance years. My sister, Alice and I were members of the Sunday school choir. After school, we spent hours and hours practicising for the inter-parishes choir competition in our diocese. Then the day before the D-day, on the eve of the competition, we were all set. Our throats were now silky smooth, the choir uniform was already distributed, the standing arrangements were all in place. Finally, for the last time before we could stand before an audience, we watched out for our choirmaster’s hand. At the first struck of his hand, the angellic melody begins flowing powerfully from our mouths filling the air with life and purpose. THE REHEARSAL, the choirmaster told us, was more important than the competition itself. Before we dismissed, we knew victory was already ours for the taking!

Singlehood like music can also be a source of joy and a big part of one’s life. You see, for some of us…singlehood is a short period of time, for others it takes a long time before we move on to the next stage in life. And for a chosen few, singlehood is a lifetime call, a gift of grace. But no matter what stage of singlehood you may be in, like good music…singlehood can be enjoyed. In fact, like the good old days of my choir practice…singlehood is YOUR REHEARSAL for whatever calling the Lord has for you, be it as a lifetime single or a married person. SINGLES OUT THERE…Keep the rehearsal going and God will show up in HIS GOOD TIME.

LOVE IN COLOUR 7!

Genesis 9:12-13 And GOD said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have set the RAINBOW in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Have you ever imagined how life would look like without colour? Just visualize yourself going for shopping at a fruits and vegetables stall fully stocked with different varieties of foods except for one thing…they are all in one colour. Again think how life could be if we all had the same ideas, thoughts or convictions? But before I start your imagination working, I would call you to think through this with me. What if God didn’t give mankind the sign of the RAINBOW in the cloud. Thankfully, even though God knew every inclination of man’s heart is evil from childhood…He still gave MAN four wonderfully and colourful seasons: White snowflakes during Winter, blooming flowers in Spring, Revitalizing sun in Summer and The Rain in Autumn to refresh and replenish the earth. And to crown it all…THE RAINBOW COLOURS OF LOVE NEVER CHANGES. God still loves mankind and that includes YOU!!!!