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23rd January 2007

Hi Everyone,

Rummaging through my house, I noticed a note I had written down on 31st May 2006. (Okay, I'm a little untidy...sometimes.) It was titled: 'My brother's keeper'.

The following is a follow-on from that note. (Good thing I hadn't transferred it to my crashed computer!)
You no doubt remember the story of Cain and Abel.

You'll remember when God asked Cain a question and he responded with, 'Am I my brother's keeper?'

"Yes, Cain. I think you are".

  Apostle John reminding us of the words of Jesus said: 'This is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another'-1John 3:11... Keep one another, care for one another.

It's the same message we've been hearing since the dawn of time. The message that God was trying to tell Cain: The message of 'Love'.

Nowadays, we are always demanding perfection from everyone else except ourselves!

Perfection from Customer Services; from Restaurants; from Hospitals; from Patients. Perfection from Jade Goody...!

Consider the following scenario:

A problem develops with a purchase.

It's 4.45pm, the phone lines close at 5pm.

A Customer service operator answers.

'Good Afternoon. Customer services. How may I help you?'

She sounds tired, a bit half-hearted.

You launch into a verbal barrage of your purchase problems.

She searchingly tries to thumb through her answering manual, looking for the quickest way to deal with this customer.

'I'm really sorry sir, but I don't have enough time to deal with your request'.

'Really sorry?! Let me speak to your manager!'

Beads of sweat develop across the furrows of her forehead, you can almost hear the drops of sweat as they coalesce upon her eyebrows and descend unto her desk.

Oh, not another one, she thinks tearfully to herself.
Brothers and sisters, this present 'me' age we are living in is producing 'tantruming' adults!

If we can not rule over our own bodies, don't expect others to rule over their's.

Remember that God said, 'My Spirit shall not always strive with man' (Gen 6:3). No, My Spirit is now going to strive in men - to transform them and free them from wickedness and the weakness of their flesh!

The times soon to be upon us will be two sides of a coin:

On the one hand -darkness and distress; on the other hand - brightness and joy.

Our disposition will determine which way that will be. External things will happen to everyone equally - it's what's going on 'on the inside' that really counts!

Stay blessed in Him,

Tony A.

 "In so far as a man can serve others in love, just so far, is he great". -- Anonymous
"Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us, all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are". -- Arthur Golden