Archive for the ‘Goal of Life’ Category
Sunday, October 31st, 2010
Almost every evening nowadays, I take my daughter Aanya to the near-by park and make her run with me. To keep her motivated for the running exercise, I purposefully run slow so that she can always “win” and “come first”. A few days ago, something very interesting happened. After a few rounds of her winning the race, I told her that I never came first. Hearing this she said to me, ‘Papa, since you want to come first, so I’ll run slow.’ And indeed she did that! I came and told Shalini about this. On hearing this, Shalini laughed and laughed. At that very time it inspired me to think that we all are like so. In every situation, we want to come first – rather than slow down to wait for God, our Father, to come first. When we cannot see God working behind the scenes for us, we think either He is too slow or we do not know what He might be doing. So we start making our own permutations and fasten ahead thinking we can do a better job than God.
Well, God is the Lord, the Almighty. Through Him everything in this world comes forth and goes back. How can we underestimate His capability to run slower than us? As I write, I am remembering the lines of a worship song of Don Moen that say– ‘God, forgive me for I’ve made you small in my eyes.’ When we don’t trust God, do not wait upon Him, do not trust Him and rather doubt Him, we actually make Him small in our eyes and that is when we start to mess up our lives. It is difficult, I agree, to trust God and be patient, but that is exactly what we ought to do and practice and believe that He is working behind the scenes for us to make us win. For this the easiest way to is to slow down and say – ‘God, I give this situation to you. Make me do what you want me to do about this. Take it from me.’ Simple! That’s how you can practice running slow to wait on God and win the race of life! God Bless – Vinay Mehta
Friday, May 14th, 2010
Recently I was counselling someone on the phone. This lady is a widow and has a teenager daughter who has a disability of slow learning. Now every time this lady called me up she would complain so much about her daughter that it seemed she was actually cursing her. And at the same time she would pity her circumstances and her life and how much someone needed to applaud her for her struggles. Now for once I heard her and told her to come for counselling. But finally when I told her that all that she needed to do was to change her thought life and speech life, she promptly said that this was all bookish advice which seemed good to hear but not possible to implement in life. I then realised even though almost all of us do not like the mess in our life yet do not want to make some serious changes. We just wish that someone should give us a magic wand and suddenly the mess would disappear. No it does not happen this way. You got to work on it!
When I got over my first marriage, I had no mental support from my parents or immediate family and my two beautiful daughters were taken away from me. I did not like it because it hurt and it hurt real badly. It was very easy for me to lament over and over about my hurts. But I didn’t because very early I realised that only God can take the ashes of your life and turn them to beauty. And you can’t keep carrying the ashes of your life expecting them to turn into beauty by wallowing over it. You got to work on it, you need to take a decision that I am not staying this way and I am going to find a way out to turn my life around so much so that looking at my life people would be encouraged to have a good life.
I know there are many people who take to drinking or drugs also during their lows of life but let me tell you, life is beautiful only if you make it and life is an opportunity only if you see it. So I encourage you if you are going through something in your life, nobody is interested very long to hear about your problems, nobody can do anything about your situation – only you can, and people can advise you but only you can do it. God bless you – Shalini Mehta
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
The year ending is a time when all get nostalgic about things we did in that year. As usual, we want to remember good things, but not-so-good ones we wish to forget. But I and Shalini would like to tell ourselves and you something New on the closing day of this year.
Remember always that God is closer to you than you think. He is always looking at you with love, care and wishes your good at all times. He wants you to change into a better person to get His purpose fulfilled for which He has sent you here on the earth. To hear Him and explore your wonderful relationship with Him, we exhort you to:
- Carry forward all things into NY2010 that God did to make you close to Him.
- Throw away all things that increased your baggage of worries, mistakes, bad choices, that did not make you fruitful this year.
- Wear the coat of God’s confidence (if you already wearing it, don’t take it off) and put on the shouts of God’s praise in your mouth.
- Stay in faith and press in inspite of your circumstances, situations or bad experiences this year
- Get up on the inside to receive what God has reserved for you
- Spread the confidence of God at the first opportunity and sow it in others’ lives
To me and Shalini this year has been the closest walk with God till now, and we sincerely believe it is going to be better walk in the next. God’s Child Foundation wishes all of you to build rock-solid relationship with Him by getting closer to Him and see His wondrous possibilities come alive everyday of your life in the New Year 2010. You are blessed- Vinay Mehta
Monday, October 19th, 2009
I had an opportunity to climb a mountain in April 2009 that too while doing my professional work. The place where I had to reach was a telecom tower site. It was on a steep mountain and I had to walk up on steep slopes for more than two and a half kilometers to reach there. I am an adventurous person always looking for something new and different. I decided that I am going to enjoy the climb.
I have no mountaineering experience; though I have climbed small hills in my childhood days. But this time, it was different. It was almost 250m from the start point when my breath started getting heavy. Even though I wanted to climb but my mind was in a way telling me that it was difficult, as I am used to walking in plains most part of my life. I spoke to the local guy who was leading me through the path. I was seeing him walking comfortably uphill. I asked him what I should be doing to climb through without much tiredness, since I had to do the work on the site after reaching there for about one and a half hour. He told me that in order to reach the site I need to follow what he was doing:
- Take small steps
- Do not open your mouth for large breaths
- Do not look upwards -look downwards
And I followed his advice to the book, and found that I covered the distance of 2.7 Km up an average of 45 degree slope in 1:45 hours, whereas other members of my team took 2:30 hours to reach the site. After I did the inspection work on site for about two hours, I had a revelation after drinking the sweet water of a natural water source at the hill top! God put it in my heart that in order to achieve your goal you need to:
- Take small steps of faith in what you do on a daily basis,
- Control your senses – keep them focused on where you have to go rather than complain about the difficulties
- Look how far you have come – once you see how far you have come with God in your life, you would feel encouraged and enthused and would want to go further. Rather if you keep looking forward thinking there is too much distance to be covered you may not be able to move forward an inch.
As soon as I alighted from the hill top (took me about 50 minutes) with a special skill of how to walk on the toes rather than the whole foot, I wrote it down in my diary to have discovered this wonderful piece of God’s wisdom from this episode! – Vinay Mehta