There was a boy, who was brought up by his widow mother (a devoted Christian), he learnt to pray ever since he could remember, his first reading material was the artwork with scripture from Sunday School, which he enjoyed the activities and had always been the best behaved kid in the class.
The boy grown up and started working. Few years later, he met some new friends and hung out with the wrong group of people. He started to think he knew much more than his Mom, he concerned more on his “eventful” life style and soon his “eventful” schedules had no spare slot to attend church services, read Bible, pray nor stay at home; he became rebellion towards his Mom and even reluctant to have contact with her.
About a couple of decades later, his Mom passed away in her sleep. While clearing out her belongings, he found an envelope addressed to him. It was a letter from his Mom, telling him how much she loved him and how much God loves him; how she had put him in her daily prayers, even when it seemed he was so far away from her and God; how she longed to see him return back to God; and how she believed God will one day answered her prayers.
His tears kept flooding down his face, his Mom’s words had melted his last shield, he had never thought she would still pray for him even after the rude remarks he had made to her, to her belief and to God; he couldn’t believe the extent of her faith in God. Right on the spot, he made a tremendous decision, he confessed his sins to God and repented. Then he got rid of all his “so-call” friends and started to attend church services. Not only did he return back to God, he also decided to involve himself in ministry work.
The above is his testimony.
Did God answered his Mom’s prayers?
Yes, God did.
God heard her and He knew when was the perfect time to answer her prayers.
God’s schedules are differ from our schedules; we cannot say God does not answer our prayers just because we haven’t seen the results yet. Remember, we are short sighted; God is long sighted.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him. ~ I Corinthians Chapter 2 verse 9 (New Living Translation)
I was working in the office and received a phone call from one of our company’s Sales, who is a very aggressive lady, she told me about a customer’s order was being delivered with an incorrect configuration and demanded for an explanation.
While listening to her, I searched for all the related documents and found the cause of this mistake was partly me and partly the supplier. I explained that to her and told her what will be done to resolve this incorrect delivery. She was happy with my answer and thanked me at the end of our conversation.
Not aware the conversation was overheard by my colleagues, I continued to work until I was approached by few colleagues, who said they were very surprised that the Sales was not screaming at me but accepted what I told her.
My reply was, “Maybe because I was being honest to her, told her exactly what went wrong and apologised to her.” Some colleagues said to avoid any confrontation with this Sales, they would have put the blames to the supplier, since she does not deal with the supplier directly.
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Dealing with aggressive people can be difficult task, but when I tell the truth and accepted my own faults, I found it becomes an easiest job in the world. That’s what my Dad told me (when I was young) that every morning when we pray, we need to ask God for guidance to face whatever we need to face during that day.
I don’t know why I have chosen this post title as [Honesties vs “White” Lies], I am not going to elaborate, I am going to just finish this post by sharing what I have read recently:
Romas: 5: 3-5 “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.”