Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great error to rest.” (Ecclesiastes 10:4)
John’s patience to the tantrums of a maverick owner of a school saves John’s job and keeps him at the top.
This proverb has implications for employer/employee relationships. Employees should ride out the temper tantrums of their employers. If we quietly do our work and don’t get upset, the employer will probably get over his or her anger and calm down. Patience is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We should not be perturbed at the tempest in our lives. The storm will pass over in its own time but we should not fade with it.
John, a young and ambitious man with a Masters in English joined as an English teacher in St. Mary’s Junior College, Chennai. The owner was a very short-tempered man swaying with power and money. He did not hesitate to hurl out abuses to his staff and subordinates. John was the immediate victim and was at the receiving end on a daily basis to the owner's anger and abuses even in front of others. But John's patience and prayers never disturbed his peace of mind. At the end, he was elevated as the Principal of that College and has retired with dignity, good will and pension.
Prayer: Jesus, save us from short-tempered employers. Give us the patience to be calm to the tantrums of our superiors. Let us have the spirit of prayer and love. Let us not sway with our temperament to quit the job. Save all our jobs for our daily bread. We pray for all the employees and employers to work in harmony. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Wednesday, 18th July 2012
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012