Posted in Hope

What Makes Hope Less

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Pastor John’s message yesterday (29 June 2014) on “Building Blocks – Hope” made me reflect on my hope experiences.

Apart from asking myself how I may be able to share or give hope to others, I also contemplated on the quality of hope I am able to give.

His challenge:

Who is able to give true hope in a world with so many unfulfilled promises? God is building something in us and the capacity to both life and communicate hope is one of the ‘building blocks.’

My hope experiences have taught me that it’s only when I put my total and absolute trust on what God can do that I am able to hope completely in God.

I have learned that to experience real hope, I need to “let go 100% and let God 100%”.

What makes hope less is the human element portion that we put in.

I contemplated that if I put any iota of hope on my personal capabilities, it becomes my germ of a doubt on God’s power.

This doubt, like any germ, if always present in situations that demand my total or complete hope in God, would multiply and totally destroy whatever true hope that’s left in me.

Yes, that small amount of doubt can bring about hopelessness.

Also, if my hope is based on my capabilities and resources, then my hopeless situations were settled more on my personal effort rather than on God’s Almighty power.

Looking back at the many hopeless instances I went through, I realised that what made me feel hopeless and desperate was when I focused more on what I can do, cracking my brain trying to sort out possible solutions.

However, when I let go and put my hands up in full surrender, accepting my incapability and focusing intently on what God can do, anticipating the solutions He already has for me, my hope becomes strong.

Then peace and quiet govern my body and spirit because my hope is God and Him alone.

Friends, may this short reflection inspire you to evaluate your hope experiences.

May our hope grow more and more as we build it on nothing less but Jesus Christ.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ross Waugh

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Posted in Living in Timaru

Congratulations ‘The Timaru Herald’ on your 150th Anniversary

The Timaru Herald
The Timaru Herald Building at Sophia St., Timaru. (Mytchall Bransgrove/Fairfax NZ)

Today, 11 June 2014, The Timaru Herald celebrates her reaching 150 years in the newspaper business.

Circulating in the Timaru, South Canterbury and Otago districts of the South Island New Zealand, The Timaru Herald has a daily circulation of 14,500 copies and approximately a readership of 31,000 people.

Thank you The Timaru Herald for your important role in information and community development.

My association with the prestigious paper began when they published about our blog promoting South Canterbury on their 17 January 2013 edition.

Since then, The Timaru Herald had published several articles about our role as channel of service and support for the Timaru communities. These articles are as follows:

Then calamities struck the Philippines in last quarter of 2013, a catastrophic earthquake in October and the destructive super Typhoon Haiyan in November.

The Timaru Herald wasted no time in helping the Filipinos through publishing our concern and desire to raise funds to help the earthquake and typhoon victims in the Philippines.

These articles stirred up the community (local and international) to donate for the Philippines.

Businessperson and blogger, Jonathan Davey of The Berkshire Blog UK told me that he read the article on Stuff about my desire to help so he contacted me via LinkedIn. I provided estimates on the boat-building project he was launching at that time. Many have benefited through the Rotary Club One Boat for the Philippines project he started.

The Country Women Institute of Timaru is one organisation that responded after reading the articles in The Timaru Herald and South Canterbury Herald.

The blog post “Fisherman Benefits from CWI Donation” shares about the beneficiary of CWI’s gift.

In anniversaries of longevity such as the sesquicentennial celebration of The Timaru Herald, the olden days are often revered more than the present ones.

This is quite understandable because it is through history that an organisation finds strength and inspiration to continue in the next hundred years or so.

Clearly, the recent developments in the life of The Timaru Herald, particularly referring to the news articles mentioned above and her commitment to provide news and information have paved way for forging relationships in the community to help one another regardless of race and distance.

Again, congratulations The Timaru Herald!