Friday, March 30, 2012

Eternal Insurance

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side." Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know." "You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?" The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. "I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough."

When people obtain any form of insurance during their lifetime, it was clearly for the purpose of providing security for themselves and most especially for those that will be left behind. It is how all of us were taught and it is truly a part of life and people will have a question mark on their face if you will not have any in the first place. They would give you an overabundance of reasons with a sense of urgency in getting one. There are indeed many reasons and it is a sure sign of preparation for future eventualities, if you know what I mean.

Here’s the peculiar aspect of the whole thing, if one will notice it carefully, the person who took out the insurance will not be benefitting directly from what they have carefully maintained for many years but will be given only a fraction of the finances for the needed expenses when the time comes. They faithfully and consistently paid for it all their lives but unfortunately will not enjoy the fullness of its benefit. On the other hand, it was not for them to enjoy it as a matter of fact but it was specifically prepared for their loved ones left behind. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against any of it, I am just giving an honest observation of how life goes about and I completely agree that any preparation is a great thing to do. It shows that we care enough and love our family to provide them as such.

Here’s what I am getting at, an eternal insurance is the most important kind of insurance that anyone can get during their lifetime and the next. It will benefit the person who has accepted it from the One who obtained it for us with His own life. The eternal insurance that I am not selling but offering without any premium was already paid for by Jesus Christ with His own blood and gave His life for us to obtain it. When we accept the eternal insurance during our lifetime, there’s an exclusive guarantee, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12-13, ESV). Thus, our name will be written in the Book of Life and one of the important inclusions in this insurance is fire insurance, “And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelations 20:15,ESV).

Jesus gave us a very important warning to consider: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 8:35-36, ESV). Let us make sure to remember these words and consider carefully our future both here on earth and the afterlife. It will not be enough to have a sense of security when they are based on temporary things of life and the fact is this: No one can change the reality of eternity just because one refuses to believe its existence or accept its reality. Whether we like it or not, we need to make a choice immediately to secure our greatest insurance need and that is, an eternal life provided by Jesus Christ for those who will believe in what He has done at the Cross of Calvary more than 2,000 years ago: He died for our sins to give us eternal life in Heaven with Him.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Just Thinking Out Loud: On Self-Confidence

Having a sense of confidence in all you do is an important component of your self-worth. Without which, will surely lead towards demotivation of any work at hand. What's the anti-dote on this issue? I believe that the primary course of action is to have a clear and honest self-evaluation of what caused the loss of self-confidence. In the first place, what is the source of self-confidence that allows any individual to pursue greater heights and greater things? Is it a reward or an award after the task is done? Or is it a fulfillment of one's calling? Whichever reason will be sufficient to trigger a confidence boost. However, the most important source is not from what will be given to you but what you will give to others when you fulfill it as your calling.

Our task should not be reward-based although it is already a given fact that there is always this aspect. But whether there is a reward or an award should not become the motivating factor because it is always short-lived. What will be long-term is the fruit of one's labor that is based on what will transpire in the lives of others that will become recipient of one's gift in doing the task at hand. This is the most enduring legacy that no reward or award can truly represent. Lives changed as a result is what matters the most to boost any self-confidence continually and consistently.

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