Planning Brings Success


Human beings are designed to make mistakes, irrespective of age, qualifications and past achievements we are all prone to go wrong. However, it is so fascinating to learn how people respond to making mistakes.

A mistake loses it holds as soon as feelings of failure, resentment, anger or embarrassment are released. Some people get offended when they are told ‘you have made a mistake’ they get defensive or argumentative; some cover up mistakes in order to avoid responsibility; some act in denial of making the mistake; some blame others and give themselves a clean chit.

Each of the responses have their own ill effects like – the feeling of failing destroys your confidence; anger makes you bitter and hurt more people; embarrassment takes away the courage needed to face people; covering up mistakes take the pressure off for a while but takes away your sleep; blaming others may provide temporary relief, however, eventually the mistake will be traced back to you causing serious concerns. To top it all, these negative actions make you a powerless and ineffective human being.

The truth is that ‘mistakes’ provides a great platform for learning and therefore, I suggest that you examine the mistake by maintaining composure. Find out what went wrong and why? Take responsibility and admit your mistake; admit to others that you have gone wrong and apologize.

It is crucial that you understand that not accepting your mistakes, particularly those involving other people, could be bad for your reputation because it shows lack of character. People are more forgiving when one admits their mistake. So, be honest with yourself and evaluate the situation from all perspectives. If you feel you are at fault, then accept it and seek forgiveness.

Learn, also, to forgive yourself, there is no point in living life with guilt and remorse. Mistakes are not intentional, you never do things to hurt your loved ones and they understand that, which is why they forgive you. So, learn to let go and give yourself a chance to fix things in the future.

As long as you live in this world you will continue to make mistakes. It is, however, important not to repeat the same mistakes; if you do then it is a sure indicator that you haven’t learned anything.

In conclusion, remember these golden words by Hugh White and move on in life – ‘When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason for the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your powers’.

Do Not Miss Out on What Almighty God Has for You – Be Renewed and Be Refreshed

When I wrote this we were midway through The Feast of Tabernacles, which is widely regarded to be the season when Jesus Christ was born, in Bethlehem of Judea, not the West Bank.

The Feast of Tabernacles is a highly significant season in more ways than one.

I have been in Jerusalem during The Feast of Tabernacles and it has meant a lot to me and that is why I so want to share it with you.

In Jerusalem, and Jewish communities around the world, decorated booths can be seen in hotel gardens and residential balconies, and for eight days people will have their meals in these flimsy temporary shelters.

It is a reminder of the forty years the Children of Israel spent in the wilderness living in tabernacles or booths or tents.

It is a time for remembering, and giving thanks to God Who led His people through the wilderness, bringing them to the Promised Land, a phrase we seldom hear today.

Not only do they remember, but they celebrate with willow, myrtle, palm branches and lemons. Each is significant. Perhaps one day I might be able to take you through the detailed significance and meaning of these four items.

To watch them being selected in the markets of Jerusalem has left its mark on my memory, because I saw what these men were remembering.

For 3,000 years the Children of Israel have kept and observed this Feast. Why? So that your descendants will know about your being slaves in Egypt and how Almighty God set you free.

Being in Jerusalem at the time of the year can teach us much and open our eyes to spiritual truths.

Of course, we do not need to be in Jerusalem because if we open the Scriptures and read the appropriate passages we can learn and embrace and absorb whatever God desires to share with us and reveal in our hearts and minds.

If you are dry, dissatisfied, spiritually thirsty, confused or burdened, drink from Jesus Christ. Be refreshed, then go and refresh others.

Are you spiritually dry?

Do you need a refreshing from Almighty God in some way?

Have you looked for that anointing of the Holy Spirit upon your life and somehow you are unaware of it happening to you thus far?

Pray to Jesus Christ the Son of God. It is He who baptises in the Holy Spirit or with the Holy Spirit.

Do not miss out on what Almighty God has for you – especially for you.

This motivates me to move on and speak about ‘light’.

We so need the light of God in these present times.

If you follow me you will never again get into a mess. That is some claim.

Jesus Christ emerges from an unsuccessful trap. A bunch of men slink away.

Jesus sends off a woman caught in adultery with the words, “Go now, and leave your life of sin”.

Jesus dealt with the issue openly and publicly. Nothing was done in a corner.

Then, surrounded by a crowd, Jesus proclaimed, “I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

This is one of the great “I am” sayings.

Jerusalem was crowded for The Feast of Tabernacles, as the Hebrew people recalled the forty years spent in the wilderness, living in booths, or tents, or tabernacles. The Feast was celebrated annually.

God satisfied his people with water, as well as daily bread. They would sing from the prophet Isaiah, about drawing water from the wells of salvation.

The tabernacling of the people; the pouring out of water; Jerusalem filled with light at night, as four 75 feet candelabra lit the Temple worship – these words of Jesus would have a real, relevant, and special meaning, as they remembered the significance of being led by a pillar of fire at night, which gave direction and warmth.
Jerusalem would be filled with light, temporarily.

Do we not see that within our local culture at this time of year? Lights are lit, but soon go out and disappear.

The light of Jesus Christ is permanent and specific.

If you suddenly awake from sleep, facing bright morning sunshine, or walk against an oncoming car on a winter’s night, light can be sore, and can even hurt, to begin with – but only for a short time.

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Essence of Being a Parent

As parents, it is very important for us to get involve with our kids’ education. It could be in terms of helping them with homework, getting extra academic assistance if needed and supporting them all the way to reach their goals. When we are involve, our kids tend to perform better in school, stay out of trouble, and avoid drug and alcohol abuse.

By getting involved in our children’s lives, we can easily spot trouble and help our kids faster. The early signs of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental disorders are sometimes subtle but staying vigilant and watchful can help save our child’s life.

Involvement in our child’s school and social life help us become more responsive to our child’s emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual and other needs. Our involvement also improve our attitude toward a child’s school and toward education. When we involve ourselves to what our kids are doing, they feel respected and valued especially when it comes to their choices and priorities. By doing so, we show our kids our multiple personalities with varied skills, talents and experiences. Our involvement also send signals to our kids that we are always there for them no matter what.

We teach important lessons that will help our children later in life. By getting involved always, we can help pass along countless lessons and establish the importance of reading by taking our kids to the library and helping them pick out books and read with them. We can also demonstrate that involvement is a key part of parenting, so when our children become parents, they will have that experience to draw upon and carry forward.

Our involvement encourage our children to achieve more, have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school.
Children’s positive attitude about school often results in improved behavior and desirable attitudes.

Moreover, our involvement can make our children appreciate the importance of education. It also means we know where our child’s education journey is going and are able to be part of the ups and downs along the way. As a result, our children are more likely to have higher self-esteem, be disciplined and have more self-motivation.

Furthermore, getting involved has countless benefits not just to our kids but also for us. By walking alongside our son or daughter’s journey, we are more likely to be sensitive to our child’s emotional and social needs. It creates ties and strengthens bonds with our children and can boost our confidence in parenting and any decision-making when it comes to our child’s education.

When our children see a unified approach to their education between their parents and the school, they are more likely to understand the importance of their studies.

Being involved also boosts the mental and psychological makeup of our children thereby, fostering high positive self-concept and help them interact better with their peers and advance their social skills.