Thought for the day Archive

Verse of the day: Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Thought for the day: Jesus is talking about the way to life and the way to destruction. One is narrow and the other one is broad. One could see two different gates, one is narrow and the other is wider. When someone looked into the wider gate he could see broad well paved, well lighted road where multitudes enjoy their rides. They didn’t know that they are led towards destruction. He also had a peek into the narrow gate. All that he could see is a narrow way fenced with cactus and thorny plants and trees. Very few opted to walk in this way pushing the thorny branches, walking over the rubbles bleeding and hurting them. There may not be enough light to see and air to breath. But those who entered through this narrow gate are sure of light and life at the end.

Balan Swaminathan Feb 28, 2011

Verse of the day: Matthew 7:1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

Thought for the day:Often we do not hesitate to judge others. Quickly we jump into conclusion and paint a picture about others in our mind. We ignore the fact that we will be judged the same way we judge others. I found this illustration helpful to understand what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 7:1-2.
“A small-town baker bought his butter from a local farmer. One day he weighed the butter and concluded that the farmer had been reducing the amount in the packages but charging the same. So the baker accused the farmer of fraud.
In court the judge asked the farmer, “Do you have measuring weights?
“No sir,” replied the farmer.
The farmer answered, “When the baker began buying his butter from me, I thought I’d better get my bread from him. I have been using his 1-pound loaf as the weight for the butter I sell. If the weight of the butter is wrong, he has only himself to blame.””How then do you manage to weigh the butter that you sell?”

Balan Swaminathan Feb 27, 2011

Verse of the day: Deuteronomy 4:20 But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.

Thought for the day: CTC is a method of processing black tea. The tea leaves plucked from the tea plants are brought into the tea factory for processing. The fresh tender green leaves are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of small sharp “teeth” that Crush, Tear, and Curl (CTC). The resultant product looks like small black pellets that lost all its original freshness and tenderness. But it produces a very strongly flavored, quickly infusing tea that is often used in teabags. It is tough to be submissive while going through the furnace of affliction. But once we go through it, we become the fragrance of Christ, through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Balan Swaminathan Feb 23, 2011

Verse of the day: Psalm 10:4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.

Thought for the day:We are self contented.
We don’t long for God’s love as we are loved by someone else and not desperate to be loved.
We don’t realize the power of God as we are not one among the 10 lepers.
We don’t listen to the Master’s voice as we are surrounded with many other voices.
We don’t take refuge under God’s wings as we are secured in many ways.
We don’t know He is our provider as we lack nothing.
We don’t wait in God’s presence as we are busy with our routine.
We don’t praise God as we don’t know who He is.
We don’t pray as we don’t have a reason to pray.
We don’t thank God as we don’t believe He is the source of all the blessings.
We don’t have any goal as we don’t know God’s purpose in our lives.

Balan Swaminathan Feb 22, 2011

Verse of the day: Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Thought for the day: Certain things are valuable to everyone. Jewelry is one among them. If people decide to buy some ornament, they go for it irrespective of its cost. They exchange, borrow, ask, plead and do everything to buy the one they like. Here is a merchant who sold all that he had in order to buy the expensive pearl. I wonder what made him to do so! Is he a fool to lose all that he earned through his business over many years just for the sake of this pearl? There must be something in it. Someone met the merchant on the way and asked him about his mysterious behavior. He told that he just bought something that will take care of his future. The other man asked we have all these schemes such as Life Insurance, saving plans, RRSP, 401K, housing loan, etc to take care of our future. Why did you buy this expensive pearl? The merchant replied, “Fool…you will live on this earth at the most for another 30 years and you invest everything for that. But I invested my life on this pearl to live eternally with my God. It is true, if you invest all that you have including your life sacrificially in God’s kingdom, your eternity is taken care.

Balan Swaminathan Feb 21, 2011