All posts tagged: need

A Lesson in Faith from the Woman Who Collected Jars

Meet Olive.  She is an unnamed woman in the Bible, her story found in 2 Kings, chapter 4. I’ve dubbed her Olive – for reasons that will soon become clear.  She’s just lost her husband and is feeling the weight of responsibility in taking up the new titles of single mum, provider and widow.  Things are looking pretty grim. We’ve all experienced some of the feelings this woman might have been experiencing: disempowered, fearful, perhaps even a little angry – her husband “revered the Lord” and was a man from the “company of the prophets”, yet for all his supposed favour, God wasn’t making her life particularly easy. To add insult to injury, the debt-collectors were after Olive, threatening to sell her sons into slavery to cover the debt. Desperate, she goes to Elisha, the prophet – a prophet being someone regarded as the inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.  No doubt he listened to her sorry story, nodding and arching his eyebrows in all the right places. But when she stopped, …

What Cause Wrenches Your Heart?

It’s the money month. First day of the financial year and tax agents are poised. Now is when we do our sums and hope for a tidy bonus. It’s also as good a time as any to evaluate our focus. What makes you tick? What gets you out of bed of a morning? What consumes your thoughts? Hint: money and “me” are bad answers. A few weeks back there was a little story in this newspaper about a 15-year-old Scotch Oakburn student who raised more than $1000 to send 200 pairs of soccer boots and supplies to Kenya. Lilli Rand’s donation allowed Kimuka Primary School to create their first soccer team. In the story, Lilli said she wanted to give back to the game she loved – she plays for the Southern Raiders Junior Soccer Club and the Tasmanian under-15s representative team. Lilli’s achievement reminded me how important it is to rise above your own circumstances and be aware of the need beyond. Big picture thinking. I get a particular buzz when I read of young people with …