Mission 4:13 I can do all things

Today morning I was on my way to office, I have to catch the bus from 35/36 bus stop. It is 10 minute walk from where I put up. On my way generally praying to God and remembering the Rhema word that He gave me this Sunday. It is – I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

I was in the church listening to message and pondering my goals. All of a sudden, I felt like, there are so many responsibilities on my head. Like writing books on inspiration, being the teacher of the law of the Lord to young people around me, being a policy writer, innovator, entrepreneur, swimmer, Body building, most importantly being Administrator of my own home and the city I am working in. I thought how I will achieve my goals and there a gentle voice brings up this verse to my heart says I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. And His hand is not slack to strengthen me to achieve these goals.

I like to spend on internalizing what God has revealed to me. One way I know doing it is by singing it out. That’s how these lines came out today while walking on my way to bus stop. Funny thing is I was noting down the lyrics, didn’t check properly and I miss my bus. But my co-travelers inform one of my friends who gets in the bus at next stop. My friend, immediately calls me and intimate me that the bus had already left. Its an awkward moment for me but then I took a shared auto to work.Anyways I was so happy that I worked on this song, it’s been quite some time being and enjoying with the living waters. It goes like this.

I can do all things through Christ
Who strengthens me (X2)
For His hand is not slack
Yesterday, today and forever
He strengthens me

Oh I sing
I can do all things through Christ
Who strengthens me (X2)
For His hand is not slack
Every day, noon and every night
I can do all things through Christ
Who strengthens me!

Yesterday, today and forever
I can do all things through Christ
Who strengthens me
Every day, noon and every night
I can do all things through Christ
Who strengthens me!

 

Like Never Before

Most of the Christendom know from where i have picked up this line. Yes, it is the same song “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul” written by Matt Redman.

Just wanted to leave a quick bite here. I heard it many times from many churches/youth groups singing these lines. I see people singing it the same way as it before not like never before. I mean there is nothing difference the way they sang the lines before and after these lines. I find it so mean. Yeah, it says – Sing like never before, oh my soul.

Let me remind you these words from the Bible

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him. – Psalm 40:3 NIV

and

I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Psalm 81: 10 NIV

The Lord our God can’t put a new song on your mouth when you aren’t open wide your mouth or not even tried for it. Please don’t fool God or don’t fool yourselves singing the lines – Sing like never before, Oh my soul – I worship your Holy Name but not meaning them.

See My Stars, these are the songs and tunes He put on my mouth when I opened wide my mouth and sang it like never before.

Lets get it right!

Ability to make choice, specially which course to choose after 12th class/B.Tech, fear of communicating in English, and fear of expressing themselves are the issues I heard repeatedly from students  when I meet with them. I dealt these issues – using law of nature and my personal experiences.

Off late, I realised to give it a thought of writing about these issues, so next time after finishing my talk with students, I can suggest them to go back to this resource material. Hence here are my efforts.

1. Making Choices – It is about which course to choose; I totally agree with you man having this uncertainty about it. Don’t worry; let’s see how it goes here.

At first, let me ask you – what is it your goal? – may your answer is so and so………………… I mean in the end you want to see yourself as a successful man/woman. Is it right? So you have to make choices which will lead you to the pinnacle of success.

For this here you need to understand a few laws – especially take any profession or any field, what its ultimate purpose? Take any profession, it is nothing but benefiting to the society we live around, I mean to the people, improving their quality and dignity of life. Is it right? How much you will be at peace when you internalise this truth. Ignorance of this truth/lack of understanding this will lead us to have a miserable life.

So you have to connect to this truth or vision. This is the core thing; it’s about people: not about ourselves. We study, we work – we live lives here contributing to the society. My point is, you will live a miserable life, even after getting the course you like to be in but still end up not knowing the purpose of life. You have to align all your goals and desires to this truth/vision/purpose.

There is no this thing called one single path to reach out to this truth/vision. We live in a society changing dynamically, people and there choices are dynamic. Let me tell you what the Bible says – Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed. (Ecclesiastes 9:10, MSG)

So do not stick to the age old thought, if I go like this I will be a successful person. Whatever is the course/work you may get in or you may be the course you’re already into it – do it with all your heart and strength. Success will follow after you.

We all know very well bout Wright brothers who invented Air plane. You know they are not from Aeronautics background; they did job-printing and published several short-lived local newspapers. They were having a press before inventing Air plane. (https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/who/1889/printers.cfm)

Micheal Farady, he worked in a book company in London with virtually no formal education but became a great inventor. There are so many like this.

Every time i met with students they asks me like this – will I be successful if I take this course? I tell them the story I had heard from a good friend of mine. He told me this when I had questions like this – He said, if you take any house – it has hall, kitchen, bed room, wash room etc. A house is complete when it has all of this. Let say, the wash room is the dirty one so if I say I don’t like it and let me not use it or if I say I don’t like the kitchen; then it won’t be called a house. Point is, every facility in the house has its own importance. In the same way, every course has its own importance in contributing to the benefit of the society.

Remember this truth and get the understanding of what it is said in Ecclesiastes 9:10, MSG. May I pray that this may help you to shake some walls of ignorance in your heart and mind.

2. Fear of communication in English and fear of expressing themselves – Students, whom i had met with mostly they are carrying fear that they are not confident talking fluently in English and they chose not to try talking in English at all. Let me break the wall of ignorance you guys carry here. Yes, ignorance has blinded our eyes.

The story goes something like this, when a kid born he won’t immediately walk, talk or do all chores on his own. He initially cries and cries – nobody understands infants cry, except the mom. Then when the infant grow he/she talks small words. They start with crawling, after years of practising it one day they stand and start walking few steps.

It is the same case when we born in English. I mean English is not our native language. To all students – we are all born in English. Let us not carry expectations that we should speak fluently immediately. It is like expecting the small infant to talk fluently. No it’s not like that. Infants keep on try/exercise to talk and to walk. Same is the case for those who born in English language, we got to keep on exercise by talking it out. Don’t give it up, think of the infants and learn from them. We don’t give up when kids can’t pronounce their mother name or dad’s name. They fumble, still they try again. They don’t carry shame in their hearts when they fumble. They don’t say that’s it, it is over. They just crawl and crawl and one fine day they stand and walk. It is all something like that being born in English.

Read it and re-read it till you get the crux of what I mean.

Best
Joseph Teja

Unfathomable Gift

In history generally we celebrate birthdays of eminent people not their death day. No country in the history has celebrated its celebrity’s or religious guru’s or a great scientist’s or even any politician’s “Death” as a good day. They counted it as “Great Loss” to their nation.

Ironically, in history, only Christ’s death on the cross counted it as a “Good day”. Ohh!! What a contrast?? Why is it called as a Good day? They didn’t name the birth of Christ as Good day but his death as a good day. Guys just think, isn’t it something special there??

Yes there is so much special in it. Let me help you here to understand this why is “Good Friday” is Good Friday!

We got our situation something like as said by Isaiah

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the lord laid on him the sins of us all. Isaiah 53:6

My friend Thomas Skaria beautifully puts it like this: In today’s society, the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.

When we carefully read both the lines above, we realise there is something wrong with our heart, so we never follow the paths of God. We deserve punishment and doomed to destruction. But God in all His supreme mercy, He took our sins, shame, sickness upon Him to give us life with Him.

I like how John said this in John 12:24

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

We all know this principle. It is the law of nature. We bury seeds, water it. It will grow as tree and give many fruits with same seeds.

Same thing happened on the cross on Good Friday. Jesus died to make us heirs of God’s kingdom. He died so that we can live as sons and daughters of the great Creator God.

On the cross Jesus said, it is finished. Everything under the sun to be done to wash away the sins of humanity was executed on Christ. It is finished. You and I no need to struggle anymore to join the family of God. We got to believe and accept the finished work of God and unite in His family.

I wonder why still many in their ignorance trying to do so much to compensate for the wrong things of their lives. It is finished. Isn’t it so good? Therefore the death of Christ on Calvary is good, that may we join the family of God.

Read this again and re-read it till you get it. May I pray that you may get understand what it is the unfathomable love of the creator God who has created us in His own image and likeness.

Best

Joseph Teja

Paradigm Shift in Transport Planning

Transportation planning is shifting from “mobility-based” to “accessibility-based” analysis which recognizes a wider range of factors that affect people’s ability to reach desired services and activities. For example, with mobility-based planning the preferred solution to traffic congestion is to expand roads so people can drive faster, but accessibility-based analysis also considers improving alternative modes, more compact and mixed development, more connected transport networks, and telecommunications that substitutes for physical travel. 

Each day around the world, millions of urban residents walk, bike, drive, bus, and metro to their destinations. This sets off an uncoordinated ballet of movement. Brookings’s Moving to Access Initiative looks at innovative policies, tools, and techniques that can help ensure that all people—regardless of income or demography—get where they need to go.

So this leaves in me a thought that the future GoI initiatives and decisions will revolve around Comprehensive Accessibility Plans  (CAPs). Let us prepare ahead for this upcoming task.

Best

Joseph Teja

Story & Stats of ECOLIFE – an Electric Bus

ECOLIFE, a full electric bus, was unveiled at 13th Auto Expo in February 2016. ECOLIFE is a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) powered by lithium batteries, which are fast charging and runs up to 200 kms daily for city bus operation. This vehicle can also run on plug-in charging mode. The full electric bus will be tagged at about Rs 3 crore but running costs would be a fifth of buses running on conventional fuel options.

“The payback period for this bus is 4-5 years compared to 5-7 years for a conventional bus.”

Over a period of 10 years, savings from ECOLIFE 100% electric is estimated to be around 1150 equivalent tonnes of CO2 / 420,000 litres of diesel per bus, JBM Solaris claimed.

Savings stats by one electric bus (100%):

Time Frame

in years

Savings in equivalent tonnes of CO2 emissions / bus Savings in diesel litres/bus Savings in Rs Chandigarh Diesel Price = 56.31 Rs/Ltr (Most Recent price change date: Saturday, October 15, 2016)
10 1150 4,20,000 2,36,50,200
1 115 42,000 23,65,020

With one electric bus (100%) public transport operator can save around Rs 24 lakhs, 42 thousand litres and 115 equivalent tonnes of CO2 for one year.

For further understanding, here is a case for comparison between  DTC Electric Vs CNG buses.dtc-electric-vs-cng

Sources:

The Economic Times, 2016

My Petrol Price

Times of India, 2016

Identifying the ‘purpose’

One Saturday evening, Sam (the drummer) and I both were at VYK. Along with other members of GCLC worship team, we were doing run through of all the songs for Sunday worship. For some reason, I appreciated Sam playing drums and immediately he replied me – Joe, “When I play drums, the symbols talk to me and in return, I talk to them back.” That was an eye opening for me. I picked it from that conversation and stored it in my heart. A few weeks later, I was walking home from office and thinking about congestion on roads, thinking about how to solve the issues related to transport that this society is facing? All of a sudden, I landed on this thought – for Sam, the symbols are talking to him and for me the traffic infrastructure & transportation planning problems in the society are talking to me. After all, I found myself struggling to talk back to those problems.

For Peter, my friend – it is terrace gardening. He talks and he thinks on ways how to use the household waste to create these gardens. He invest his time and resources to know it and to try it.What about you?

Find out what is one area in your life that is talking to you while you are alone or walking and in return where you are struggling to talk back. Build communication bridges between you and those elements that are talking to you. Spend time, talk to them. Connect yourself with this good thing that is disturbing you. Once you start this, trust me you will find so many things coming on your way and talking to you.

On a mathematical note, ‘a line is an integral of many dots’. Connecting all these dots; the dots that are talking to you will create purpose of your life. This is what about – Identifying the ‘purpose’ through building communication bridges with the dots.