Rise Up, Build, Fight: How to Use What's in Your Hands




How can you use what's in your hands? You look around you, and you see so many people doing things in a specific way - the way it's always been done. "It's just the way things are done, I shouldn't be different. Or should I?" you ask.

Today, I'd like to suggest that you can definitely use whatever is in your hands to do what God has called you to do. Many prodigies and innovators have risen up without a single formal training. So what are you waiting for?


Today, I want to share the story of a young Maasai boy, Richard Turere, who lives in the south side of the Nairobi National park. The Maasai people are herders by tradition. They believe that they came from heaven with all their animals and they have a responsibility to take care of these animals.

In the Maasai community, boys aged six to nine are given full responsibility over their father’s cows. So when Richard woke up one morning to find that the only bull amongst his father’s cows had been killed by a lion, he was deeply pained and took the battle into his own hands.

But here’s why I’m sharing this story.

Richard Turere. Source: TED

Richard did not try to look for battle gear that someone else has already made. He put his imagination to play and tried to come up with something made with his own hands. He looked for what was available right there in his own home. He reminds me of David as a little boy. All he knew was the power of his God. David knew that God could save anyone, through anything. He could not handle heavy spears or swords at his age, but he could handle stones. And if God could save through bare hands, then God can save through stones.

So the Maasai boy put his imagination to work. He thought of several ideas before finding one that worked. At first, he thought about using fire or a scarecrow, but the lions were too clever for that.

Finally, one night he walked around with a torch and the lions did not come as they usually did. This was the turning point. He finally realized that lions are afraid of a moving light and he decided to create something that depicted a moving light. You can watch his solar-powered invention here.

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Again, why am I sharing Richard’s story? Some of us have more than we need to create. To imagine. To dream big. But we are not maximizing our potentials.

Our Father is the Master Architect. He created this earth out of nothing but darkness. He looked at darkness and thought, “Surely, I can do something with this,” and He said, “Let there be light.” And there was light.

David killed Goliath with a single stone. “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth.” Then he went and told Goliath. “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel…all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

And so, my encouragement to you today is that you need to open your hands and look for what God has placed in them. Use everything you’ve got. Don’t look at what other people have. What has God been training you for? What has He been teaching you? Take these things and do something with it.

If you've been wondering how you can achieve what God is asking you to do in this season, the question you should ask yourself is "What's in my hand?" Open your hands and look. I pray you will find the answer in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Till the next one on the Lamp Blog, be blessed. As always, I'd love to read your comments. :)

My Audience of One



About two nights ago, the house was completely silent and I was the only one awake. Moments like this are like a hidden treasure. Only the mothers reading this may understand how golden silence can be in the middle of the night. I smiled to myself as I basked in the moment, lavishing in the glorious goodness of seconds ticking without a stir in the wind. But as I stood there in my kitchen a thought hit me. At that very moment, there was indeed an Audience of One who was right there with me, watching me lavish in my thoughts. Watching me clean my kitchen counter-top to the perfection that I wanted it.  

I could not have planned this moment of joy any better. I smiled again knowing that my audience of One was my heavenly Father. He had been with me during the busyness of the day, but that particular day I hadn't noticed until the silence of night-time came along. You see, He is always there watching over us, yet sometimes we skim over the details of His presence because we get so busy doing other things. The kids. The home. Food. Work. Learn. Clean. And cycle about yet again. Nevertheless, our Audience of One still remains. He never leaves us. Like that good Shepherd who never lets His eyes veer off from his sheep, He's always there.

In the silence of that night, I thought I was by myself, but I wasn't. His presence became a comforting serenade. His arms became my solace. Tiredness was gone the moment I rested in His embrace and left every other thing to just focus on Him alone. 

So this one is for you who's up in the middle of the night, maybe feeling a little undone. Look, you're never alone. You always have an audience of One. He's there listening to all your stories. Whether they are stories of joys or woes, He's there for you anyway. Whether you shed tears of joy or tears of pain, He's there with you anyway. God neither slumbers nor sleeps. He's right there when we're really busy and also right there when we're done with the work for the day. He's there to fill up our empty vessels. To be poetic with us. To grant us increase. More strength. More grace. More and more...that we may be constantly replenished time and time again. Hallelujah. 

So What Should You Do When You Find Yourself Alone with God?

The essence of this post is not just to tell you that God can show up in your quietest moments. There's a call to action required here. You also have a role to play when it comes to unraveling the presence of God. The first thing to do when the thought hits us, just like when Moses encountered the presence of God in the burning bush, is to tell ourselves "God is here." And the second action to take: lose yourself in His presence. Embrace Him. Bow down in worship. Oh, not a second should go wasted in His presence. Take advantage of the solitude and the opportunity for it is precious. Ever wondered why Jesus would wake up so early in the morning and venture out to the mountains just to be with Him? Because you never come out the same way you came in. You become "better" in His presence. Just one moment with the King. It's nothing short of a miracle the way I emerged stronger than before after allowing myself to be free in His presence. I would give anything to have the same experience daily. 

What an amazing God. Such a priceless encounter with our Audience of One.   

Easy Life | A Post-Easter Reprise


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Ea-sy
Exactly how
He designed the blueprint
A garden
Serenaded with
Endless supplies
Abundant life
Absence of worries
Inevitable Harmony
Undisputed Peace
Unquenchable Love
Unending Goodness

You see,
We've turned what He designed
Into what we created
We broke the ease
Shattered it like broken glass
On a lonesome highway
Diverted the course
Set ablaze the vision
We took the hard way
In our minds it made sense
Instead,
our own work produced nothing but destruction and heaviness

Nevertheless
On that unforgettable day
He stayed poised
Both arms stretched out
Left and right
On the cross at Golgotha
Unrelenting
Unwavering
Unshaken
Not giving up
Even in death
His desire for our lives remained
Unsifted
Unbroken
Unshakeable
His love
Given in the form of an undeserving exchange
His life for ours, our sins on Him
"Come to Me if you feel heavy," He says even now
"Take my yoke, it's easy and light
Take my spirit, it's gentle
Take my heart, it's lowly
Take all of Me,
I'll give you rest." (Matthew 11: 28-30)

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Easy Life...

Easy, easy, easy. If we have His rest, we would wake up every morning with excitement just to search for what the day holds. Like a man searching for treasure, we would do anything to find that one pot of gold. It won't matter if we have to struggle through the storm, lightning, and thunder to find the rainbow. Even if there are obstacles along the course, the only important thing would be to find the treasure in the dirt. Who said life was a bed of roses? No, I daresay not. There's always that dark horse of old whose only goal is to create obstacles. His one desire is to see you go down. As long as you are in this world, there will be challenges. But, you know what? Christ died to make your challenges nil. Zilch. Zero. Blank. Nul. Nada. Void. As if they never even existed. Victorious is what you are.

Just a Glimpse of Him

See, if we can just catch a glimpse of Him daily, then we will only see His face throughout the whole day. And if we can only see His face, then we can only carry His own yoke and not ours. And if we only carry His own yoke, then ours would become obsolete. Instead of heaviness, we will feel light. Instead of aggravation, we will become gentle. Instead of heartache, we will be overcome with laughter and joy. It takes daily reminders, sometimes we forget to catch a glimpse of Him.

You may wonder why certain people smile all the time. And even if they cry sometimes, they still break into a dance once morning comes. Why shouldn't they? It's great to know that there are real people out there that genuinely smile because they've found God. They can't wake up and focus their entire day on something they can't fix themselves. No, their eyes are continuously on the Master Potter. And suddenly what they couldn't fix becomes fixed because they praised Him through the storm. They are constantly aware of His power and capacity to do the impossible. Instantly, you wonder why they don't seem suicidal. You fidget with your fingers when you find out how that problem was so big but you never even noticed. You should stop trying to notice. You'll never find trouble in their homes. Never. They've given it all to God. They've let go, and ultimately they've let God invade their lives in a way that only Him can.

Stop now. Consider your own days. Are they fulfilling? Stop now. Take His yoke. Take it, take it. It's here right now for you. Don't try to find it in the wrong places. Today, I pray that the only face you will look upon will be the face of Jesus.

Selah.