April 9, 2010
When I was studying for my MBA I came across the following line in relation to an approach to problem solving. “Watch it happen, help it happen or make it happen”. I realise that in fact that is a good picture of approaches to life.
This week the Christian band Delirious, although no longer together, reached No. 4 in the UK pop charts with the following song;
April 8, 2010
It appears that God is a signpost person not a map or even a compass! Experience tells me when we come to possible options in our lives, God reveals i.e. gives peace, clearly opens doors, clearly shuts doors, uses others. He wants us to walk by faith that journey until we need further direction.
The challenge is to keep in a position to both see the sign posts and be able to read them! God doesn’t issue maps on his adventures and tell us to phone him when we need advice. He walks with us and helps us with every step. He shines light so we can see and sets our feet on secure places so we won’t slip. He even holds our hand.
Alternatively, we can go it alone and end up in dead end streets!
April 7, 2010
Various opinions have been given as to what state Mike is in. These are sometimes said to comfort us, but in fact they don’t! The Bible is rather unclear when it comes to the after life, may be because our sinful nature just cannot get our heads around it. 1 cor 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
Some tell us that Mike is looking down and enjoying what we see. Thats an interesting thought and not one I can agree to. So does he watch me make love to my wife or just enjoy the flowers in spring! Others tell me he is playing the guitar in worship. I cannot find any evidence of that in the Bible. Some say he is dancing.
My own thoughts are that from the teaching of Paul, I can extrapolate that Mike is in the presence of Jesus.
2 Cor 5 v therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7For we walk by faith, not by sight: 8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
So Mike’s spirit is with Christ. If we remove time, and accept as the Bible says, 1 day is like a 1000 years and a 1000 years like a day. 2 Peter 3:8 then I belive Mike is asleep in the presence of God. 1 cor 15; “though some have fallen asleep” “Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ…..” I Thes 4:14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
I believe Mike went to bed on July 31st and during the night Mike’s spirit went into the presence of God. He is safe and asleep and will wake up when Christ returns.
Mike Standing in the gate
April 6, 2010
I wonder if like me you have favorite words. Some of mine are ‘passion’ ‘synergy’ ‘focus’ ‘momentum’. I want to add a new one that is becoming increasingly helpful; ‘ultimately’.
We are conditioned to operate and be constrained by ‘time’. Time is an ever increasing commodity that in the West great value is placed on. Just ask for a tradesman to come outside of 9-5, mon-fri and you will soon agree with me! Time to us is often meant as ‘my time’ ‘ or ‘in the period I think it should be’ and lets be honest it really means now!
We now eat food products that go from sowing to harvest in shorter time periods than years ago. Reward is not seen as healthy nutritional tasty food, but economic gain. We are loosing patience with the time of process.
We also seem to see our time on earth as a separate story to our time in heaven rather than a continuum. We want healing now, we want restoration now, we want happiness now, we want peace now.
Ultimately we will be healed, Ultimately we will be raised from the dead, Ultimately we will know Him as we are known, Ultimately we will understand, Ultimately we will have peace………….
April 5, 2010
Mike had two male “Knight” cousins. Over the years, Mike and Sam, both very similar in nature would spend much time together when the larger family would gather. Mike and Sam were usually to be found on the PS2 or some other techie gizmo. Hardly saying a word to each other, but enjoying the others company. Mike had a teddy called Roro and Sam had one called Christopher. Even though they were older, they still had great fun seeing Roro and Christopher together.
This weekend we had the whole “Knight” side of the family together. It was sad to walk past Sam’s room and see him there by himself without Mike. It was sad to see Sam enjoy flying the kite on the beach knowing Mike would have joined him. It was sad to see Sam and Andrew walking along and Mike missing. It was sad to recognise that my family will not continue the “Knight” name.
Sam Laura Andrew
Gatherings like this highlight the new shape of our family and reveal and remind us of what we did have. So whilst we enjoy the present and embrace every moment that we have with ‘the knight tribe’, we recognise that “something is missing” in the play.
April 4, 2010
To the Christian death is not bad
To those who walk this earth with God ,
death for a fellow traveler is not bad, but it is sad
To those who walk this earth with God
We are glad that his walk is over
To those who walk this earth with God,
He gives us grace not to be mad.
So please don’t say his death was bad,
Because you will make me mad!