Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

On Criticism

Recently, a child was brought in by the manager of the centre as starting in the Toddler room. Reasonably nice child. Slightly big for her age, but sweet enough.

On her second orientation, Maryam asked her mother all the standard questions. And when it came out how old she was - she wasn't big for her age. She was old for the room. So Maryam went to check whether or not she was supposed to be in our room or in the next room. It was the next room. And the manager was cross that we hadn't picked it up earlier.

Well, as you could imagine, I was not happy. She HAD BROUGHT THE KID IN. It wasn't as though we were the only ones who hadn't noticed. And we HAD noticed, and brought it to her attention.

About 5 minutes later, when we're all complaining, my conscience was at work. Yes, it really wasn't our fault. But my first response was that it wasn't my fault. I was more concerned with being right than in fixing the problem.

Criticism, whether fair or not, helps us to improve. But only if we search our hearts and want to improve.

Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. (Proverbs 9:8)
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1)

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