If you’ve been looking for work recently and have been doing casual work in the process you’ll understand where I’m coming from with this today. Today I received a call to do a whole week worth of work. For all those students you would hear a giant “Ca-Ching!” but all I heard was “uh oh!”

I already had a commitment for one day out of five possible days of work. What would you do here in this situation?  Some may go “woohoo work!” and take the five days running. However all I could think of was honoring the commitment I had already made and to trust in the Lord. Sometimes it isn’t about the quantity of things that we do or have but rather the quality – actually who am I kidding, its always about the quality I would think. Our actions define us and we should step out and do our best. As Christians we are told to do the following:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

– Matthew 5: 14 – 16

Even in honoring our commitments we glorify our Father in heaven. Honor those plans you have made, even those coffee catch ups that you’d rather not go to so you can lie in bed for another half an hour on a lazy Sunday. Be the light of the world in even small things and go for quality actions rather than a large quantity.


The Past Week

Over the past few days, I’ve stopped and thought of an hour five years ago. This hour was a lunch hour in my last year of high school. I had started to take Christianity seriously a bit more, was looking at getting baptized and had helped form a new Christian group called “Speak Out” at school.

This lunchtime was one of those days where we had a Speak Out meeting just a few days after the first Christchurch earthquake. The school was abuzz with discussion about what had happened in the south island and we even did some fundraising as a school to help those in need who had been in the midst of the quakes. That period of time was a thought provoking one as many were wondering what was going on. Why were there so many earthquakes happening down south? Were there going to be any in Auckland or somewhere else in the North Island? How was everyone coping in Christchurch and other affected areas? Would we be ready for an earthquake?

All of this came to a Speak Out session where one of our attendees read a passage from Matthew. It was titled “Signs of the End of the Age” and goes as follows…

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”

– Matthew 24 : 3 – 8

Now a lot of people seem to go to this passage when there are so many earthquakes – especially if they seem close to home.  BUT let me give a suggestion on something else we can do rather than wonder if this is the end times and how soon Jesus may come back…

“My command is this: Love one another, as I have loved you.”

– John 15 : 12

Instead of worrying what this means for our eternity or what it means in the spiritual sense of when the end times will come, look at it this way. Love one another. There are many people down in Kaikoura and the rest of the South Island as well as Wellington that could do with some help. Pitch in and help even if its checking up on people in your neighborhood if you live in affected areas. Call friends that you know have relatives and ask if they are okay and if they need anything. Donate to relief funds or services like the Red Cross. Put together a food drive and find a way to send it down (I’m sure there is a way to help make this happen).

Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

This does not apply to just New Zealand and its quake affected areas. Look in your neighborhood, your city, your country, your continent and love on those that need help.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need (or what others need?), and thank him for all He has done (and what he will do?).”

-Philippians 4 : 6