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Sunday, December 19, 2010


This is a comment written by Fred from Flying Embers in my other blog MY THOUGHTS,MY INSPIRATIONS.Fred is an inspirational writer and I have been visiting his blog for a very long time and drinking in the wisdom imparted by him in his wonderful posts.Please visit him and be inspired.

Once again you delve into subjects that cause one to stop and think, leaving the superficial issues of life and peering deep into the soul of man.
I have little confidence I can shed much light but I remember the echoes of those from the past that have faced these same questions and have given some insights which I will try and patch together here.
One must begin with St. Paul in his famous discourse in Romans 7 where he too struggled with the paradox of all who seek godliness. He ends his discourse with these words in versus 21–25 –
“So I find this law at work; when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. Wretched man I am!
Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

His lament sounds much like your own, and mine as well. I heard it said that the one who seeks Holiness always feels he has done too little, and the one who doesn’t, says he has done too much.

John Owen sheds some light on this in this quote – “He is not a true believer to whom sin is not the greatest burden, sorrow and trouble.”

My only criticism in your “confession” is that the list of soul maladies is so much shorter than my own. When I see the pure light that Jesus walked in; the level of Holiness He displayed for the world to see; and the great love he showed for mankind, I can’t help but feel a bed of dust and ashes is the only place for me.

Ah! But our hope is in His great power to live and move through us in spite of our failings; and as you know, He never looks for perfection in all of our actions but accepts the small things we do for Him and makes big results by them; much like he takes the smallest herbs and overcomes the greatest diseases.

As Christians we cling to the hope that Christ’s blood shed on Calvary for our sins and failings and cleanses even the lowliest and gives hope to the hopeless.

Joseph, I appreciate your transparency and although you focus here on your shortcomings; I see throughout your blog the very things God is pleased with.


  1. Sounds like an interesting blog Joseph, will certainly take a look. Your pictures are awesome as usual, and it gives one an insight of places where one is not likely to visit.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Happy Christmas,

  2. mmm///this was really good joseph...the line about feeling as if you are not doing enough struck home with me...and sin being a burden...thanks for sharing this....

  3. X'mas frenzy all around. Ought to be. Fred has spoken the truth about your heart and Soul. Thanks.

  4. Excellent Fantastic Inspiring Comment & Beautiful Photos.

  5. Hi Joseph! Great post/comment! Mwrry Christmas!

    Blogtrotter Two is moving south on the Nile: water, greenery and desert… Enjoy and have a great week!

  6. I appreciate Fred 's comment.
    The blood of Jesus washes us of sin.

    I love all th e Christmas decorations. They ar e saying here that all the Christmas decorations are made in China. Chine were Christianity is almost banned and Christians ar e imrisone d is supplying world with Christmas decorations - what a paradox.

  7. Namaste Joseph...
    Regards to your family.

    Love the pics highlighting the holidays.
    Take care and please stay blessed.

  8. Nice pictures, Joseph, an inspiring post altogether. I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your family a very good Christmas and New Year.

  9. Lovely pics as always. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas. May God bless you in a special way.

  10. I love the stars, it is without a doubt that you would be drawen to a blog like his. Its a wonderful collection. I enjoy seeing how India see christmas. There are so many faiths, that in some place like here in the US so many take affence if you dont address the correct holiday for their belief. I wish you all the best in the New Year. I have enjoyed hearing from you so much, and you words always make me smile.
    I'm looking forward to the extended sharing we have in 2011.
    Melanie (o:

  11. Interesting comment. I like the colourful Christmas decorations.

    It's been a long time since I spent Christmas in Kerala. I don't remember it being as big as the many other Hindu festivals like Diwali and Onam. Still it was fun. I enjoyed helping Dad make the Christmas crib.

    It does look fairly warm out there. Here in the UK there's been a lot of snow, which has caused all sorts of problems. I'm looking for to the big day and a few days off afterward.

    Wish you and you a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.


  12. Merry Christmas Sir, to you and your family

  13. Hello Joseph! Those photos are so beautiful! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas :) I have written another post and I hope you will have a chance to go see it. Have a wonderful New Year!


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