We often experience both the Atmosphere and His Presence in the same place. If you look closely you’ll know one is produced by man while the other is the arrival of Someone.
We are a people of Vision and we have a vision for everything we do or embark on. We have a vision of how our family would be, work would be, ministry would be and the list would go. Though some visions are what God reveal to us, we often make the mistake of hijacking your “neighbor’s” vision. We look over our shoulders and desire their calling than listen to what God has in store for us. This detours often leaves us angry, frustrated and always makes us wonder why doesn’t our dream bear any fruits. Paul has made it absolutely clear in 2 Timothy 4, that our life is a race that has to be prepared and run by you alone, you cant even outsource it.
I recently was meditating about this very subject because I have made my fair share of mistakes and I came across this scripture written by a minor prophet in the Bible. I believe my revelation will bless you and would help you make the necessary corrections that will help you be a World Shaker and a History Maker in our generation.
I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Wait and See
Write it down
Timing is everything
You will not toil
We often treat Offering time in the church as a mundane routine and doing a favour for the church.
As the book of Genesis doesn’t offer much into why God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice, the book of Hebrews offers us the answer;
“By an act of faith, Abel brought abetter sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.”
Hebrews 11:4 MSG
And that’s the folly that Cain make. He made an ordinary offering believing for nothing because he believed like the rest of the world that he makes his own luck with hard work.
We often think Purpose in life is this overarching theme of your life. Themes like eradicating poverty, sending man to the moon or even make it big in the field music or in entertainment. Though these are true and the most noblest of desires but very often this isn’t how God operates.
Let me be honest I get frustrated with life and work from time to time. Occasional frustrations are understandable but what If you are living in this state of torment every single day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! There is only one reason and its simple, you are living someone else vision.
Out of the billions in the world God still wanted you to be born. I often wonder why would He do that?
Doesn’t He have around 7 billion of mankind who can accomplish His vision? Or is there something that He needs to be fulfilled in this world that only you can accomplish? I believe the latter to be so true. There are so many things in this world built by icons like Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela but why are there only a few while the rest of the world end up being sidelined and being a part of the crowd?
God’s common grace is at work whether you are a Christian or not. People with singular focus achieve great things but with God you will not only do great things, you will also leave a legacy. A daily walk with God is key to knowing the purpose and goal for the day. When God made the heavens and the earth, each day He had a plan and a purpose. Though He could’ve easily done all of it simultaneously but God didn’t. Each day is a new day and for that new day, He had a brand new plan and this went on for every single day. The same is true for you daily.
Today, we live day in and day out mindlessly from brushing our teeth to going to work and back, I am guilty of it from time to time. But imagine this, you wake up in the morning and spend 30 minutes meditating and asking this one question, “Lord, what is your purpose and what do you want me to accomplish today?”. That one question alone will change the way you see your life. God answers those prayers and when He does, you are on to an adventure. You will see your environment change, favor from coworkers, open doors…etc. Even when you think nothing is happening, you can sense in your spirit something is brewing.
Purpose is not a single endeavour, its a daily assignment. Let’s assume, your calling in life is to solve world hunger. If that was your purpose, where would you begin? What would be your strategy, first steps, direction…etc? Before you know it, it would overwhelm you and you’d give up and miss out on the plan and destiny that God has for you. Every great endeavour started small because they had a daily commuion with God. They started cooking for people in need in their neighbourhood or started a small prayer group. There is great power in small beginnings. So don’t despise your small beginnings. I have a saying I’d rather have nothing and be at the center of His Will than have everything. I believe this to be true for any Christian.
You are here on this Earth on an assignment, why not spend some time with God in the Word and in prayer, 30 minutes of your morning daily isn’t much but it will be of profound impact. Like I said in my previous post, you are no mere mortal, you are powerful and let us finish this year right.
In 2013, I was at a business meeting introduced to them by my friend Sam. The customer started off the meeting saying that she understood that Sam and I attend the same church and how Sam is such an great Christian. I was intriguided and asked her which church does she go to? She replied saying that she’s not a Christian and she has attended our church once and found it fascinating. We carried on with the rest of the meeting and I left that place with a deep sense of conviction and question, what would my colleagues say about me? I have always been identified as a “good”, “nice”, “funny” and many other qualities but “Christian” wasn’t one of them.
Every weekend I hang out with other fellow believers in Church, small groups and extending that over to other fellowships. We speak the right tone, language and pepper in vocabulary with terms that only we understand. But once the weekend is done and over with, we are back in the real world with a few songs playing in our head till the weekend is back all over again. We sometimes yearn for Sunday to come so that we can have a sense of belonging and significance again.
What no one knows is the fact that we are totally different people during the week. Some of us dress, walk and talk differently that we are unrecognisable to our church buddies. We barely listen to Christian song or sermons and the thought of Jesus or God barely crosses our mind. We “remember” Him when trouble strikes but until then we cruise through life like the rest of the world. Our friends don’t even know whether we are even Christians but instead we are known to be the “nice ones”.
So why go to church if all we are going to do is nothing?
I know you and I go week in and week out to “meet” with the Creator but what happens after the “meeting”? Most of us give a clap-offering and we are on our way to engage the next 6 days as though nothing happened. If our life were a game, the world would be the field and the church the locker room where we rest and strategise. What we end up doing instead is chasing the world without implementing any of the strategies we discussed in the locker room. There is no drive or purpose that is God-focused.
What the point of the Good News when it’s not even shared at all? To put it in an alternative context, Good News should feel like as though your entire debt got waived off! or your cancer has gone into remission! You were brought back from our broken lives so that you and I can live a full life because Jesus paid a price and brought us back to our original place! So why aren’t we sharing this great exchange? Did our hearts grow cold or did we forget what we were before? (Phil 3:14, 2 Thes 2:14, 2 Tim 1:9)
Church is a place where we get equipped not only to heal ourselves but also also to bring that same healing to the rest of the community around us. We are accountable to our work, friends, neighborhood, and our family (Rom 14:12). The purpose of the Church is to instill us and equip us with the values and principles of the Kingdom so that we can reach out to the people that fall under our influence.
You are powerful and no mere mortal. He has placed eternity in our hearts (Ecc 3:11) so that you can heal the broken and be “Jesus” to the people in need. The world is a cruel place and when you enter into their “world” demons manifest and all ungodliness has to flee. Introducing them to the Creator Yahweh. We all carry a God vacuum and our goal is to point to Him.
It been 4 year’s since that meeting with and I still feel convicted. I pray that every morning when we wake up and are all set to conquer the day, that we ask God to reveal what is our Purpose for today. He will reveal to us and will give us the wisdom, the people and the words to say to heal the sick, raise the dead, reach out those who are abandoned, drive out demons and give away what you have in abundance. (Matt 10:8)
You are not just someone nice to be with! You are a change-maker and a history-maker because you are Powerful!
Apple this September unveiled the all new iPhone 6S and 6s Plus. Every other year Apple is historically devoted in refining it previous year’s model. Not matter how much you hate the previous model and even if you have extensive research on why the previous iteration was bad, Apple doesn’t care and only will build on what it has previously build. This is so unlike what Samsung, LG or HTC would do. Competitors are so obsessed in winning over the market share that they do whatever the consumer tells them to do.
Apple sticking to their guns have huge benefits;
- Design cost stays low
- Manufacturing cost stays low
- Material cost stays low as most the orders are done in bulk.
- Huge profit margins
The innovation that Apple brings to the table are all under the hood and more pronounced at the software layer. As an early adopter, I recontacted my line to the iPhone 6S 128GB Space Grey.
The all new iPhone is exactly the same at first glance and its a tad heavier when you hold which add a certain “premium-ness” to the phone. It feels solid and well built all together. Unlike the competition, there are no gaps, no seam line or spacing at joints which helps feel as one single unit and not parts stitched together. Build quality is where Apple always has excelled in.
When you start using the phone, you don’t feel a speed bump as the new iPhone 6S comes with a new processor, ram and even a souped up graphics chip set. It was smooth and buttery throughout. It is in fact better that the previous iPhone 6 on iOS 9 because after the software upgrade I did notice lags and stuttering which is probably Apple’s subtle way of pushing you to upgrade. No matter how they tell you iOS 9 is lightweight and you can upgrade older iPhones is all marketing “bull”.
The new iOS 9 comes with a slew of iPhone 6S specific features and one of them is the all new re-branded “3D Touch”. Its definitely a whole new way of interacting with your phone. One of the aspects of that almost felt like a “right-click” alternative for iOS. There’s definitely a learning curve and using it helps you get to the point you wish to go without an extra interaction. The other aspect is using the keyboard like a track pad which I found was extremely useful. But to be honest, from a development standpoint, you can do all this at the software level than build a hardware specifically to capture this. You will definitely see how Android OEM’s are doing to respond in the coming months. So,is 3D Touch Useful? only time will tell. I definitely feel there is a lot more to 3D Touch that what they showcased.
The other upgrades were faster TouchID sensor, 12mp camera with Live Photos,
Gripes, Peek/Pop via 3D Touch, “back” button for multitasking and so on which all are a welcome addition.
- Using the Home button to wake up phone becomes problematic with the new faster TouchID as you wont even get enough time to read your notifications.
- Camera Live Photos captures 1.5 second video after the shot which is predominantly a clip of you putting your phone down.
- Because of 3D Touch now getting to uninstall or move your apps are difficult as it registers as a hard press instead of long press.
- Security for peeking websites using 3D Touch safe?, I really doubt it.
- If you can peek and pop might as well tap and read websites or links. Why the extra step now.
- Battery life remains the same which is less stellar especially for the iPhone 6S. Thankfully the new #BatterGate or #ProcessorGate didn’t mess with my unit. (Explained below)
Overall, iPhone 6S is a great phone and Apple still maintains the crown with easy to use OS, superior App Store and great experience. No body noticed that i had the latest and greatest unless you highlight the “S” stamp on the back or carried a Rose Gold edition of the iPhone. After the first few weeks, the new phone experience weans off and its back to normal business again. I did get a few questions on how the phone was and I explained to them what’s new but you may find yourself sounding silly when you try explaining it.
Recently, Gizmodo was all over Apple on iPhone 6S’s battery life as who made the processor will determine the battery life for your iPhone. It was either made by Samsung processor or TSMC. TSMC showed better and longer battery life according to show test results. (Thankfully I have the TSMC version). But Apple responded saying knew about this and has fine tuned the software in such a manner that it would give consistent performance regardless of who made them and Apple also explained why these “tests” did not reflect real-life usage and they were right as BGR has pointed out.
Has Apple ever admitted to doing any wrong, never. So I am not too concerned as Gizmodo has a history with Apple and they will do everything to beat their drums harder.
So is the new features all gimmick or is Steve’s reality-distortion still at work, I really don’t know. But I know this, if you are the patient kind long-suffering kind, hold out on this one and wait for iPhone 7.
For once, Microsoft skeptics was spellbound at the latest Windows 10 devices event. They delivered their most important and needed update with the devices that support the all new Windows 10 operating system. The entire event was a blend of cutting edge innovation and snake oil salesmanship. May be too much of the former as the event reached its mid-point.
Overall, I loved what Microsoft has delivered and is finally surpassed in terms of the innovation they brought to the table with superior hardware design & deep machine learning integrated to all their devices.
There were FOUR major announcements and here are my take on each one of them.
When I mentioned cutting edge, this is what I was talking about. From an experiment to an actual tangible kit. Just like how Microsoft paved the way for multi-touch interface, HoloLens is going to take VR to a whole new space. I can foresee how it is going to change the way be not only game and work but also the way we interact with each other. If one day Microsoft decides to make this tech open, its going to take Oculus, HTC Vive to the next level. For just $3000, you can get hold of the untethered development kit early 2016.
Microsoft Band 2
Microsoft Band was initially positioned as a Fitbit competitor but now with Band 2 they have stepped up the game. Now it comes with an array of sensors like barometer, track elevation and a deep machine learning platform that makes sense and gives insights that no one fitness band gives. With third party apps on the way the new Band 2 just cost $249 and will be available this October.
The all new Lumia lineup is spec heavy and is on par with the competition on paper. It Windows 10 OS with Continuum bring full desktop experience to a bigger screen and the phone won’t break a sweat. Because the 950 XL comes with the all new liquid cooling tech which dissipates heat efficiently, this is a new in smartphone technology. With unto 2TB expandable storage and OIS, its set to be a power player this 2015.
But what it scores in hardware, it lacks in the design department. It felt as if they were reusing some left over Nokia designs. I wish they’d used some Surface-like design and I bet they will in 2016.
The all new Lumia will be released in November and will cost $649.
Surface Pro 4
If its not broken, why fix it? Microsoft’s next iteration with the Surface pro 4 takes what’s already working to the next level. They’ve stuck to the same hardware design and made it thinner and lighter. They’ve increase display size without increasing the footprint, increased the storage to 1TB, battery life to 12 hours, increased processing speeds and RAM. They’ve also thrown in a new shiny keyboard which thinner, lighter and well spaced keys. On top of that they upgraded the Surface Pen and mocked the Apple Pencil while at it.
For $899, the Surface Pro 4 should be available in October.
This was the biggest surprise from Microsoft to date. This was there moment and they sized it. With the all new hinge, graphics card and battery life, I was blown away. And then they said you can detach the display and was blown all over again. It supports the Surface Pen, touch input and has an amazing keyboard.
The weird part was they kept comparing it to a Macbook Air but spec wise it was all Macbook Pro’s standard. This is Microsoft biggest bet yet.
Similar to Google building the Nexus Phones, Microsoft too wants to help their OEM’s be pointed in the right direction. The only turn off was Panos Panay and Brian Roper who sounded very sales-y, marketing mumbo-jumo and lacked the earnestness.
May be that is exactly what Microsoft needs to stand out from the rest.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo
- Spotify Running finds your tempo and plays music to match.
- Running in time with the music makes you feel more energetic, more motivated.
- We’re music fans who love to run. So we put together the world’s best running music.
- Check out Running Originals – amazing new music that adapts to your run. (Discover)
- You can soundtrack your entire life with Spotify. Whatever you’re doing or feeling, we’ve got the music to make it better.
- Skitch, which helped you to annotate images
- Web Clipper, it brought in Pocket like web archiving functionality.
- Scannable, you could virtually scan any document it would capture your document and archive it with no manual cropping needed.
- Penultimate was an acquisition that led to archiving hand drawn or written notes into Evernote. These are just to name a few. They have gone through multiple iterations to nail the right user interface and boy! they have the best app designs in the market today.
Why am I writing this?
Evernote knows it. Late last year, the company attempted to roll out a messaging product, Work Chat. I reached out to a number of friends to ask if they had heard about it or used it at their company, with the answer being a resounding, “No and why is Evernote making a chat application?”
The product certainly seems to be a flop in the market. Many Evernote users want to remove it entirely from their note-taking software.
Evernote is in the midst of a sizable, prolonged decline in relevance in numerous areas.On the product side, customers are slowly beginning not to care about the product, while downloads slip and competitors offer better products, many of them, like OneNote, free.
Glassdoors reviews of Evernote paint a picture of a company suffering internally from the things customers are seeing externally.
Josh decides to give advice
The lesson for management teams at other unicorns is clear from Evernote: Forget worrying about whether you’re going to be around in 100 years, and refocus on making products that people want that will make money.
“No point trying to convince people who are hellbent on being misunderstood” – Dr. A. R. Bernard