Without Me, you can do nothing.

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“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” – John 15:5 While we make plans and put in all the efforts in all areas of life, we must realise that we need God to make our plans succeed. This extends to our marriage. It is important to make plans and do our best to build a marriage fit for champions, but we must also realise that we need God and without Him we can do nothing. The Bible Continue reading

Look Inside of You

“You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the circle of life.” – Mufasa’s ghost in Lion King. Even though Disney describes the Lion King as a rip-roaring comedy with an uplifting message of courage, loyalty and hope. This scene in Lion King brought tears to my eyes. As Simba listened to his father’s ghost urging him to remember himself and take up his position as king, it was almost as if the accompanying song – “He lives in Continue reading

Leadership worthy of emulation

Politicians realise that a “good” marriage is perceived as a sign of their ability to lead and they do their best to portray their marriage in a good light. I was particularly impressed by the pictures of Romney kissing his wife and President Obama hugging his wife after their second debate. I wonder how many voters would be moved by something as mundane as that. A good marriage clearly raises a leader’s profile. I believe Prince William’s profile has being enhanced by his marriage to Kate Middleton and just think what would happen to people’s perception of Prince Harry when Continue reading

Date Nights

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An article in the London Metro on Friday had this title – “Only a PM has the time for romantic date nights.” I thought Presidents and Prime Ministers only kiss and hug after debates and speeches… apparently they go on dates and romantic night outs too! No wonder the economy is in such a mess!! Only God knows what they get up to when we are not looking! The article talks about UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and his wife, Samantha taking time out to go for a curry together during the party conference in Birmingham (on David’s birthday) and also Continue reading

Marriage & Leadership

With party conferences in the U.K. and the U.S, presidential elections heating up – Our focus shifts to Marriage and Leadership. Have you noticed how leaders always try to show affection to their spouses at party conferences and debates – hugging each other and presenting a united front? We saw the American candidates kissing and hugging their wives after the 1st debate in Denver. The world is keen to make us believe that marriage doesn’t matter much these days. Yet these leaders realise the importance of marriage and the impact that their marriage has on their chances of being elected. Continue reading

Two are better than one

Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help…(Ecclesiastes 4: 9 – 10a) On  Wednesday, October 3rd in Denver, the race to choose the next American president entered  another stage with the two candidates meeting on the first debate as part of their campaigns. That day was also the 20th wedding anniversary of the incumbent US president – Barack Obama. Obama greeted his wife in his opening remarks at the debate and also tweeted earlier on in the day, “Twenty years ago today, I married Continue reading

Perseverance

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Perseverance refers to a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose or state, etc, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. Perseverance is what keeps you going on that journey to achieve your goal. There will definitely be lots of challenges, difficulties, conflict of opinion, frustration etc along the way, but a steady persistence in your purpose will get you there. Perseverance does not try to ignore the difficulties or discouragement. No, it accepts them and looks for ways to overcome the challenges. A true mark of champions lies in the difficulties that they have been able Continue reading

Self Belief

Self belief is one of the key attributes that defines an Olympic Champion. They become champions the moment they realise that they are capable of acheiving what it takes to take part in the Olympics. Everyone who competes in the Olympics had that self belief that they can be the best and that would have contributed to their getting up daily and putting in hours and hours of practice. The journey to becoming a champion in any area of life starts with self belief. Self-belief, – a trust in one’s positive characteristics, self confidence or self worth , It requires Continue reading

Marriage and The Olympics

“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication” – Herb Elliot. Australian Athlete, Olympic Gold Medallist (Rome, 1960) When Pierre de Coubertin started the modern Olympics, one of his goals was for the Olympics to be used as an inspiration in other areas of life. The games have been used to inspire sports and businesses – but for the first time, we are looking at the Olympics and Continue reading