This thing called gambling.

This thing called gambling.

The recent spike in Kenyans making millions through gambling has sparked up the debate which has been on Kenyans minds since the betting industry started booming late last year. There have been supporters and opposition with the later having most of the limelight. This article seems to further seek what points from the scripture on the matter.

The reason gambling should be highly discouraged is for the vices that accompany it. The love of money, addiction, covetousness, laziness accompanied with wishful thinking, the love of worldly things as well as other reasons. These verses below speak on the vices highlighted.

Mark 8:36 (NKJV), “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”

Hebrews 13:5 (ESV), “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NASB), “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.”

1 John 2:16 ESV: For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

These factors should not be ignored and should lead our discouragement towards it. It, however, should be noted that gambling isn’t rooted in evil. Nobody is forced to gamble and it simply relies on the concept of accumulating of funds from volunteers on the basis of the rule of chance.

1 Timothy 6:10King James Version (KJV): 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

We do not all love money but we all need it. The bible very clearly highlights that the love of it will bring sorrows and will be a pathway to evil. It, however, cannot be a true claim that everyone who gambles loves money.

There are those who argue that unemployment has caused many to turn to gambling as a source of income. Advice to them would be to turn to God.

Deuteronomy 8:18New International Version (NIV): 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

The LORD is well and able to provide for the needs of those who truly follow him. It is important to remember that what one wants is not necessarily what one needs.

Psalms 34: 9 (NASB), O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want. 10: The young lions do lack and suffer hunger, But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

There has been good and bad that has come from gambling with the negative overwhelming the positive. For this reason, something that will highly bring negative results should not be discouraged but it should not be a selling point that absolutely no good can come from it. That would be dishonest. Any good thing that we say has come from God has to be put through God’s checklist and not our own for what may be good in our eyes may not be good in God’s. It is very possible but difficult for someone to gamble and improve their life from it but the chances are extremely slim and with all the vices involved, it is not worth the risk.

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Decide your story

Decide your story

Unending peace and limitless love,

Infinite mercy and grace,

Access to He who has no one above,

No discrimination of tribe, family or race,

Giver of slumber and rest,

Comfort in times of distress,

One who wishes for you only the best,

And isn’t there to impress,

All this there for the taking,

Yet you decide not to have it,

I ask why?

Why book a spot in the world of despair?

Why put your trust on mortal man?

Why live a life without care?

Why not choose one who has a plan?

Why shy off from glory?

For you think things will just merrily flow,

Although the Lord is writing your story,

You decide how it will go.

Intrapersonality

Intrapersonality

The year has just begun and the word I see being thrown around a lot is ‘new.’ New meaning a change from the usual, a turn from the old. I’d like to assume that the change to be desired is a positive one and that’s what the topic of intrapersonality is about..somehow.

Intrapersonality is a word I’ve made up from the phrase intrapersonal communication that means communicating within oneself. Intrapersonality is that dominant voice within yourself. Inherently there is more than one voice or thought when making a decision and the one we tend to listen to most forms our intrapersonality. The stronger and more goal-oriented your intrapersonality, the better for you.

Don’t worry, it will get clearer as we move along.

The most limiting factor to one’s success is oneself. Yes there are environmental factors such as finances, physical constraints and all that but one can still have the required resources and not reach their goals- that’s only because of themselves. That’s why people get amazed when a man with no limbs starts swimming  or someone underprivileged achieves success that was unexpected: they didn’t have the physical resources required to achieve what they did but they still did it. This shows that there is a resource that we all have yet few of us exploit and that is ourselves. I firmly believe that having a strong intrapersonality is one of the best, if not the best, ways of tapping into this resource.

Think of it this way. A student wants to do an assignment or an employee has a report to hand in and they are using the internet for research. In this day and age it is not uncommon to find someone drifting off into websites such as Facebook, YouTube or even WordPress and completely being distracted from the task at hand. I myself had to fight my way through two other sites before I finally began writing this blog.

The only one at fault here is the student or the employee. They made a conscious decision to go and to stay in these websites. To stop being distracted all they have to do is to close the webpages. That’s easier said than done and this is where intrapersonality comes in. They themselves know that they’re supposed to be working and have that voice inside their heads as a constant reminder. They’re having a conversation at the back of their minds on whether they should go on or not. Resultantly, the more convincing or ‘stronger’ voice wins.

It may seem that the decision leading to that distraction is unconscious or automatic. Making the choice to go to that website is a decision that went through one’s mind, so is the decision to remain there. The constant listening to the negative voice is what made it so strong that one feels that they can’t help it anymore.

I now believe that you have a hint to what I’m talking about. What we have to do is simply make sure that the ‘sane’ voice, the voice telling us to go back to work, to stop that bad habit, not to procrastinate, that we don’t have to stay in bed for five more minutes, that we don’t have to watch one more episode.. we have to make sure that voice wins. All those little rules and little laws we set for ourselves aren’t set in stone- we are the governing bodies, just as we set them we can change or break them. The sooner you realize that you are the greatest enemy to your own progress the sooner you can start progressing.

We now know who and what the problem is , the how is what I want to highlight. It’s very simple. In forming your intapersonality, there are opposing voices, and once you have established them, feed the side in line with your goal.

An example. It’s morning. You had planned to go jogging. You start having that conversation of whether you should leave bed or stay. Both sides will have seemingly valid arguments but you will tend to give one side more preference and that side will next time be stronger. What you want to do is consciously choose the side that’ll help accomplish your goal. Once you make that conscious decision the first time then it will be subsequently easier. Once you get out of bed once, it will be easier the next time. What you are doing  in very simplistic terms is feeding the side in line with your goal and making your intrapersonality more positively oriented.

Making that conscious decision will give yourself an advantage with future conversations, it will make the discussion shorter and more effective. This will turn negative decisions and habits into positive ones. Once you win the war within yourself you will be better placed to battle the wars of life.

So make a conscious decision to positively strengthen your intrapersonality and don’t let the calendar be the only thing that changes this year.

Power of perception.

Power of perception.

This life has a lot of ups and downs and it may seem that the downs are more but that isn’t really the case. It just that we don’t consider most of the ups and emphasize on the negative. Its human nature.

Another not so good part of human nature is the difficulty in accepting the pitfalls in life, keeping on focusing on those negative occurrences and letting them eat us up and affect our present and future negatively. We choose to be burdened by what we could have done to make it better, how we could have acted, constantly reminding ourselves of our failures and denying ourselves future victories.

This all comes down to how we perceive the situations we are in and how we react to them. 

Lets say you are a student and you have one hour to read forty pages, or maybe even two hours before that test or examination. My experience with other people experiencing these or similar situations is that they will use most of the time lamenting of how they should have read and how they can’t finish reading in time. All this anxiety they are harboring can be averted when you accept the situation that yes, you haven’t read, you can’t change the past, what you can do is make the most of your present so as to positively affect your future.

The example above was just an example of many situations in life that we let “get to us”. Another example is someone who has invested into a venture. Maybe you have a farm and you have worked and toiled but the rains don’t come or your farm gets attacked by pests. There are two reactions to this. The farmer could give up or blame the heavens for not producing rain, and nature for bringing pests but that wont change anything. It will only add negativity to the situation. The farmer could also analyse the situation, accept it and learn from it by ensuring that there’s enough pesticide and a water irrigation system next planting season.

The best thing we can do with failure is learn from it. Blaming yourself or others is only beneficial if it will help you turn around that certain negative aspect about you. If whatever action you take after a problem occurs will not have a positive impact then it is nothing but a waste of time or another problem.

Think of life decisions as fruit on a tree. You have the choice of choosing the fruit, you make the effort to pick it. You however do not have the power to make it sweet or bitter, yes it may have looked ripe and juicy but beyond your perception the taste of the fruit is up to the tree and if the fruit is bitter you may get bitter and throw away the seeds thus wasting them or you may go plant them somewhere else and give rise to other fruits some sweet some bitter.

The same applies to life. Yes you make a decision, you put effort into it but the outcome may or may not be what you expect and whether or not you like it you will have to live with it.The only thing that we have control over the outcome is where we go after we die and that is my Christian viewpoint. All these other things in life we can just give our all, pray to God and hope for the best. The sooner we realize that we are the ones who make our life so hard the sooner we can change it. Its not easy but its not impossible either.

In the world we live in.

In the world we live in.

We live in a world full of sorrow and pain,

Where people only think of what they will gain,

Where the end defines the means and people are greedy,

Where the rich are increasing at the price of the needy,

Where an eye for an eye is the golden rule,

Where doing the right thing makes you look like a fool,

Where we cut down trees as if they are weeds,

Where people go for their wants instead of their needs,

Where people die of hunger while others are obese,

Where hurting people is regarded as a means to get peace,

Where the love of money has broke bonds,

Where seas of happiness have been reduced to ponds,

But in the same world there are people of love,

People who put their needs below and others  above,

People of good character and strength,

Who strive to do whats right no matter the lengths,

People who do what they can to help others,

Who treat everyone as their sisters and brothers,

They don’t care about money, prestige or fame,

Of what cars they drive of how many know his name,

They just want to make a difference, no matter how small,

To be there for others and answer their calls,

They are in the same wold which is full of wrong,

But they refuse to be swayed and stay strong,

Now its for us to decide,

The part we belong.

You are only young once

You are only young once

You’re only young once don’t waste it,

You have only one chance to taste it,

Your youth is precious, embrace it,

Cause there’s no other person to face it,

But remember the Lord is watching,

Any plan that you may be plotting,

I’m not telling you not to have fun,

But remember you’re judgement will come,

Be careful of what you say and do,

Because not everything is good for you,

What seems out there as really cool,

Might leave you looking pitiful,

Be careful of the friends you make,

Some may turn out to be fake,

You may think they will be with you through thick and thin,

But they may desert you once you do not win,

Look to good mentors for inspiration,

To better the life of your generation,

Enrich your mind with education,

Find truth behind speculation,

Be mindful of the crowd,

You may do things in silent , but the effect will be loud,

Follow God and obey his laws,

Unlike others He does not care about your flaws,

The Holy Spirit will guide you free of charge,

Help you out of problems, small and large,

Always pray to God if you need anything,

You will be surprised at what goodness he can bring,

What you pray for may not always be what you get,

But God knows what He is doing so do not get upset,

So enjoy your youth and keep your faith strong,

You are only young once, and its not for long.

Blog Intro.

Hello there,

My name is Andrew Rubia but you can call me Rubeast. I am writing this intro so as to not have to explain myself for any future misunderstandings. It contains an outline of what to expect but it is not an extensive list :

  • The blog that I am about to begin will have no central topic. I will simply type about what I deem fit at the time.
  • I have the utmost respect people who follow all  rules of grammar and punctuation to the letter and those who flavor their blogs with nothing but the  best styles of  writing but do not expect me to be one of those people.This is not to say that I am expecting myself to make mistakes but I am just notifying you that I am not known for having the best spellings and saying although I will try my best.This is also to notify you that I will be using a mixture of both United States and United Kingdom English together with any other language I prefer and finally my writings do not reflect my level of education that I have gone through I thoroughly respect my teachers who have provide the best quality of education I could ask for and thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to learn.
  • If you have any comment,questions,suggestions,opinions,remarks(good or bad).Please feel free to share them with me although I request that you refrain from using any vulgar or perverse language as I intend to be as family friendly as possible.Otherwise ,don’t hold back. 
  • I apologize in advance if I offend any of you in any way,I do not intend to bring any negativity into any persons lives and if I do please do not hesitate to notify me immediately.
  • I am a Chelsea FC fan (it is a football team that plays in the Barclays Premier League) and I always will be so if I make any offensive remarks about any other team just know that I am joking and I am sorry. 
  • I am a generally busy guy so don’t expect me to be  very consistent in posting new blogs.
  • I am not a professional gamer but I would love to be.For now I am just doing m best to play as many games as I can the best way I can. So expect some game reviews. 
  • I am proud to be a Christian an I am trying my best to be a good one.The name Beast does not represent any creature and is simply a nickname which I have grown fond of.

By the way I have another blog (https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8383505305973392939#allposts)

To God be the glory.

Thanks for reading.