Bengaluru: Anand Pillai, Managing Director of Leadership Matters Inc, conducted an interactive seminar on understanding how to live a life of joy based on the book of Philippians on Saturday in Bengaluru. The Joy that Paul writes about (from prison) is based on a deep abiding commitment to trust in the Lord, not external circumstances.
Anand Pillai, who was the speaker, covered in the one day seminar points such as: How does the world’s formula for happiness differ from the biblical formula for Joy? Which do you think you tend to pursue the most often – Happiness or Joy? Why? What are joy killers in our life? How do we overcome them?
Life of Joy was based on a study on the book of Philippians which deajlt with what true joy is, that which cannot be found in a worldly formula. Anand Pillai is a world renowned speaker who makes a compelling case for the joy that comes from Christ alone.
In his introduction, Anand Pillai, who worked for 36 years in the corporate world, said that the book of the Philippians was written while the apostle Paul was behind prison bars anticipating death, around the year AD 60 or 61. It radiates the author’s exuberance and joy from within. It reflects a life which transcends human circumstances into higher levels of fulfillment and success. It reveals a deep intimate relationship with the maker and profound love for all His people.
Key themes emerging from the book included: In Christ, Fellowship, Unity and Joy. He said joy or some form of it is repeated at least 16 times. Paul cannot stop talking on joy, repeating it, reiterating it as he is bubbling all over with it. The result of being in Christ, enjoying fellowship and unity with His people, is joy, overflowing joy as Paul says “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice”.
For the secret of this joy, the study provides an insight into seven things that give us joy, seven things that rob us from joy, seven things that sustain our joy and seven promises to joy, peace and fulfillment.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is filled with positivity and confidence that can only come with a deep experiential knowledge of Christ. He yearns that they too experience this joy. He expresses his gratitude for their past support. Paul also writes the letter to: express his joy and thanksgiving in his imprisonment which God was using to spread the gospel; encourage them to rejoice and continue progressing in the faith and to reveal his peace, contentment and strength in Christ.
The spirit of peace, fulfillment, overflowing joy and strength runs throughout the veins of the letter. As in most of his communications, Paul leads from the front and leads by personal example to live the same joyous life in every situation.
Speaking on happiness and joy, Anand Pillai said, “The biblical model brings in a different perspective. It differentiates joy from happiness. It projects happiness as temporal and external, contrasting joy as long lasting and originating from within. The model of joy stems from the increasing presence and knowledge of Christ as a foundation, with lasting productivity and joy as an outcome.”
“Jesus lived in a spirit of joy. His desire was that his disciples experience not only joy but fullness of joy (John 15:11). The key motivation for Jesus to endure the cross was joy – as the author of the Hebrews portrays (Heb. 12:2). Hebrews also talks of Jesus being anointed with joy by God Himself (Heb. 1:9) Paul talks of overflowing joy in his address to the Philippians (Phil. 1:26).”
Quoting Paul, Anand Pillai outlines seven things that give us joy: obedient Christian life (Phil. 1:5, 6; 2:12,13); Ministry (1:12-18a); Answered Prayers (1:118b-19); Discipleship (1:26); Gentleness (4:4); Belonging to God’s family (4:10); Contentment (4:11,12). The seven things that rob our joy include: Disunity/discord among believers (Phil. 2:2; 4:2); Disobedient Christian life (2:12,13); Grumbling or arguing (2:14-16); Suffering/death of a fellow believer (2:27); Legalism (3:2,3); Carnal/worldly Christians (3:18,19); Worry and anxiety (4:6).
To sustain joy, Anand said, “Today is the day that is the start of our entire future and we need to live it to the hilt, savouring every moment. Seven steps to sustain joy is by living every day with: Positive Christ-like attitude (Phil. 2: 5-8); Pride killed daily (Phil. 2: 5-8); Progressive value system (Psalm 37:4); Perpetual renewal (Phil. 3:10); Painful truth (Phil. 3:12,13a); Past is past: forget and move on (Phil. 3:13); Pursue a goal larger than life (Phil. 3:14).”
Speaking on seven golden promises for joy, Anand Pillai explained that while we are straining our efforts towards the timeless eternal goal, God’s word is lined with promises to encourage and assure us that our joy will indeed be complete. We need to fasten these promises in our hearts to keep ourselves exuding joy in all situations. The book of Philippians is lined with some of the best promises from a God who has NEVER failed to keep His word. The seven golden promises include: Completion of the good work He began (Phil. 1:3-6); Clarity and guidance (3:15); Physical transformation (3:20,21); Peace of God (4:7); God of peace (4:9); Strength to accomplish all things (4:13); Provision of all needs (4:19).
Quoting C S Lewis, Anand said, Biblical Christianity: if false, is of no importance and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
In the words of Bill Hybels, he said, content and holy discontent are somewhere along the spectrum between inert complacency and unthinking, unfocused rage.
Anand Pillai, who came from a Hindu background. talked about his personal experiences from his family, the corporate situation and a wide range of analysis, instances and clarifications intermingled with light moments.
Earlier, Greg D’sa introduced the topic and presented Anand Pillai’s brief profile. Prior to the seminar, praise and worship including lovely singing took place which continued after coffee and lunch breaks.
The seminar was organized by GIIC (God is in Control), which is a part of the Bangalore Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (BCCRS), functioning under the Archbishop of Bangalore, Dr Bernard Moras.
Ministry of GIIC is to reach out to working people in all fields of life, to support them in enriching their spiritual life and their walk with Jesus. It is an inter-denominational programme. Christopher, one of the core members of GIIC presented a PPT on the details and activities of GIIC.
Benny John expressed gratitude in the form of a prayer, while all participants stretched their hands towards Anand Pillai.
Profile of Anand Pillai:
• Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership 2011
• HR Professional of the year 08-09 & 09-10
• Guest lecturer at Leading business schools like: Harvard Business School, MIT-Sloan, London Business School, IIM-A, IIM-L, SPJIMR, IMT, etc.,
Anand Pillai was the Sr. Executive Vice President & Chief Learning Officer at Reliance Industries Ltd. He was appointed to become a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership 2011, given his thought leadership in the field of Leadership & Innovation.
With more than 36 years of rich experience in the corporate world, Anand has handled challenging assignments in general management and as head of operations in companies such as TATA Group (10 years), Hughes Network Systems, Bay Networks and HCL. His passion for training and working with people led him to take on this role in developing the human capital.Anand has been involved in transformational training actively for the past 10 years and for the past 25 years as part of his management responsibilities. He has been a much sought after speaker in many national and international forums. He has been the distinguished speaker at the Fortune Innovation Forum in NY, USA (the only non-American speaker to be invited), at the Fortune Global Forum in New Delhi; NASSCOM, ISTD, CIO Summit – London; Great places to work conference – Singapore; World’s most democratic work places summit – Las Vegas; World HRD Congress, CII, etc.
His leadership and strong vision has succeeded in bringing many accolades and recognition to the company, like “Excellence in Training” for 07-08 & 08-09, at the Asia Pacific HR Excellence Awards “Contribution to the Field of Global Training and Development” & Outstanding contribution to the field of Education, at the Global HR Excellence Awards-2009 and 2010, Award for Talent management, Innovation in Employee Retention & Career management, Excellence in Training & HR Leadership award at the Employer Branding Awards. He has also been recognized as “HR Professional of the Year 2008-09” and also given the HR Leadership award at the Global HR Excellence Awards and Pride of the Industry at the Star of India awards.
Anand has been featured in the book “Leading with Wisdom” along with 30 other leaders (Steven Covey, Abdul Kalam to name a few) in the world. He is also featured in a new book “Open Source Leader” published by Penguin Publications.
He is certified to conduct leadership & management courses from various international bodies and is also a Certified Behavioral Analyst. Anand has specialized in advanced applications of Psychometric instruments (like MBTI, Firo-B, TKI, DISC., etc) in areas of Leadership, Communication, Sales & Customer relationship, negotiating for value and team building. He has done extensive research on cross cultural relationships, Intrapreneurship & Innovation and is widely consulted on these three subjects across the globe.