Archive for August, 2013

In Relationships #1#2, #3 and #4, I indicated that during my wanderings through the internet, I’d come across a lot of statements and quotes about relationships. So it time to share some more of my favourites:

  1. The most beautiful thing is to see a person you love smiling.  And even more beautiful is knowing that you
    are the reason behind it.i-love-you
  2. The one who is meant for you encourages you to be your best, but still loves and
    accepts you at your worst.
  3. If you feel like your ship is sinking, it might be a good time to throw out the stuff that’s been weighing it down. Let go of people who bring you down, and surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you.
  4. A great relationship is about two things: First, appreciating the similarities, and second, respecting the differences.
  5. You don’t really need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely.
  6. Nobody gets through life without losing someone they love, someone they need, or something they thought was meant to be. But it is these losses that make us stronger and eventually move us toward future opportunities.
  7. To the world, you might be just one person. But to one person, you might be the world.
  8. True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated.
  9. The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to move forward is the happiest.
  10. True friendship and true love do sustain the tests of distance and time.

My personal favourite is #6, simply because of where I am just now and how I’m feeling.

I hope that whatever loses you may have faced, you have become stronger for them and have been able to move forward with your life.

I was reminded again at the weekend of the song One Life To Live, that I used to sing (and latterly play the accompaniment for) when I was in Singing Company (junior choir) at Rutherglen Salvation Army.

It’s the first line of this song I want to consider today

One life to live, oh may I live for Thee

Yes, we all know it’s true that we just have this one chance at life on this earth. However that doesn’t stop us taking so many things of life for granted, until we don’t have it. e.g. Our health, a job, our family, a roof over our head and food on the table etc. So this is why I felt a gently remember is the order of the day today.

We only get one chance at life, so make the most of it, but please don’t forget that it was God who has given you life. So whatever you do in your life, make sure you live your life for God!

Romans 12:21 (NIV) – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post In the Confusion, today’s blog post is about reinforcing the belief that no matter what happens in our life, in our world, God will still win through.

There will be hope

There will be love

but most importantly

There will be God

One of my all-time favourite pieces of music, written by Joy Webb, is There Will Be God. I’ve found myself drawn back to this song many times over these last few weeks, as so many situation and events take place in this world around us that may cause many to question, “Where is God?”

Ten thousand years may pass away
And bring the dawning of a cosmic day;
Age after age, time after time hold its sway:
Man walks alone amidst uncertainty.
Only one thing can still make him strong;
In the pain, in the doubt, in the loneliness.
In the struggle of right against wrongs
Somewhere amidst the confusion,
There will be hope, there will be love, there will be God
 
All time will pass into eternity
And man must venture on a life unknown:
Journey alone, each to his own destiny:
In life or death, amidst uncertainty,
Only one thing can still make him strong:
In the pain, in the doubt, in the loneliness,
In the struggle of right against wrong:
Somewhere amidst the confusion,
There will be hope, there will be love, there will be God

What powerful words. Do you believe them?

There will be hope, there will be love, there will be God!

In a world where so many try to imitate or copy celebrities in their looks, their dress-sense, their actions and even the way they walk and talk, is there really anyone out there who is exactly who they are?

Of course there are, as not all of us and driven to act/look like celebrities. However I say that with one caveat…I may not take action to look or act more like today’s celebrities or star, but I do try my best to live my life like the one person I consider to be the Real Things, Christ.

How about you, are you trying to live your life in the image of the rich and famous, or are you trying to live like the Real Thing, Christ?

I’ve heard is said many times that” We must look after our young people because they are the future of our (Salvation) Army (church)”.

Personally I have a little bit of an issue with that statement, as I consider them to be the present and the future of our church!

Just because they are young, and very early in their Christian journey, doesn’t mean they don’t have deep personal experience of God in their lives already. Plus, whatever we  do or say to these youngsters just now in their formative years, will shape their Christian development and help mould them into the adults they will become.

So for me, the young folk in our church are a huge part of our present, because without them, our church has no future.

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In the past when talking about personal improvement, we used to talk about our strengths and weaknesses. However more recently the terminology has change, so that we now talk about “strengths” and “areas for improvement”.

So bearing this in mind, what are your weaknesses or areas for improvement in your life?

To be strong you must realise your human weakness and have the courage to ask for help from God and your fellow human beings

As the above statement implies, half the battle is actually recognising your own weaknesses, and being strong enough to realise when you need help from someone else to improve yourself. Therefore make sure you not only identify your weaknesses, but also be willing to ask for help, especially from God, to help you improve yourself as a person and achieve all you are capable of achieving.

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I’ve been asked several times in the last week why I sometimes blog about such personal things like my feelings and emotions. Well there is a simple answer, I do it because I think it is important that others going through similar experiences, know they are not alone.

tearsI know from my own experiences that when we are facing difficult situations, it can often seem like no-one else really knows or understands how you feel. I found it such a relief on several occasions when others privately told me they had experienced, or were currently experiencing what I was – It was simply good to know I wasn’t alone.

Our feelings and emotions or if you like, our mental health, are often things which people shy away from, and are almost embarrassed or ashamed to talk about. However, again from personal experience, I’ve found that it can often amaze you when certain people who you never ever would have though faced difficulties/struggles in their life, confide in you.

My aim in my blog posts when I’ve shared some of the struggles (e.g. in my recent post My Struggle – Faith of Family Members) I’ve been facing in my life with my emotions, has been to reassure those of you facing similar struggles, that you are not alone, and your experiences are not unique.

My hope is by sharing some of my experiences I can offer even a little bit of help and reassurance to someone who is struggling with all life has thrown their way.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, The Foundation #1, I want to consider how we make sure God is the foundation of all we do. The quote I used yesterday, actually answers this question:

Time with God should be the foundation for everything else in your life.

Yes, time with God. i.e. prayer. is how we ensure God is our cornerstone, our rock, our everything. Fitting in with my blog post today, here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Cornerstone:

word of godWhat do you consider to be the foundation on which you live your life? You family, your possessions, your job…

I try my best to make God the foundation on which I build the rest of my life. I do not always succeed though, not because God fails me, but because I fail God by going it alone (see my blog post from a couple of weeks ago as an example of this – Stay True).

I pray that God will continue to help me to keep Him at the centre of all I do, and I pray you will be the foundation for all you do in your life too.

Time with God should be the foundation for everything else in your life.