Archive for June, 2018

So we’re now down to the last 16 in the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia – The group stages gave us  moments of shock and surprise at some of the results, and others games thrilled us with the skillful play that was on show. Yes, some will already have lost interest in what’s to come in the next few weeks as their country failed to qualify from the group stage. But for those whose country is still in the competition or those true football fan, I’m sure they are looking forward to some great games, fantastic goals and some silky skills.

But as of Monday, football will not be the only sport on offer for sports fans for a couple of weeks – On Monday Wimbledon starts, so all tennis fans will be glued to their TVs as much as they can to catch a glimpse of their favourite players.

So who’s going to win Wimbledon this year? One of those who’ve won in previous years, such as, in the men’s draw, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic; or in the ladies draw Serena Williams, Petra Kvitová, Garbiñe Muguruza or Venus Williams?

But with Murray and Federer just finding their way back after injury, Djokovic going from playing his best tennis to his worst all within one match, is it really set up for Nadal to succeed again? But then it’s Wimbledon and he’s not done too well there in the last few year, is it really his time again, or will one of the outsiders rise to the occasion?

When the comes to the women’s draw, I think it’s quite open again, as there hasn’t been the one or two players who’ve dominated tournaments for a while. So a previous winner to triumph again, or will we get a new champion for 2018?

Who do you think is going to win the Wimbledon singles titles this year?

So today I want you to think about everything you say and everything you do. It may seem like a ridiculous requests as everyday we each say thousands of words and do  many things, but there is a reason…sometimes we can be guilty of just jumping in and saying or doing something without thinking about how our words or actions will make others feel or impact their lives.

So today, just think before you say or do anything, and if your answer to any of the following questions is ‘No’, reconsider what you were about to say or do.

Do you ever find yourself talking to yourself?

I have, so I suspect many of us have done this at one time or another.

So think back to times when you’ve been talking to yourself, did you really listen to what you were telling yourself? Were your own ‘words of wisdom’ really words of wisdom or were they really thoughts that you don’t really want to be having?

So be careful what you listen to, including the words you say to yourself, because they may influence you in a way you don’t want.

Make your words to others, and to yourself, positive and helpful, otherwise neither others or yourself will want to come to you for help.

 

We all want to be treated with respect don’t we. How we treat others can often influence how others treat us. So make sure you treat others the way you want others to treat you…lead the way.

Do you every get envious of others…even just a little bit?

I’m sure we’ve all seen someone who is clearly envious of someone else. It’s sad when we see someone putting someone else down just because they are jealous or envious of who that person is.

I wonder if it actually makes them feel any better, putting someone else down? Just remember…

Hebrews 10:32-35 (NIV)
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

We may not face daily persecution because of our Christian beliefs, however many do. Yes, like many of you I’ll have been called names, shouted but nothing like the level of persecution some in other countries have to endure because they believe in God.

Can you imagine still having the strength and courage to openly share your faith, even when others persecute you because of it. I’m not sure my faith would be strong is enough in that situation, is yours?

How are you at remembering people’s names?

How are you at remembering dates and times you attend events or functions?

How are you at remembering things in general, such as jokes or quotes?

I’m not very good at remembering any of things if I’m honest. Those of you who know me, will know that if I don’t write something down, the chances of me doing it are slim! Those of you who know me will also know that names aren’t my strong point either.

I’m always find it amazing when others are able to quote bible verse after bible verse without needing to look anything up. Maybe it’s just because I struggle to remember anything without writing it down or looking it up!

At the end of the day though, does it really matter whether we can quote word for word from the bible? The most important thing is surely that we live as God wants us to live!

 

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

There was a brief period when my siblings and I came home from elementary school to find small presents on our beds—our mother called them happies. One time there was a sticker book and three or four sheets of stickers, the good kind, that were sparkly or puffy or scratch-and-sniff. My favorites were the shiniest, most delicious things: ice cream cones, squishy and pink; sundaes topped with whipped cream and a single cherry. We didn’t know what had sparked the happies, but now that I’m older, I realize they must have arrived around the time when money became a concern. Those small gifts were proof that things were okay. ~ Mary Miller

Sometimes a gift may not seem like the ‘best gift’ at the time. However when you look back at it years later, you come to realise just how great a gift it was.

Within the space of a week, there have been three significant fires in or around Glasgow (there may have been others, but these are the ones I’m aware of).

The most recent was at a Land Rover car dealership in Motherwell. This fire was thought to have been started deliberately, and has been estimated to have cause about £850,000 of damage.

Just the day before that there was a fire in Hamilton in a disused hotel, the Hamilton Town Hotel. This building was due to be demolished to make way for a new £7m hotel.

And final, last Friday night, the fire which I’m sure you are all aware of, the second fire in the space of four years at the internationally renowned Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The fire this time was much worse, and in fact spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue.

At the time of the fire last week, the Mackintosh library (an A-listed building), was being restored in a project estimated to be costing £35m, was due to reopen next year.

Thankfully in each of these recent fires, no-one has been injured. However when it comes to the impact of the fire on the surrounding area and community, the fire at GSA has by far had the greatest impact. Many have expressed deep sadness, and used words such as ‘devastating’ and ‘shocking’, to describe this latest fire.

We still don’t know what caused this latest fire at GSA, and it’s also unclear whether any of the building will need to be demolished, or whether it’s going to be possible to save it.

GSA has been an iconic part of Glasgow for so many years, that for those of us who consider Glasgow to be home, it seems hard to contemplate our city without those beautiful buildings anymore. So let’s hope that once again, GSA can be rebuilt from the embers, and come back restored to its former beauty once again.

Matthew 11:28 (The Passion Translation)

“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.”

It can seem as if there’s no point carrying on when life gets difficult, but if we give all our worries and troubles to God and leave them there, we can be sure God will give us the strength to carry on.

So give God all your problems, and let Him give you all you need to make it through your storm.