You see your neighbours out in their garden, or in the street. You see your work colleagues in the office. You see your friends in your house or theirs. But do you really know any of them?

We can all be very judgemental of others at times simply because of what we see when we look at them. However what we see of people in public is often just a small part of them, so remember what you see of someone is probably not the “real” person.

Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles that nobody knows about. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Struggles in life can be hard at the time, but they definitely make us stronger people, and make us the people we are today. Don’t judge someone by what you see, as they may be fighting a battle behind closed doors that you know nothing about.

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At a time when many have just received their school exam results, this quote from Nicky Gumbel seems particularly applicable:

Your age doesn’t define your maturity; your grades don’t define your ability; and what people say about you doesn’t define who you are.

So if you or your children or friends have received your exam results i these last few weeks, please remember that no matter how good, or bad, those results are, they will not define who you are today or the person you will become in the future.

Your exam results may have been exactly what you wanted and that is great. But if they weren’t, it’s not a disaster, it simply means you may need to make a few changes to how you want your future to unfold, but you can do it, and you can achieve exactly what you want to achieve.

When you’re in love it doesn’t mean the rest of your life will be full of happiness all the time. Life will be just the same, with ups and downs, however it does mean you’ll have someone you love to share all those times with.

Yesterday I spoke about the postcards we used to send our family and friends when we went on holiday, and how many times they would tell them “wish you were here”.

There are of course other times when we say “wish you were here”, and sadly at those times, that wish will never come true. When someone we love dies, it is of course a very emotional and difficult time, and so we may find ourselves saying we wish they were still here with us.

While we may wish those we love and care about will be with us forever, in reality it isn’t going to happen, because the only certain thing about life is that we will all die at some point. I don’t mean to make this a really morbid post, so I simply want to remind you that even through the hurt and heartache of losing someone we love, we must hold onto the precious moments we have spent with them. It won’t take away our heartache, but it will help you remember them just the way you loved them.

So yes, we wish our loved ones were still here with us, but if we keep focused on our memories, when we close our eyes, they will almost be here with us again.

Do you still send postcards when you go in holiday?

I guess most people probably don’t send postcards anymore when they’re on holiday as there is a much quicker and easier way to show your friends and family how your holiday is going, and that’s via social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to name but a few.

Now that we share photos and info about our holidays immediately with our friends and family, so we still have the same sentiment of wishing they were ‘here’ with us?

I suspect while we might be happy for some of our friends and family to be with us, we actually enjoy our time away from everyone, and away from our everyday lives. We would miss our friends and family if they weren’t with us, so I’m sure in reality, in our everyday lives, we do wish our friends and family to be with us.

Not ready #2

Posted: August 14, 2018 in belief, blogging, heart, life, love, music, Relationships, religion
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Yesterday in my blog, I spoke about whether you like to be ready in plenty of time for all events/meeting you attend.

Here’s today’s question? Are you ready for God?

God is always ready to accept our invitation into our life, so we simply need to accept God as our saviour  and invite him into our heart. The only preparation we need to make is to give up all the things in our life which go against what God wants us to be. i.e. we need to seek his forgiveness, we need to want to be more like Him.

If you’ve not already accepted God into you’re life, get ready to say “yes” to God today.

How many times when you were younger did your parents shout to you, “Are you ready to go?”

Throughout our lives we have to get ourselves ready for time for specific events or meetings. Are you the kind of person who likes to be ready on time, or are you someone who rushes around at the last minutes, or are you the person who always turns up a few minutes late?

When I was younger I used to always be running at the last-minute to get to events or meetings, but these days I’m the complete opposite as I always try to be early for everything I’m expected to attend.

However, just because I like to be ready in time for events, doesn’t always mean I’m fully prepared! I might have got myself to the events or meeting place on time, but it doesn’t mean I’ve done all the preparatory work I should have done. When this happens, I never quite get out the event or meeting what I hoped, and that is the lesson I’ve learned…that I need to make sure I’m fully prepared.

Is it just a coincidence that “do not be afraid” is written in the bible 365 times?

I would doubt it – every message in the bible is a direct message from God. So to tell us something 365 times, suggests to me that God wants us to remember that He is with us every day, no matter what each day brings, therefore there’s no reason for us to fear what lies ahead, for us or for those we love.

It seems like only a few weeks ago it was Christmas 2017 and we were heading into 2018, so how are we nearly half-way through August already!

I know some say that time seems to pass quicker the older we get.

I’m not sure I necessarily agree with that, as I think it’s just that everyone is so busy these days that our days go by much quicker than they used to.

In a time where technology allows us to communicate with others 24/7, keep up to date with news and events both home and abroad throughout the day and night, is it any wonder we all find ourselves living busy lives?

It’s always at the back of my mind though that there are so many people who don’t have any family or friends to call on, or talk to.

Isolated, alone and feeling like no-one cares about them.

Isn’t it time we start to care about everyone in the community?

It’s our responsibility as neighbours, colleagues, friends, to look out for those who have no-one else.

I therefore challenge you today to be the person who makes a positive difference in someone else’s life today – Will you take up my challenge?

Is today, “Just another day” for you?

Can I suggest that everyday should never be “Just another day”.

Maybe we go through the same routine everyday. e.g. get up, breakfast, shower, get dressed, drive to work, work, drive home, make dinner, watch tv, go to bed and then repeat. But just because every day we do the same things, still doesn’t make every day “Just another day”.

While we may do the same routine each day, those we meet and interact with may vary, and even if some of them are the same, how each of those people feel each day, may vary widely, and that’s what make every day, not just another day.

Each day we must consider those around us, how they are feeling, what issues they may be dealing with which we know nothing about. So be considerate and compassionate at all times, because we do not know what anyone else is going through.