I recently heard the word ‘runaway’ on a TV programme which I wasn’t particularly watching, it was just a noise in the corner. I’ve found since then that since then I’ve thought about ‘runaways’ on a number of occasions since then, but wasn’t entirely sure why.

So I decided to think about this in more detail and find out why this word was nagging at me. First I though I’d think about ‘runaway’ situations:

  • Children or teenagers running away from home.
  • Running away from a dangerous of hazardous situation.
  • Not running away in the physical sense, but in an emotional sense when you try to distance yourself from emotional or stressful events or situations.
  • Again, not running away in the physical sense, but in an emotional sense when you try to distance yourself from a work situation you don’t want to get involved in.
  • Believing God exists and knowing you should trust Him, but failing to full give Him your all, means you’re running away from Him and His abundant love.

Running away can sometimes be the only option in some circumstances, for example when you’re in danger. However when it comes to running away from God, is there really a good reason to run? God has only ever offered each of us his love, forgiveness of our sins and everlasting life – All he wants in turn is our all. When we give him our all we can find that perfect peace we’ve been seeking for so long.

When we’re young, I’m we all were read stories by our parents at bedtime. When we go to school, we’re given stories to read ourselves and encouraged to read more stories ourselves.

I love reading, I always have, I think it was the fictional stories I was told or read that really caught my imagination and made me want to read more.

Were you inspired by the stories you read as youngster? Did you ever think you could write a bestseller or maybe I should ask did you ever wish you could write a bestseller?

I said the stories I read as  youngster, were fictional stories, and they are still my favourite – I like crime/detective stories best.

But stories don’t have to be fictional to be best sellers. In fact the best-selling books ever was not fictional, the bible! You may find some lists of best sellers do not include the bible, which I don’t understand, as if it’s not a book what is it!

Stories of love, hatred, instructions for life, adversity, parenting, deceit, war, life lessons, miracles…you name it, the bible has a story about it! So if you’ve never read the best-selling book of all time (or even if you have), why not start reading it today. Don’t be put of by the language in the bible, as many of the versions that are now available read just as stories, so you’d never realise you were even reading the bible if it wasn’t for all bible characters being mentioned!

I saw a post on Facebook which read,

Having a daughter is God’s way of saying “Here I thought you could do with a lifelong friend”

The post went on to say they loved their daughter and to share the post if you agreed.

It’s great saying you love your daughter, but to me, the post got me questioning, can you

  1. only get a lifelong friend by having a daughter?
  2. only have a daughter if you need a lifelong friend?

Personally thought this post was a bit inconsiderate and even a bit hurtful to those who, for whatever reason, do not have children.

It also felt as if it completely dismissed those who have no real friends so would love to have even one friend, never mind a lifelong friend.

There are many people in this world who are on their own, and have no-one they can call a friend – If the statement is true, do they not deserve a lifelong friend because they don’t have a daughter?

Similarly, there are many people in this world who would love to have a daughter, but for many reasons do not have one – If the statement is true, do they not have a daughter because they don’t deserve a lifelong friend?

I’ve noticed on many occasions, how insensitive others can be towards those who don’t have children – They can be treated like lepers, even although it’s not through choice that many don’t have children. So be sensitive in your words and actions when it comes to comments about people without children, because you probably have it completely wrong about why they don’t have any.

Do you wish you could help when you see someone in need?

Do you feel you’ve failed when you don’t manage to help someone in need?

Do you get emotional when you see others hurting?

Do you take things personally when others don’t agree with what you say or do?

Do you get annoyed at yourself when you don’t reach your targets or goals?

It’s great that we understand and see other’s pain.

It’s great that we wish we could help everyone.

It’s fantastic that we set ourselves goals and targets.

However because of how we feel in all these situations, that in turn can make us feel to emotional and almost responsible for everyone and everything.

So it is a blessing to know and understand when others are hurting, but it can make it more difficult to accept how life treats everyone, and therefore more difficult to accept life.

Over the last few months I’ve done a number of posts called ‘Slogans’. Today it’s time for another one!

In my previous “Slogans” posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Refreshes The Parts Other Beers Cannot Reach
  2. A hazelnut in every bite
  3. Has it changed your life yet?
  4. We are one
  5. You only get an ‘OO’ with…
  6. How do you eat yours
  7. Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s…
  8. Snap! Crackle! Pop!
  9. The power of cool
  10. The drive of your life

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Heineken
  2. Topic
  3. Compaq
  4. Calvin Klein CK one
  5. Typhoo
  6. Cadbury’s crème egg
  7. Maybelline
  8. Kellogs Rice Crispies
  9. Davidoff Cool Water
  10. Peugeot

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks/months, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

It can sadly be the case these days, that some churches have completely forgotten why they were built in the first place. I’ve heard of churches where there’s more in-fighting than caring for one another; churches where they simply seems to exist to promote their own achievements instead of promoting God in their community.

It’s sad isn’t it, because at the end of the day if we’re part of a church, we must be completely God focused, making sure our church is set for its mission, as directed by God.

This is the recipe I follow for life – Just like a recipe for baking or making food, even if you follow a recipe to the letter, it doesn’t always turn out as you expect. The difference with the life recipe is that even when it doesn’t work out as expected, God is always at the centre of everything that happens, so he continues to guide and teach me through every aspect of life.

This is the best recipe you will ever have for life, and it’s free! So I share it with you today so you too can experience life at it’s best.

I recently heard the song “Land of Confusion” by Genesis for the first time in a long while. The lyrics really struck me more this time than they had previously – maybe it’s because in the last few days I’ve been blogging about how we need to be the ones who help change this world for the better.

Anyway, I decided to look into the lyrics a little bit more, and found the following quotes from Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford:

Phil Collins called it, “A political song about the mess we have landed in.”

Mike Rutherford called this “a kind of ’80s protest song,” adding that, “It’s about how we live in a very nice world, and what a mess we’re making of it. How it should be all so easy and it’s all so difficult”.

Here’s some of the lyrics from this song:

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth living in.
Ooh superman where are you now
When everything’s gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.
This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there’s not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

Now can you see why the lyrics of this song seems to strike a chord with me? So just as I’ve said in the last few days that we need to be God to the world, so this song remind me again of the desperate state this world and the people in it are in. The world really does need God, so help tell the world about God, so that we see this world change from a land of confusion to one full of love and compassion for one another.

Here’s the original Genesis video for Land of Confusion – The video uses puppets created by Peter Fluck and Roger Law, who had a satirical TV series called Spitting Image. In the video, puppets of the Genesis musicians are featured, as well as some well-known political figures from that time.

Are you missing?

Posted: March 5, 2019 in advertising, church, quotes, religion
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I recently saw this photo on a website and it caught my attention.

Are you missing from church? If so, is it time you fixed your ‘sign’?

Going to church doesn’t make you Christian – It’s what you believe and give when you’re there that makes you a Christian. i.e. When you believe in God and give Him every part of you, then you are a Christian.

But even being a Christian isn’t enough, because what God wants each Christian to do is to live our lives in a Christian manner, praying for others and helping them whenever possible. Then others will see God through our words and actions. i.e. Be His church!