It used to be that when pedestrians wanted to cross a road that had no pedestrian crossing or zebra crossing, they would stop at the edge of the pavement, look both ways and only then if there was no traffic coming, would they then walk across the road.

I’ve found recently that while most still do this, there are an increasing number of people who when waning to cross less busy side roads, will:

  • not bother to stop at the edge of the pavement and check for on-coming vehicles, and just step out onto the roads without looking; or
  • stop at the edge of the pavement, look both ways for on-coming traffic, but even if there are vehicles coming, they still start walking across the road at normal or leisurely speed so vehicles have to slow down to avoid hitting them.

What is it about a car coming towards you at 30 mph or less, that makes a person think it’s ok, they’ll slow down and won’t hit me. From my own experience the people who now seem to be ignoring cars coming towards them are those in their teenage years through to mid twenties.

Drivers have always had to be responsible for being in control of their vehicle to ensure they do not hit anything or anyone, but we used to get help from pedestrians, as they used to attempt to look after themselves by not intentionally walking across a road when a car or vehicle was coming towards them.

I have no idea why this seems to be an increasing problem, but it does strike me as just another thing where there’s a lack of respect towards other people. In other words it seems they feel it’s the driver’s responsibility not to hit them, and that it’s not their fault if they cause the driver a problem!

Come on folks, take care of yourself by crossing the road responsibly, and not just walking out onto the road when a vehicle is coming towards you!

We have 2 ears, but do we always use them to listen?

I’m sure we can all think of times when we’ve been talking to someone, but we are very aware that they aren’t really listening to us.

So what signs do they give out that tell us they’re not really listening? Looking around, but not looking at you; doing something else while you’re talking task such as typing an email, writing a note, or reading a document; saying ‘Yes’ or nodding agreement at random times without making eye contact with you.

When you are the one that’s talking, it can be annoying and frustrating when you know those you’re talking to aren’t really listening. That said, can we honestly say we always give our full attention to others when they are talking to us?

How about when you spend quiet time with God, do you listen completely to God, or are you distracted why things around you, or do your thoughts wander onto other people or things?

Just as it’s annoying tor us when others don’t listen to us when we’re talking, I’m sure God must get frustrated at us when we don’t focus 100% on Him.

So listen to others when they speak to you. Most importantly, listen to God.

Preparing

Posted: September 14, 2017 in belief, education, Employment, faith, life, religion, school, sport, university
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When you’re taking part is a sports competition, you prepare for the competition by training and practicing to perfect your skills.

When at school, college or university, to prepare for exams, you spend time studying so you have as much knowledge as possible for the exams.

Likewise if you have a presentation to do at work, you don’t leave that until the last-minute to put your presentation together. Instead you spend time preparing your presentation in advance so you are confident of what you want to say and the message you want to get across to the listeners.

How about life in general, how do we prepare for that? There’s a simple answer to that, have faith in God!

Even when we’re going through what seems like tough times, we must always remember God has a plan for our lives.

Unbelief

Posted: September 13, 2017 in belief, depression, life, love, music, religion
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We all have times of unbelief, but it’s what we do during those times that determine our future.

During times of unbelief it’s important to recognise that it’s the devil trying to convince you that God doesn’t exist and doesn’t care about you. God will always love you, even in your moments of greatest doubt, we just need to keep on believing.

Believing is the best thing we can do to help our unbelief!

Wow! That certainly got me taking a much closer look at myself. Am I living my life in a way that others will see Christ through me? If I’m honest with you and with God, no, it doesn’t.

Today I pray that God will help me to be the person He wants me to be, so others can see Him through the way I lead my life.

How about you, can others see Christ in you?

When those around us dismiss God and tell us we’re crazy to believe in his existence, we must stay strong, and keep on believing in Him.

We need God’s strength and courage to help us in those situations, so stay strong.

To the ends of the earth we will go
Fill us with power
For the truth of Your word we will stand
Give us Your courage

When hope is gone, what do you do, or where do you go?

We will all have times in our life when we can feel as if there is no hope for us, or someone we love. It’s at times like these that we are most in need of the reassurance and knowledge of God’s presence in our life. Sadly though, this is often the time when to us, God seems further away.

How wrong we are! God is always with us, and is there to help and support us, we just need to believe in Him!

So when things seem hopeless, you’re struggling with pain and sorrow, remember God is the greatest healer.

When the Tears Fall by Newsboys

I’ve had questions, without answers
I’ve known sorrow, I have known pain
But there’s one thing, that I’ll cling to
You are faithful, Jesus You’re true

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

In the lone hour of my sorrow
Through the darkest night of my soul
You surround me and sustain me
My defender, forevermore

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

And I will praise You, I will praise You
When the tears fall, still I will sing to You
And I will praise You, Jesus praise You
Through the suffering still I will sing

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

Oh yes, You are good to me
You’ve always been good to me
So trustworthy

When hope is lost, I’ll call You saviour
When pain surrounds, I’ll call You healer
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart

And I will praise You, and I will praise You
When the tears fall, still I will sing to You (I will sing to You)
I will praise You, Jesus praise You
Through the suffering still I will sing

How faithful and true
Sustain me through and through
You are hope and truth
You must bring a little water
You must bring a little water

In the lone hour of my sorrow

Who springs never fail
Be faithful and true
Like…
Like a spring it never fails
You’re my spring never fails

How many times have you heard someone say they?

In this last week, I’ve heard it said several times each day!

Is life really too short? I guess it depends whether you make the best use of your time doesn’t it?

We complain that we are too busy, that we don’t have time to do this or that, but are we really? Is it not just that we waste some of our time procrastinating, sitting about feeling sorry for ourselves or simply watching tv.

So just a gentle reminder that your life will be exactly how long it is meant to be. You can’t do anything to change how long you are here on earth, but you can change how much of an impact your words and actions have on others while you’re here.

Go on, live your life to the full because life is not too short to achieve all you have to!

What are you focusing on these days? Your job, your family, friendships, your job or maybe yourself?

So where does God fit in? Is He in your focus at all, or does He just come into your life when all other things are complete?

If we don’t focus on God each day, we will not achieve all the things we hope to achieve. We need God’s help to succeed, so focus on Him, and He will focus on you, always.

Out of sight, out of mind.

For some things this is definitely true, but when it comes to those we love, they are definitely not out of our mind when they are not around.

Whether we have loved ones who are working far from home or moved to another country, they are in our mind, even if we don’t speak to them as often as we used to do.

For those loved ones who have passed away, they too are definitely not far from our mind even although they are no longer here. If anything they are on our mind more, because we miss them, and wish we could have more time with them.

Do we feel the same when it comes to our friends, neighbours, colleagues and fellow christians? In other words, if we don’t see any of these people one day, do we just ignore that and carry  on, not bothering to check they are ok, or do we keep them in our mind, check up on them, and pray for them?

Don’t let anyone you know fall out of your thoughts just because you don’t see them as regularly as you used to.