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When at school no matter how good I was at sports, I was always one of the last people to picked to be in a team during the sports lessons (though I was picked in the school teams). I never quite got that at the time, as I was always quite good at racket sports, football, volleyball etc, but still never got picked until there was nobody else left. Looking back these days, I now realise that while maybe my focus would have been on picking people to help my team win, others were simply picking their friends to be in their team, and that explains why I was always left to the end!

While I may not have been chosen to be part of a team chosen by my so-called fiends, and that hurt, I do know that I have still been chosen.

Ephesians 1:4-6 (The Message)

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

God has chosen me to be me. He’s chosen me to be part of his family. He doesn’t care what I’ve done in the past. All he wants is for me to seek Him as my friend and saviour. I’ve done that and the good news is, He has also chosen you – All you have to do is seek him.

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.

My first-grade teacher, Mr. Applebaum, noticed that I liked to draw more than the typical 7-year-old, so one day he gave me a blue three-ring binder full of blank loose-leaf paper. It was the first sketchbook I ever owned. More than 30 years later, I’ve filled hundreds of them. Sure, it was just a bunch of paper, but what he really gave me was the idea that my passion for drawing was worth pursuing. I’m a cartoonist today, and I might not have been without that encouragement. Thanks, Mr. Applebaum, wherever you are.  ~ Dan Meth (illustrator)

Sometimes a gift may be a just what you need to start you on what ultimately becomes your career. When that happens, you know your gift has come from someone special!

Other than going to work or school, is there anywhere else you go regularly? e.g. social club, church, fitness class etc.

If you fail to turn up at work or school without letting anyone know you’ll be absent, they get in touch to make sure you’re ok and find out why you failed to turn up when you were supposed to.

How about those other activities you do regularly – If you miss one of them, would anyone notice you weren’t there? Would they be concerned for your well-being? Would someone contact you to make sure you’re ok?

If no-one checks up on you when you don’t attend something you’re supposed to, it can leave you feeling alone and invisible. But let me reassure you, you are definitely not alone, because God is always with you, and He always cares about you.

Have you ever been asked to swap places with someone? I’m sure we’ve all been asked to swap places with someone at some time or another, even if it doesn’t actually involve physically changes places with the other person. For example:

  • During physical education at school, you get split up into teams, and sometimes the teacher can ask two people to swap teams.
  • At work, we can be asked to swap tasks with someone.
  • In a choir or band, the leader may ask two people to exchange the parts they are singing/playing.

Whatever the scenario or situation where two people are asked to swap places, the person in charge has always got a good result for it, maybe even the best interests of the people in mind.

Doesn’t this replicate what happened that first Easter, when Jesus took our place on the cross, just so we could be forgiven of our sins. So this Easter remember that God had our best interests at heart when Jesus took our place on the cross.

We all have limitations, although of us may have different types of limitations – maybe we have health problems, lack of work employment, no support within a family situation, financial concerns.

Ultimately whatever limitations we have, even though they may limit what we can do, but we must make the most of the situations we’re in, no matter whether these issues severely limit our ability or have little impact on our day-to-day life.

Remember that for some, their limitations mean managing to walk just a few steps is a huge success, while for others getting through their day without falling apart emotionally is their goal.

Limitations help us set goals and targets for ourselves, not for others, so be happy when you reach your own goals and targets and don’t be too concerned about what others think your goals should be, as only you know the full extent of your limitations.

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!

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.

There are things we used to be able to say and do in our daily life, which if we did them now, would break the rules. For example:

  • Words that are considered no longer appropriate to describe someone.
  • Actions that once were an everyday occurrence are now seen as insulting.
  • Wearing items of jewellery such as a cross are now deemed in many places to show bias and incite hatred.
  • Many schools ban any talk about Jesus or God when previously that’s where so many were taught about God’s love for them.

How can it be wrong to speak God’s name anywhere, particularly in our schools? If we don’t teach children who God is and how much he loves them, they will potentially grow up never having heard about God, and I believe that is definitely wrong.

When did it become breaking a rule
To say your name out loud in school
When your names the only one that sets us free
When did it become incorrect
To speak the truth about life and death
When your life gave us all eternity

Jesus gave His life for us, so we could live as we do today. We must repay Him by breaking the rules, and telling the world about Jesus!

When we’re taught things and they are repeated to us over and over again, or we put into action what we’ve been taught, we are far more likely to remember it.

When it comes to loving one another, the same applies. That’s why the bible tells us that right from the beginning, we are told to love one another:

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. ~ 1 John 3:11 NIV

Even if you haven’t ben told to love one another, right from the beginning of your life, it’s not too late to love everyone.