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Is this what other’s think when they look at how you live your life? If it’s not, we’re not living our life in the way God wants us too.

Let’s make sure that we cause unbelievers to question their unbelief when they see how we live our lives.

What simple thing do you think we could all give others?

Inclusion!

There is nothing worse than being physically part of something, but still feeling like you are excluded from activities or events. That’s why making sure we include those who are maybe always on the periphery of a group, or never volunteer to participate in events etc, is something we can do to help everyone feel they belong. It can be as simple as just including them in something they wouldn’t normally be part of.

Doors

Posted: October 14, 2018 in faith, friendship, life, music, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Doors…they can be used to keep people out, or keep people in, it just depends what side of the door you’re on when it’s shut!

Sometimes when we want to open a door, we can’t because we either don’t have a key to open the door, or we can’t find the key. Either way the door stays shut until a later time.

Some doors have glass in them so you can see who or what is on the other side, while other doors are solid wood or pvc, so who or what is on the other side remains a mystery. Sometimes not knowing what’s on the other side of door, makes it more mystical and mysterious making us want to know even more who or what is behind the door!

Even our relationship with God, and what he does or does not do can be related to doors. Here’s a great way of looking at how and when God answers our prayers.

We all like or want to be happy don’t we? But is our own happiness the most important thing to us?

When we truly love someone maybe our own happiness is no longer the most important thing to us.

What would you do, or how far would you go to ensure someone else’s happiness over your own?

How many times have you found yourself in this scenario?

Once again today, I want to remind you how much we need to be like children in our daily life – quickly forgetting conflicts so we can just forgive and move on. Don’t be stubborn, be forgiving and don’t stay sitting back to back.

After seeing the photo I shared in yesterday’s blog post (Faith of a child), I have found myself looking at the bible for instances where the ‘faith of a child’ is mentioned or inferred. So I want to share a few of these with you over the next few days.

Matthew 19:14 (TPT)

Jesus overheard them and said, “I want little children to come to me, so never interfere with them when they want to come, for heaven’s kingdom realm is composed of beloved ones like these! Listen to this truth: No one will enter the kingdom realm of heaven unless he becomes like one of these!”

This is a bible verse I’m sure we’ve all heard a number of times, so I hope you still realise how important it is. The disciples scolded the people who tried to bring children to Christ, claiming Jesus didn’t want to be bothered. It seems the disciples never actually asked Jesus if he was ok to see the children, before scolding those who brought them. I wonder what made them think Jesus wouldn’t want to welcome the children?

Jesus was always willing to welcome anyone who wanted to come to him. We must we welcoming to those who want to seek God, so let’s make sure our church is open and welcoming to all who come through the door, regardless of their need, their background or indeed their past.

Have you ever stopped and thought what it would be like to be completely on your own, with all your family and friends have passed away?

That sounds such an awfully lonely place doesn’t it?

Well sadly there are many people in our world who find themselves in exactly those circumstances today. I wonder, what can we do to help them, so that they realise they are not on their own, and in fact are loved?

There are in fact many ways we can help people in our local communities who feel alone – Here’s a few suggestions:

  • We can become a volunteer in an organisation which helps the lonely and vulnerable people in your area.
  • We can give monetary donations to charities whose aim is to help or befriend those who feel alone.
  • We can pop in and visit people we know who are at risk of feeling alone – the elderly, those who have been bereaved of their life partner, single parents etc

As well as these suggestions, we can pray, because I believe praying for someone is the best thing we can do for someone.

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!

I’ve spoken before about how at times, we are all guilty of judging others based, either on what we see or the little bit of their life that we actual know about. Can you imagine what life would really be like if no-one judged anyone else because of their outward appearance?

As 1 Samuel reminds us, even although we look at others outward appearances, God looks inside us. God see the real us, he sees our true feelings and emotions, feelings we try our best to hide from others – scared, insecure, alone, angry, hurt, desperate etc.

Let’s not judge others by their outward appearance, but instead get to know them, so that we too can find out more about their true feelings and emotions.

Do you remember the advert for Interflora, where the tag line was “Say it with flowers”?

This phrase came to mind a few days ago for some reason, though I’m not quite sure why. Anyway, it got me thinking again, not about flowers, but the things we do to tell others what they mean to us, or tell them how we feel, without actually saying anything.

So how would you tell someone what they mean to you, or how you feel about them?

  • Text
  • Messenger
  • Facebook
  • Music
  • Card
  • Email
  • Flowers
  • Cake
  • Photo

At the end of the day, does it really matter what method we use to tell someone what they mean to us, because the important thing is that we tell them!

We don’t know how many more chances we’ll have to tell someone how we feel about them, so tell them how you feel – tell them now, and tell them often.