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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.

A friend shared this photo on Facebook recently, and it really touched me, and has been in my mind since – Here’s the words that were posted on Facebook with the photo:

No words needed, just sit and think about it! She doesn’t know it’s a statue, or the story of Christ. She just sees suffering and wants to help! …. Why can’t we be like this child ?????

Maybe we need to remind ourselves and the world that we need to have the faith of a child. So don’t just walk past when you see a person in need, even if you don’t know them. Instead ,do as this child did, and reach out and help them!

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.

In the last few days I’ve talked about how we get through tough times in our life. We can appear to be completely deflated and defeated by what we face, but when we follow the advice given in the posts of the last few days, we can find strength.

When we pray and give our all to God, He can start working in us, and through us, and start healing and renewing us for the inside out. So again I urge you, give all your problems and concerns to God, and He will help you through every situation you face.

Did you identify yourself in yesterday’s blog post (Hardest Time) when I described some of the characteristics that can come to the fore when we’re going through a difficult period in our lives?

The thing is, I’ve found in my own life that the characteristics I described yesterday, only become obvious when we’re haven’t given our all to God. When we keep back parts of our life from God, they are the things which will cause us problems and stress us out, because the bits of our life we’ve put into God’s hands, I can can say with assurance, He will handle.

If you’re going through a tough time, make sure you’ve given your all to God, because although that will not mean life will suddenly become easy, it will mean that you’ll have the reassurance that God is with you, looking after you, and caring for you. In turn you can be sure brighter and happier days will be ahead for you.

Yes, it can be incredibly difficult to let go of everything in your life, and give it all to God, but let me assure you, it is more than worth it!

What do you do when you’re going through the hardest of times:

  • Hide away from others;
  • Sit in a darkened room alone;
  • Think God has deserted you;
  • Stop communicating with others;
  • Become short-tempered with everyone;

While some or all of those things may be what you want to do when you’re going through a very tough time, here’s what you should do:

Today’s blog post is a follow-up from yesterday’s blog post Shared Scars. Today is about how we get some of those scars – from our life experiences, both joyful and challenging.

I’ve found myself in the past that when I thought I was doing ok, and kind of put God into the background of my life instead of keeping him in at the centre of my life, that was when the most challenging part of my life began!

God knew I had moved away from me, and even when I went through the darkest of times in my life, instead of turning back to him, I simply thought he’d deserted me, so continued to ignore him. Now looking back on that time I realises that during that time I went through this experience

When I came out the other side of that very dark time in my life, I began to realise that it wasn’t me who got me through that time, it wasn’t my friends or family, it was God. He hadn’t deserted me during that time, instead he’d been at my side the whole time, and had in fact lead me through those dark days, and led me to the light.

I learned from that time in my life. I learned that I can’t live my life without God at the centre of it. I now know that even when I have some difficult times, God is still with me, and will guide me through those each days.

I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made in my life, have you?

Do you think it’s important to share your life experiences with others?

Do you think it’s important to share your Christian experiences with others?

The answer, in my opinion, to both those questions is, of course it is, how else to others learn from our mistakes and our rewarding moments!

If by sharing something of my experiences through my blog, I can stop one person from making the same mistakes I’ve made in life, my blogging has been worthwhile.

Or if through something I say in my blog posts, just one person is challenged to find God for themselves, my blogging has been worthwhile.