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Achievements – Have you ever stopped to consider all you’ve achieved in your life so far?

I think we can so often get caught up in everyday life, that we forget about all the amazing things we’ve actually accomplished in our lives.

You’re maybe reading this thinking, you’ve not achieved anything in your life, but I can assure you that you are definitely wrong, you have made achievements. Maybe you think everything you’ve done is just what everyone else does, or is what you are expected to do. However, it’s more than that, it is amazing, just because you have done them!

So remember everything you do is an achievement, and that is amazing, and you are amazing too!

you are amazing

Are you a strong person?

I’ve found that it’s usually those who don’t think they are strong that are usually the strongest people. I know I never consider myself to be a strong person, particularly these days, but maybe I’m simply just confirming my own statement that those who are strongest don’t think they are strong!

There’s nothing wrong with loving others, in fact that’s exactly what we should do. But there is something wrong with crying behind closed doors, because we all need love and support. So just as I said yesterday, maybe we all need to show our vulnerabilities so others can see we need their love and support.

Words can be so hurtful. They can tear friendships and families apart. Sometimes because of a single word that has been misunderstood or misinterpreted by those to hear the words.

Words can be hurtful in their own right, but when added to by some form of physical attack as well, they can be devastating.

Whatever the form of attack, verbal and/or physical, it is an unnecessary and unacceptable feature of today’s world. That’s why I’m calling on each of us to help stop any form of verbal or physical attacks or abuse that we witness or are aware of.

Let’s stop verbal and physical abuse in their tracks now, today!

Don’t be strong. Be weak. Unclench your fists. Dare to be vulnerable. Honest weakness takes courage ~ Pete Greig

Admitting to weakness and vulnerability isn’t something many of us like to do, is it. That’s probably why when we go through difficult situations, we often experience symptoms such as insomnia, memory loss, weakness and vulnerability.

Telling someone not to be strong but to show their weakness, isn’t going to instantly make them share their weaknesses, and show how vulnerable they are. Instead they need to feel safe, they need to feel loved, so give them a hug, so that when they show their vulnerability they will not feel they are being judged but are safe.

So whether you are feeling vulnerable or know someone who is struggling, do what you need to do to dare to be vulnerable.

When people throw stones at you, you can choose to throw them back, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Yes, stones may hurt and scar you when people throw them at you, but ultimately, as this quote from Nicky Gumbel suggests, it’s how we deal with the situation that shows our character and our strength.

Don’t let stones be your downfall. Instead, learn from them, and use them to build a better you.

I was involved in a conversation a few weeks ago, where a number of us were talking about our own churches. As the conversation continued it became apparent that a couple of the people involved in the conversation were far from happy with their church leader (i.e. their church minister/pastor/officer/priest).

While this conversation was going on, I didn’t say much, as I was trying to remember a quote which sums up what we should do when we’re unhappy with our church leader – Well I remembered it, and when I shared it with the group, the conversation came to a sudden stop. Here’s the quote I shared:


If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has. – Robert E. Harris

I think sometimes we can forget that our leaders are human, just like us; they have their own faults and failings, just like us; and they have their own strengths and weakness, just like us.

So whenever you’re disappointed or unhappy with how someone is leading your church, do the best thing you can for them, pray!

Just as breathing is just natural, and normal, so should witnessing be to the believer.

Yes, we all need to breathe to live. But do we continue to show we believe in God by telling string God’s message with non-believers?

If we claim to believe in God, but do not tell others about God’s love for them, can we truly say we are Christians?

Believe and share your belief!

When you’re looking for a club or organisation to join, do you choose the one you want to join based on how nice the building or the furniture is?

Or do you choose based on the number of members and how well the club/organisation is meeting their needs?

Personally I’d rather choose based on how well the needs of the members are being met, how about you?

Does the same apply when it comes to church? Are our churches appealing to those in our community?

What will make our churches attractive and relevant to the community around us will not be our programmes, buildings or social media presence. Rather, it will be the quality of our relationships with God, with each other and with the people we encounter in the community. ~ Henrik Andersen

Is your church appealing to those in your community? If not, it’s time to make the changes necessary to help your church build quality relationships with God and with those in your community.

Violence seems to the norm in this world these days – Just in this last week we’ve heard of shootings not to far from away from us; hit and run incidents where two young kids were killed; 2 men are stabbed to death in London…to name but a few.

What has this world become?

Where does the church fit in in this violent world?

Is your church a peaceful place in this otherwise violent world?

Let’s make sure our church proclaims a message of reconciliation and understanding, without discrimination. Let’s make our church inclusive to all.

Single words have meaning, but don’t necessarily give context or clarity. However when we put words together and utter a prayer to God, that’s when words become more than words because of the power they then have.

When we pray, God hears more than we say, answers more than we ask, gives more than we imagine – in His own time and in His own way. ~ Nicky Gumbel

I don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to put into words what I want to say, particularly when it comes to prayer. So isn’t it great that even when we can’t vocalise our prayers, God knows and understands what we are wanting to say.