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As I’ve said many times before in my blog posts, life can be hard at times. It is even harder when doing the same thing can mean you’re either courageous or stupid! So how on earth are we supposed to be clever enough to work out when taking an action is courageous or whether it’s stupid?

Answer: We’re not! Sometimes it’s just luck whether an action turns our to be courageous or stupid. One thing is certain though, if we seek God’s guidance in everything we do, He will help us make the right decisions and hopefully help our actions to be courageous rather than stupid.

What is the purpose or aim of our time here on earth?

Are we here to simply get by, or only do things which we can see will benefit ourselves?

I hope and pray that I can be the kind of person described in this picture

Let’s all try and add value to every situation we find ourselves in by being or doing just what those around you need you to be.

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!

Freak!

Posted: July 3, 2019 in life, music, personnel characteristics, religion, words
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Two descriptions of a freak

  • Sometime a person is referred to as a freak when their behaviour or attitude is very different from that of the majority of people; or
  • A person that is extremely unusual and not like any other person.

If someone called you a ‘Jesus freak’ would you take it as a compliment?

These days the use of the word ‘freak’ is normally considered to be a degrading, but based on the two definitions I gave of a ‘freak’, I would consider being called a ‘Jesus freak’, a compliment! How about you?

 

“Don’t worry”, easy words to say, but ones that can be particularly difficult to put into action. Even when we believe God is with us through everything, those words, “Don’t worry”, can still be hard to accept.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Talk to God about it, tell Him how difficult you find it not to worry. He can ease your stress by calming your heart and mind and giving your inner peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19-20 NIV

We seem to live life at 100 miles an hour these days. We get up in the morning, rush to get ready and out the house, then rush from one place to another, from one task to another, until we reach the end of the day and finally lay down to sleep.

Maybe it’s because we rush around so much, that it feels like we no longer want to stop and listen to what others say, but instead we’re quick to pass judgement on others without knowing the facts.

It’s time to slow down. It’s time to make time for others.

It’s time to listen to what others want to say – you may be the only person they feel they can confide in.

It’s time to listen to what God wants to say to you – He’s been trying to talk to you but you’ve been too busy to listen.

It’s time to speak words of comfort and encourage to others – they may be just the words someone needs to hear to make feel their life is worth living.

It’s time to keep our temper, and not get angry or annoyed with others, just because they don’t say or do what you expect or want.

Be patience, be understanding, be who and what God desires.

If you see someone in need, do you stop and help or do you walk past, or look the other way and keep walking?

Maybe you feel you’re too busy to stop and help others, but what if we all consider ourselves ‘too busy’ to help? We can’t assume someone else will take the time to stop and help, so we need to make the time to help.

Stopping to help someone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have to give up loads of your time, as it can be the simple act of asking someone if they’re ok that helps someone; or carrying a bag of shopping to for an older person, to their car; or giving a homeless person a sandwich and a hot drink.

We need to stop rushing around at 100 miles an hour, and take time out to look around ourselves, and really see those who are in need. We can then take time to make a difference, by helping those who need help.

Have you ever thought someone was avoiding you? Or maybe you’ve been the person that’s avoiding others?

Well maybe this might help you understand what might be going on.

I’d say I could say “Yes, that’s me”, to each of the 5 scenarios in this quote – Although some seem to have been full-time for a while.

The bottom line is, we never really know what others are going through, so don’t assume you know why someone is acting the way they are. Instead ask them if they’re ok, and when they tell you they’re fine, ask them again is they are ok. If they still tell you they’re fine, tell them you want to help them and ask them again if they’re ok.

Admitting openly to someone that you’re struggling, if often the hardest thing, even although you could do with the emotional support others may be able to offer you.

New ending

Posted: June 26, 2019 in life, personnel characteristics, quotes
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I’m sure we all want to leave our mark on this world. Maybe you think you’re not good enough to leave a legacy for others, but you are! Each and every one of us will leave some sort of mark on this world.

So if you were to leave this world today, what would your legacy be? Would it be the one you’d want to leave? If it’s not, it’s not too late to change your legacy, because today you can start making changes to how you live your life, which in turn will change your legacy to the world.

I’ve heard the word grace used a number of times when describing several individuals recently. You may think that’s a strange word to use, but if you knew the people concerned I’m sure you’d agree that they are great examples of God’s grace.

Maybe you don’t know what I mean by that, well let me explain.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

These verses from the bible describe God’s grace better than I could ever define it. Those who possess God’s grace have the following qualities

  • humble
  • always available and willing to help those in need
  • forgives without question
  • shares their love of God with others
  • supports and encourages others
  • expects nothing in return from anyone
  • show real love to everyone unconditionally

I’m sure there are plenty of other words/phrases you can think of to describe someone you know who are filled with God’s grace.

I pray that I may try to gain some of these characteristics, and in doing so can be become a great example of God’s grace working in someone’s life.