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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.

When we think of debts I think we’re all likely to think of financial debts. For those who find themselves in financial debt, it can be a very stressful time when they realise they don’t have the funds or income to pay their debts.

When you find you can’t pay your debts you can fear that the bailiffs will come to repossess your belongs, and the bank/building society may repossess your home, your car. You may even find yourself with no home, no belongs, no money…

Can you imagine what a relief if you found yourself in debt, but someone you know offered to repay all your debts, without asking you to repay them?

Well that’s exactly what Christ did for us when He paid the ultimate price for all our sins. Because of that we have been forgiven of ours debt we could never pay.

As many of you will be aware I’ve been off work on sick leave for a number of weeks. As I’ve been unable to do very much I’ve found myself watching TV programmes which I wouldn’t normally watch. What I’ve noticed though in the last two or three weeks is that the focus of the adverts in between programmes has changed – Not only it is now adverts about Christmas, Black Friday deals and bargains but nearly every second advert is one highlighting either people or animals in need of our help by giving a donation to their charity.

While I understand that charities need the public to donate to them so they can continue their work, but really, does there need to be quite so many of these adverts on all day, it really is very depressing. Please don’t think I don’t care about these charities, as that’s not the case – it’s depressing for two reasons:

  • No matter how much I may want to give to each and every charity, there’s no way I can support them all, but they all have an uncanny way of making me feel guilty if I don’t donate!
  • The adverts highlight just how much need there is in this world, and how many awful people there are who are cruel or abusive to people and animals.

Each of these adverts show shocking images of children, adults and animals who’ve been abused or neglected – All designed to pull at our heart-strings and persuade us to donate to their cause. How I wish this world was a better place where no one is abused, homeless, alone, or hungry.

So while these charity adverts are a hard watch, and make me feel guilty, it does remind me of all those who are far less fortunate than I am.

If each of us could give what we can to the charities/causes that we feel are most in need of our help, we can make a difference, and help make this world a better place.

Grateful

Posted: September 29, 2018 in car, computing, finance, friendship, life, mobile phone, poverty, quotes
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I read this on a friend’s timeline on Facebook recently, and wanted to share it will you all

It’s very true isn’t, we get so caught up at time with all the latest technology, gadgets, cars etc, that we often can forget to be thankful for what we already possess.

There are so many people in this world who don’t even have a fraction of the possessions we have, yet still we want more. Maybe it’s time to give more to others rather than keep buying more and more for ourself.

I’m sure many of us have said at some point, “This is hopeless”, many when we’ve trying to do something for while but despite your best attempts you haven’t succeeded and you’re getting frustrated. Our use of the word “hopeless” in those types of situations isn’t really what I want us to think about today.

Sadly there are many people in the world for whom life itself seems hopeless – maybe because they  have no money, no food, limited clothing, no job, maybe they are seriously ill, suffered a bereavement, a broken relationship, maybe they are lonely…the possibilities are endless.

When someone else looks at the lives of someone who feels hopeless, the chances are they won’t see someone without hope, but instead they will see someone who’s maybe down on their luck just now, and simply needs a break.

Jesus sees hope in every situation, and in every life. So if you feel life is hopeless, remember Jesus, because He alone can bring hope to broken lives.

Give people what they want and they will like you for now. Give people what the need and they will value you forever. ~ Simon Sinek

It seems these days that many do not understand the difference between what they want and what they actually need.

We need food, water, clothes and a roof over our head.

Anything over and above these things are just things we want.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong in want something, but we do need to be careful that we don’t end up trying to acquire everything we want, and in turn, end up forgetting that there are those who don’t even have what they need.

When we help those who do not have everything they need, it is likely that they will be grateful for our help – they will value our help.

It’s hard not to be upset and depressed when we turn on the news these days. There are so many situations all around us that seem hopeless – war, famine, abuse, hatred to name a few.

The world is definitely in need of a saviour, and I believe Christ is the Saviour that the world is waiting for. God asks us to love one another, and so if we do that, we can help mend this broken world.

So let’s continue to show others love, no matter how they treat us. If we do that, we can help bring the light of Christ back into this broken world.

When you see a homeless person sitting or lying in the street, what do you do? Do you go and speak to them, go any buy them some food, or keep walking and look the other way?

Why do we ‘look the other way” when we see people in need? Is it because we think if we pretend we haven’t seen them we can deny all responsibility?

Sadly there are mange homeless people and people in need all over the world. We can’t go on pretending we haven’t seen them, can we?

What is home?

Posted: February 12, 2018 in Food, homeless, life, poverty, prayer
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When we think of home, I guess most of think of the following:

  • A roof over our head
  • A place where we can eat
  • Electricity
  • A bed where we can sleep
  • Heat
  • A place of safety
  • A place of love

These may be things we can take for granted sometimes, so today, can I urge you to stop and pray for a few minutes, and thank God for each of these things which together make our house our home.

Sadly for many these days, some of these things may be missing from their house – maybe they can’t afford to heat their home, or buy food; maybe there are those that live in their home who frighten or hurt them, so it’s not a place of love.

So please pray for those less fortunate than use – For those who live in a home where there is no love, or pain and suffering is just part of daily life for them. They need our prayers.

In a world where people are scared to reach out and help others in case someone gets the wrong idea; where people don’t trust anyone they don’t know; and  where people don’t trust anyone who doesn’t share the same beliefs or religion as them; I want you to think about whether you would stop and help, or run and ignore in the following situations:

  1. You’re driving along a road in your car. There’s a couple of other cars about and you see only one or pedestrians at most. Then you notice a pedestrian walking along the pavement suddenly collapses to the ground for no apparent reason…What do you do stop and help or run and ignore?
  2. You’re in a busy supermarket at the checkout. There’s a young mother in front of you with a child who seems to be pushing the mother’s patience to it limits. When the checkout assistant tells the mother how much her shopping comes to, she realises she’s £2’s short of the money she needs… Do you offer to pay the £2 for her, or do you pretend you didn’t here the conversation the mother was having with the checkout assistant?
  3. You’re walking through a busy shopping area and come across a young child crying their eyes out, and they seem  to be on their own…Do you approach the child and ask them if they are ok, or if they’ve lost their mum or dad, do you go find an official from one of the shops to come and help, or do you just keep walking sure that the child ‘will be ok’?
  4. A homeless person sitting on a local street asks you if you can spare some money for some food…Do you give them some money, go buy them some food and take it back to them, or just ignore them and keep walking?
  5. You find a £20 note lying in an aisle of a shop…Do you hand it into the customer service desk in the shop, or do you pocket the money hoping no-one saw you?

What were your answers? Were they honest answers?

If you’re answers aren’t what they should be, I hope that next time you find yourself in that situation, you stop and think for a moment, and then make what is ‘the right’ decision.