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Other than going to work or school, is there anywhere else you go regularly? e.g. social club, church, fitness class etc.

If you fail to turn up at work or school without letting anyone know you’ll be absent, they get in touch to make sure you’re ok and find out why you failed to turn up when you were supposed to.

How about those other activities you do regularly – If you miss one of them, would anyone notice you weren’t there? Would they be concerned for your well-being? Would someone contact you to make sure you’re ok?

If no-one checks up on you when you don’t attend something you’re supposed to, it can leave you feeling alone and invisible. But let me reassure you, you are definitely not alone, because God is always with you, and He always cares about you.

You may already have seen or heard about this but it’s so lovely I wanted to share it with you all incase you hadn’t seen it.

A story appeared on the BBC website a few weeks ago about a primary school teacher who loves Christmas. However this year she’s asked her pupil not to give her any gifts, but instead asked that a donation could be made towards supplies for the local food bank.

The teacher said she was always “totally overwhelmed by the kind and thoughtful gifts” from her pupils, but feels gifts were unnecessary. There’s a huge demand on the local food bank particularly during the winter months, so isn’t it fantastic that she’s asked that any money parents would have spent on a gift for her, be put towards supplies for the food bank. She also has spoken to the children to explain to them why she’s asking for donations for the food bank – “I sat down and chatted to the pupils about it and explained that Christmas is a time for giving and said it would be nice to do something for somebody else.” – What a great thing to do!

This is such a great reminder to us all that this time of year is not just about receiving gifts, but also giving to others, particularly those in need.

Here’s the link to the full story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46399857

 

Just today, there’s another news item on BBC about a school in Wales where they’ve made a request that no gift are given to teachers, but instead a donation is made to a charity:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46489219

At a time when many have just received their school exam results, this quote from Nicky Gumbel seems particularly applicable:

Your age doesn’t define your maturity; your grades don’t define your ability; and what people say about you doesn’t define who you are.

So if you or your children or friends have received your exam results i these last few weeks, please remember that no matter how good, or bad, those results are, they will not define who you are today or the person you will become in the future.

Your exam results may have been exactly what you wanted and that is great. But if they weren’t, it’s not a disaster, it simply means you may need to make a few changes to how you want your future to unfold, but you can do it, and you can achieve exactly what you want to achieve.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Mug
  2. Hospital
  3. School
  4. Music
  5. Rose
  6. Paper
  7. Milk
  8. Jump
  9. Smart
  10. Bagwords

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Coffee
  2. Sick
  3. Exam
  4. Emotion
  5. Love
  6. Book
  7. Shake
  8. Blue
  9. Watch
  10. Laptop

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Within the space of a week, there have been three significant fires in or around Glasgow (there may have been others, but these are the ones I’m aware of).

The most recent was at a Land Rover car dealership in Motherwell. This fire was thought to have been started deliberately, and has been estimated to have cause about £850,000 of damage.

Just the day before that there was a fire in Hamilton in a disused hotel, the Hamilton Town Hotel. This building was due to be demolished to make way for a new £7m hotel.

And final, last Friday night, the fire which I’m sure you are all aware of, the second fire in the space of four years at the internationally renowned Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The fire this time was much worse, and in fact spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue.

At the time of the fire last week, the Mackintosh library (an A-listed building), was being restored in a project estimated to be costing £35m, was due to reopen next year.

Thankfully in each of these recent fires, no-one has been injured. However when it comes to the impact of the fire on the surrounding area and community, the fire at GSA has by far had the greatest impact. Many have expressed deep sadness, and used words such as ‘devastating’ and ‘shocking’, to describe this latest fire.

We still don’t know what caused this latest fire at GSA, and it’s also unclear whether any of the building will need to be demolished, or whether it’s going to be possible to save it.

GSA has been an iconic part of Glasgow for so many years, that for those of us who consider Glasgow to be home, it seems hard to contemplate our city without those beautiful buildings anymore. So let’s hope that once again, GSA can be rebuilt from the embers, and come back restored to its former beauty once again.

I spent a bit of time recently thinking about how I’ve got to where I am – Not in a work or career sense, but from a personal perspective.

I’m sure, like everyone else, there have certain individuals who have influenced you, taught you and directed you through your younger days. There will have been those who have encouraged you, looked out for you, become your confidants, and just generally been there for you whenever you’ve needed to talk.

There have been people in my life too you I put into each of those categories. Between them, they are the one who have helped make me the person I am today. However, I hope and pray that it is those who taught about God and the bible from an early age, who have influenced me most. Without their Christian influence on me I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today. Without Christ in my life I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I therefore give thanks to God for all those who have taught me or influenced me along my Christian journey.

Who we are today is a direct result of those we spend time with, and those we trust and believe. My belief and trust is in God. How about you, are you trusting and believing in the right people?

In so many areas of life we find people who freely give up their own personal time and talents to help others, expecting nothing in return except the knowledge that they’ve helped others.

Whether it running a kids’ football team, working in a charity shop, taking on a position within your church, helping those with disabilities, helping to educate others by leading evening classes, or some other voluntary act, people do these things voluntarily, and that is what others need to remember.

We can all be quick to make derogatory comments about the ability of the person who has volunteered. Many will think they can do better than the person who is in charge, but can they?

From experience, probably not! Even if we were capable of doing a job better than the person who has volunteered, we should be supportive and helpful towards the person, after all they have given of their time and talents freely, while we haven’t! They may not be perfect at the job they have undertaken, but they are doing their best – They wouldn’t have been given the job if those in charge didn’t think they were capable of doing a good job.

Volunteers aren’t in it for their own glorification, but are there to help others, so if you find yourself putting your trust in volunteers to lead, help, train or educate you or your family, don’t put them down or tell others you could do better.  Instead, always give them your support and encouragement.

Preparing

Posted: September 14, 2017 in belief, education, Employment, faith, life, religion, school, sport, university
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When you’re taking part is a sports competition, you prepare for the competition by training and practicing to perfect your skills.

When at school, college or university, to prepare for exams, you spend time studying so you have as much knowledge as possible for the exams.

Likewise if you have a presentation to do at work, you don’t leave that until the last-minute to put your presentation together. Instead you spend time preparing your presentation in advance so you are confident of what you want to say and the message you want to get across to the listeners.

How about life in general, how do we prepare for that? There’s a simple answer to that, have faith in God!

Even when we’re going through what seems like tough times, we must always remember God has a plan for our lives.

That moment when after waiting for weeks for your school or university exam results, the postman finally delivers them, but you’re too scared to open them!

Yes that was me when I was waiting for my school and university exam results. On each occasion I had convinced myself I had done really badly, even though at the time I knew I had studied well, and on the days of the exams, I’d understood and remembered most of what I needed to on the day.

But when you’ve had weeks to reflect on the questions asked in the exams and consider how you answered each question, I found I convinced myself each time that I had failed to provide critical information or made incorrect calculations for each questions, which in turn got me really doubting whether I had done enough to pass each exam.

When the letters finally popped through the door – each time several hours after some of my friends had received theirs and already contacted me to tell me how they had done – I insisted on taking the letter up to my bedroom. I then sat on my bed staring at it for what at the time seemed like ages, before I finally plucked up the courage to open it. I think I was so scared to open the letter for two reasons, firstly, I knew I should have passed, as out with exam conditions I knew I would have done more than enough to pass; Secondly, I knew my Mum and Dad would be disappointed if I didn’t do well – Not that they wouldn’t have been supportive regardless of what my results were, but I knew they expected me to do well based on my performance during the school/university year.

So when I finally did open the letters, I needn’t have worried, I had done ok – On a couple of exams, maybe not as well as I’d hoped, but the results still satisfied the grades I required each time.

My panic over opening these letters was unfounded. Sadly since then I can think of a number of situations where I’ve convinced myself I’ve not done well at something, and got all stressed and worried, only to find again that my fears were unfounded. I’m obviously just a worrier!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsCrisps
  2. Heating
  3. Picture frame
  4. Storage
  5. Repeat
  6. April
  7. Student
  8. Underground
  9. Shoes
  10. Bite

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Salt and vinegar
  2. Gas
  3. Family
  4. Terabyte
  5. Prescription
  6. Showers
  7. Exams
  8. London
  9. Trainers
  10. Dog

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!