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When you think of the advent season, what do you think about?

  • Christmas Day
  • The birth of Christ
  • God’s love
  • Those less fortunate than you

Mother Teresa summed up the advent season well when she said this

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.

Yes during advent we must love others, can I ask you to extend that period, so that all year round others.

Too late

Posted: November 26, 2018 in birthday, death, family, Health, hope, life, love, music, religion
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Are you a person who is always very early for every event, or are you always running about at the last minute to get there just in time?

There are some things in life that it doesn’t really matter whether you get there on time or not, such as:

  • shopping
  • parties
  • meetings
  • lunch or dinner dates
  • bus or train

You may not agree with some of those things, but really does it matter if you’re late for them. i.e. is it a matter of life or death?

Speaking of life or death, there are some life events that you probably don’t want to be late for:

  • birth of your child
  • death of a love one

It’s not the end of the world if you do miss these events, but if for example you aren’t with a loved one when they die it can be difficult to forgive yourself for not being there for them, and for you when they most needed you.

There is one other life or death situation we must not be late for, and that’s giving your heart and your all to God. If we’re too late at doing this, i.e. we die before we get round to accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour, it’s too late, our future has been decided.

These are great words of advice from Ephesians.

There’s no point in trying to love one another if we aren’t humble, gentle and patient, as without those qualities can we trust love others unconditionally?

 

Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

I am focusing on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Sometimes it can be hard to forget things or situations that have happened in the past, especially if we’ve been physically or emotionally hurt. That’s why it makes complete sense that in Philippians we’re told to forget the past and simply focus on the future.

Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish in the sea speak to you. For they all know that my disaster has come from the hand of the LordFor the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being. ~ Job 12:7-10 (NLT)

God created all the beautiful things around us.

Man created all the horror around us.

I pray today that we will each do our best to remind man of God’s love for them, so that our fellow men and women will look after, not just the world around them but, one another.

Some things in our lives can’t be predicted: exactly when we’ll be born, or exactly when we’ll die. Even what happens to us in between those two life events isn’t really predictable as it’s only as we grow and learn that our personality is shaped, and we make choice that then start to define where and what our future will hold.

I must when I’m starting something, I like to know what the possible outcomes are, as I’m not very comfortable with uncertainty. Which is odd isn’t it because the whole of life is filled with uncertainty!

Maybe it’s because for me, the uncertainty about life and what lies ahead seems different from the uncertainty about taking on a task, because I know my future is already known to God, and so my future is already planned. Therefore no matter what lies ahead, I know God is already prepared for it, and is ready to help and guide me through whatever storms I may face.

Life may not be predictable, but God’s presence and His love for us is!

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10 

It can be scary when we don’t know how the future will turn out. It can be scary in the present as well, when our circumstances change and we’re suddenly left having to deal with new circumstances or news.

But as we’re told in Isaiah, we really shouldn’t get dismayed when life is difficult, as God has promised to give us the strength to get through anything. We’re only human though, so we do worry, and we do get scared, so we just need to remind ourselves that God is always by our side, and if we trust Him, we can face anything!

Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation. ~ Hebrews 9:28 (The message)

Are you ready to greet Jesus when he next appears on earth?

Are you ready to receive salvation – deliverance from sin and its consequences? If you have faith in Christ, you are well prepared for Christ’s second coming.

When someone promises never to leave you, it can be hard to believe that they really mean it, especially because we don’t know what lies ahead. However, we can rely on God to be with us forever.

No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. ~ Joshua 1:5 (New living translation)

As I was leaving a building the other day, I encountered someone carrying several bags about to try to enter. I obviously held the door open for them to save them having to try to juggle the things they were carrying so they could open the door themselves.

As I held the door, I commented to the person that they had timed it perfectly for me to help them, they thanked me and agreed.

This got me thinking about timing and how, simply by accident or luck, I had managed to time something perfectly. While my perfect timing was simply by accident or sheer luck, God’s timing is planned and is always perfect.

So no matter how long you feel you’ve been waiting for an answer to a request, from God, remember He hasn’t forgotten you, He’s simply still planning his perfect moment to help you.