Posts Tagged ‘human’

Have you ever come across a quote or a picture, which you feel describes you perfectly? Well I came across this picture a few days ago, and it struck a chord with me – I know I have made mistakes in the past which I truly regret, and as I said Spotlight yesterday, I wish I could just delete some of these mistakes from my past, but I can’t.

I know there are those who do treat me in a way that suggests they still hold my past mistakes against me, even though some may have happened a number of years ago. In the last 15 years my life I have faced some life changing situations, and because of that my faith had become stronger than it’s ever been. And because of that I know I am a completely different person now than I was 15 years ago and most definitely a different person than I was 30 years ago. Maybe that’s why this picture struck a chord with me!

Time passes, people change, so forgive those who have hurt you or made mistakes that have affected you in the past. Have a look at yourself, I’m sure you’re not the same person today as you were 10 or 20 years ago, so I’m sure you wouldn’t want others to hold your past mistakes against you, so don’t hold other’s past mistakes against them, forgive and move on.

I shared some thoughts about how critical we are of ourselves a couple of week’s ago, in my blog post called Critic – please have a read of that too.

If we look at some of the major world religions, we find that Buddha, Muhammad and Confucius all identified themselves as teachers or prophets, not equals with God.

The one exception to this was Jesus, as although He talked about God, His Father in heaven, it was not from a position of separation, but from a close union, unique to all humankind. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him, had seen the Father, and  anyone who believed in Him, believed in the Father, His Father, God.

This is backed up in scripture in John 8:12-19 (The Message):

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.” Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I’ve come from and where I go next. You don’t know where I’m from or where I’m headed. You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father. That fulfils the conditions set down in God’s Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me.” They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?” Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.”

God revealed himself fully to the world when He sent Jesus, his son to earth to live as a human. So let Jesus’ teachings of God ring true to you, and come to God the Father through Jesus His son, today.

I wish I hadn’t said that, what was I thinking?

What an idiot, why didn’t I do something?

Why did let them treat me like that?

All questions we may have said to ourselves when we’ve been beating ourselves up about things we’ve said or done. The thing is, we’re only human, and as humans we make mistakes, but that’s ok. It doesn’t mean we should be hard on ourselves because w make mistakes, the main things is we recognise our mistakes and learn from them, so we don’t make those same mistakes again.

We are so hard on ourselves sometimes, so it shouldn’t surprise us that it turns out God is much kinder to us than we are to ourselves.

So be kind to yourself, as we are after all, only human.

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We’re often told that God is always there for us, during the good times as well as during days of deepest despair. So why is it that when we are in greatest need of support and guidance, that it’s then we so often forget about God, and try to make it on our own?

Why, because we’re human!

Can I suggest another reasons why we try to do it on our own rather than turn to God? Have you considered it may be because our faith in God isn’t strong enough?

I can certainly tell you that in my experience this is why in the past I found myself trying to go it alone – I believed in God, but really hadn’t given my all to Him, so when the difficult times came, I simply forgot about God because I felt he’d forgotten about me (which I know now was not true), and tried to get by on my own. Needless to say I failed miserably, and when I did I realised God was still there reaching out to me, and when I reached out to Him, He lifted me out of those dark days, not immediately but slowly and steadily.

Now I can honestly say that I turn to God when things are going well, but I also turn to Him when I’m struggling and wondering how I’m going to get through, as I know God is with me and will guide me through each day.

How about you, do you turn to God when life gets tough, or do you try to go it alone?

In the past when talking about personal improvement, we used to talk about our strengths and weaknesses. However more recently the terminology has change, so that we now talk about “strengths” and “areas for improvement”.

So bearing this in mind, what are your weaknesses or areas for improvement in your life?

To be strong you must realise your human weakness and have the courage to ask for help from God and your fellow human beings

As the above statement implies, half the battle is actually recognising your own weaknesses, and being strong enough to realise when you need help from someone else to improve yourself. Therefore make sure you not only identify your weaknesses, but also be willing to ask for help, especially from God, to help you improve yourself as a person and achieve all you are capable of achieving.

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loneliness3Ever felt like you’ve no strength left to get you through another day?

Ever felt that physically you have nothing left to give?

Ever felt that you are emotionally drained?

To be strong you must realise your human weakness and have the courage to ask for help from God and your fellow human beings.

Many people find it is hard, or even impossible to believe in God, because they can’t see Him. Here’s what C.S. Lewis once said about being able to see God:

I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.

It’s so true isn’t it, that although we can’t actually physically see God, we know He is here with us, and all around us, because of all He provides for us, in no particular order – nature, food, clothing, family, a home, friends…

God is with each of us every minute of every day even though sometimes we desert Him, He never deserts us. Therefore I urge you to believe in God, because He really is all you need to help you.

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A leader/manager’s attitude rubs off on their team – It either enhances or impedes the team’s performance.

So what kind of attitude does your leader/manager have?

What kind of attitude do you have?

While you may not be able to positively influence the attitude of your leader/manager, you can change your own attitude. Therefore, have a critical look at yourself, and identify areas of your attitude that you can improve – don’t pretend there’s nothing you can improve, as none of us are perfect so we all have things we could improve on!

Let’s make our attitude matter and become great positive influences on other’s lives. 

Sometimes when I look around me at the grass and the tree I wonder…
Why would the same God who made these things choose to love someone like me?
 
Sometimes when I see different animals I wonder…
Why would the same God who made them choose to love someone like me?
 
Sometimes when I watch the sun rise and then set I wonder…
Why would the same God who made these things choose to love someone like me?
 
Sometimes when I look around this world and see how much some people hate their fellow human beings I wonder…
Why would the same God who made these things choose to love someone like me?
 
Whenever I wonder why God would love some like me I remind myself
God made me, and He has promised to love me forever no matter what!

 

If ever you’re in doubt about whether God loves you, have another read at the above, and remind yourself that God made everything around you, including you. He made me, and He made you and just as I’ve said He will always love me, He has also promised that He will always love you too.

And that is “Why Me?”

The last couple of days I’ve spoken about how we must try to live in harmony with others but most especially with God. Today I want to concentrate on our relationships with others. i.e. Our relationships with those we come into contact with.

During our lifetime we come into contact with hundreds and thousands of people. Some are just in our life for a few seconds, others once we connect with them remain in our life forever.

There’s some people we meet who we instantly connect with and hit it off with. Then there are those who from the second we meet just seem to annoy us. Any of those sound familiar?

Now here’s the tough part…everyone we come into contact with, regardless of their background, their manner towards us, whether we get on with them or not and regardless of how long they are in our life for, as Christians we must be pleasant, cordial, friendly, helpful and loving towards everyone we meet.

Now that’s a challenge!

It is hard to be nice to some people, but then we are only human! However if we have fully given our life to God, He will guide us, and help us to stay patience and understanding, and friendly to everyone, even those we find challenging!

Although we are only human, God can make us super human and give us the qualities we need to work with/relate to everyone we need.