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Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

In the last few days I’ve talked about how our words, and how we say them can impact other people’s lives, and not necessarily for the better!

Today’s thought is far more positive as you have hopefully realised by the quote from Mother Teresa I shared at the start of this post. It’s easy for us to kind, we only need to say a few words but those kind words may be the thing that makes a huge difference to the person we say them to.

For example, someone may be having a really difficult time, struggling with life or health issues, and may feel as if no one really cares about them or how they are feeling. So imagine the boost they will get when someone says a few kind words of encouragement to them.

We may never fully appreciate or realise the impact our words may have on someone, so let’s make sure the words we use and the way we say them, are ones of encouragement and support.

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.

Have you heard the following quote before?

It’s a quote I’ve seen and read a number of times in the past, but today I’ve found an added dimension to this when I found the following image

Yes, to change the world we must love our family, but to love them we must truly live as God wants us to. Therefore we must live as we’re instructed to do by God, and once we start treating our family as we should, we can them start working with and treating our friends and neighbours as we should; Then our community and so on, until we reach the world!

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. ~ Mother Teresa

Although this quote asks us to love others this advent period, can I go one step further and ask that we love others all year round, not just during this festive period.

We all say we’ve no time, or we’re too busy, but are we too busy for everything?

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa

I’m sure we’re all guilty of judging others sometimes, even if we’re doing it subconsciously, but are we guilty of loving others subconsciously too?

Love of others, consciously or subconsciously, is what we need to find time for, so stop judging and start loving!

Carrying on my theme of the last few days about time, I wanted to share the following with you:

Same hours

That’s a great reminder isn’t it? It just proves that if we really want to make a difference in this world, and truly touch the hearts and lives of those we come into contact with, we do have more than enough time.

Others have made great use of the time they had on earth, so make sure you do too!

When you seem to be facing one problem after another, and life generally just seems to be going from bad to worse for you, how many times have you said, or has someone said to you, that God wouldn’t give you more than He knows you an cope with?

I’ve said that to myself, and about myself, to other quite a lot in these last few months. I’ve said it a lot to other about myself recently, because rather than feel sorry for myself about having to deal with problem after problem for a number of years now, I know God is with me, and my family, and will get us through. After all a few years ago, I wouldn’t have through I’d have managed to cope with any more, but God never deserted me, instead He stayed with me, and guided me through each and every situation or problem that’s come my way.

God-trusts-me

Thank you God for trusting me with so much over these last number of years. Each and every problem has moulded me into the person I am today, a person whose faith in God is stronger than ever before!

How much does God trust you?

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world ~ Desmond Tutu

We can often think that we cannot do much to help others, however it’s been shown many times, that it’s often the some things that we do that have the biggest impact, not the big actions.

Therefore, never think that you cannot make a difference in some else’s life, because you can! Sometimes just saying “Hello” to someone, or asking how they are, may be all that’s needed to make someone realise someone cares about them.

small things

There are a lot of situations in life these days, where the focus seems to be all about numbers. i.e. The number of people who attend, the number of people who “like” something etc. While ultimately it is the aim of every Christian, that everyone believes in Christ, our churches SimplyChurchPeoplemust not become too focused on the numbers that come through their doors, but instead focus on spreading God‘s message to the uninformed.

Mother Teresa once said,

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.

and this I think backs up my earlier statement…that our focus should be on spreading God’s message, and not necessarily on counting numbers in our churches – Although obviously the more who accept God in their life, the more likely it is that more people will attend our churches.

Let’s just make sure we get our priorities right and make winning others for Christ our priority.

If you are kind people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway ~ Mother Teresa

It’s true, some people will always question your motives when you show kindness. It’s a sad indication of the society we live in these days – no-one believes people may just want to show kindness, without needing or wanting anything in return.

Kindness is something we are all capable of giving, but so many choose not to share their kindness with others.

It costs us nothing to show a little kindness to another human, so make it your aim for this coming week to be kind to everyone who meet – it won’t hurt you, but it may stop some else from hurting quite so much when they realise someone cares!