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All you need

Posted: February 14, 2019 in family, friendship, love, music, Relationships, religion, words
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All you need is love
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Love is all you need

Do you think that true, is all we need, love?

Love is certainly a good start, as when we love one another, all sorts of good things start to happen.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV)

God loves each of us unconditionally, regardless of anything we may have said or done in the past. So do the same, love your friends, neighbours, work colleagues, team mates, family etc unconditionally, expecting and wanting nothing in return, that way you will honour God, and his love for you.

You see your neighbours out in their garden, or in the street. You see your work colleagues in the office. You see your friends in your house or theirs. But do you really know any of them?

We can all be very judgemental of others at times simply because of what we see when we look at them. However what we see of people in public is often just a small part of them, so remember what you see of someone is probably not the “real” person.

Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles that nobody knows about. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Struggles in life can be hard at the time, but they definitely make us stronger people, and make us the people we are today. Don’t judge someone by what you see, as they may be fighting a battle behind closed doors that you know nothing about.

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It seems like only a few weeks ago it was Christmas 2017 and we were heading into 2018, so how are we nearly half-way through August already!

I know some say that time seems to pass quicker the older we get.

I’m not sure I necessarily agree with that, as I think it’s just that everyone is so busy these days that our days go by much quicker than they used to.

In a time where technology allows us to communicate with others 24/7, keep up to date with news and events both home and abroad throughout the day and night, is it any wonder we all find ourselves living busy lives?

It’s always at the back of my mind though that there are so many people who don’t have any family or friends to call on, or talk to.

Isolated, alone and feeling like no-one cares about them.

Isn’t it time we start to care about everyone in the community?

It’s our responsibility as neighbours, colleagues, friends, to look out for those who have no-one else.

I therefore challenge you today to be the person who makes a positive difference in someone else’s life today – Will you take up my challenge?

Do you know one of these?

If anyone is qualified to make this statement, Christopher Reeve is! On May 27, 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia, in the USA. He now requires to use a wheelchair and a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.

But heroes don’t always come with such obvious obstacles to overcome, or appear to have the strength required to overcome what seem like insurmountable challenges. Heroes can be people like you and me. Heroes can be the person who says hello to a lonely neighbour; the friend you calls late at night just to check you’re ok; the stranger who stops and gives a homeless person food and water.

Anyone who makes a difference in someone else’s life is a true real-life hero. Are you being a hero to someone today?

I recently read this article on the bbc news site and found it a hard read – It was quite upsetting and it really challenged me to consider how I treat homeless people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42003888

Yes, I’ve stopped and given a few coins to some homeless people sometimes; Yes, I’ve also bought a sandwich and a drink for a few as well; But have I ever really taken time to speak to them? My honest answer is, no I haven’t – Just like two-thirds of other Scots, I haven’t taken the time to stop and engage in conversation with a homeless person.

I was recently in Glasgow city centre during the day for the first time in a while, and must admit to being quite shocked and saddened by the number of people sitting/lying out in the streets homeless, on what was a chilly morning.

Who am I to judge these people, as just like me they are human beings! The difference been them and me is they have lost everything, including all hope. What can be worse than losing all hope and having no-one to talk to?

Why do we feel afraid to speak to homeless people? What reasons do we have to feel afraid of them? Personally I think it’s probably just another sad indictment of how society is these days – The fact that the article on the bbc website states that younger people are less likely to stop and help homeless people does seem to confirm this.

What has our world become, that we aren’t willing to try to help those at their lowest?

Let’s take time to help anyone who needs help, regardless of whether they are our friend, a neighbour, a colleague, someone we meet in the street or a homeless person.

Out of sight, out of mind.

For some things this is definitely true, but when it comes to those we love, they are definitely not out of our mind when they are not around.

Whether we have loved ones who are working far from home or moved to another country, they are in our mind, even if we don’t speak to them as often as we used to do.

For those loved ones who have passed away, they too are definitely not far from our mind even although they are no longer here. If anything they are on our mind more, because we miss them, and wish we could have more time with them.

Do we feel the same when it comes to our friends, neighbours, colleagues and fellow christians? In other words, if we don’t see any of these people one day, do we just ignore that and carry  on, not bothering to check they are ok, or do we keep them in our mind, check up on them, and pray for them?

Don’t let anyone you know fall out of your thoughts just because you don’t see them as regularly as you used to.

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Disconnect from your smart phone, tablet and laptop

Have you noticed how we all depend so much on “talking” to and communicating with others via social media and the internet, rather than in person? Sometimes I think we get so caught up on wondering what this person or that person is doing or saying about an event that we forgot about those who are right beside us, our family, our friends, our neighbours.

So for one day, I suggest you disconnect from social media and the internet by turning off your smart phones, tablets and laptops, just so you can reconnect with those closest to you, and take some time for you! Having done this myself a few times, I can tell you it brightened my day, as I focused on those who are important to me, instead of checking up what those I hardly know, have been up to.

Brighten your day by disconnecting from social media and the internet and focus on those who are important to you, including yourself! 

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For many of us “Home Sweet Home” will be a phrase I’m sure we will have said or thought many times.

But what about those for whom that statement couldn’t be further from the truth?

There are times when specific events or scenes remind us that some don’t have the same wonderful home experience that we have, however surely it shouldn’t take events or images to remind us of these folk?

There are many people in our own communities who sadly never get to experience a wonderful and loving family home life. It’s sad and disgraceful that in country which has so much, we can still have people who have nothing, not even a roof over their head at night, or food to eat.

There’s those who would have us believe they are living in safe and loving home however when the door closes and no-one can see them they suffer mental and physical abuse. It’s sad and disgraceful that there are those living around us that think this is acceptable behaviour.

Then there are those who live alone, have no family or friends who care enough about them to visit them. They are lonely and long for companionship and conversation. It’s sad and disgraceful that we can live in communities where people don’t care for their neighbours any more.

There’s also many people in countries ravaged by war, poverty, natural disasters who find themselves with no home. It’s sad and a disgrace that other countries don;t do more to assist people in these countries.

These are just a few situations that mean some people don’t experience “Home Sweet Home”. So next time you say or think to yourself, “Home Sweet Home”, please spare a thought for those who don’t consider home to be a sweet and happy place to be.

It’s not too late though to do something to help these people who are worse off than us. We can give donations of time and/or money to organisations/groups who help those in need. I know they always say you don;t need to give much because every penny counts, but I’m going to be honest, the more you can give, the more people who can be helped! You might think you’re too busy to be able to give any time to helping, however, unlike the money, I would agree that every minute you can give does count.

Let’s do all we can to ensure everyone has a roof over their head.

Let’s all do what we can to make home a sweet and loving place for everyone.