Posts Tagged ‘Nicky Gumbel’

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can change is how you react to it ~ Nicky Gumbel

When people treat you badly, say things about you or to you which are hurtful or untrue, it can be so very easy to react in anger.

When you’re emotions get the better of you, we can all be guilty of saying or doing things we regret, either immediately or later once we’ve calmed down. However it’s usually more helpful to both ourselves and the others involved if we all just take a few moments to calm down and reassess the situation before you get dragged into a shouting or slagging match.

So be the bigger person, stay calm and stay in control of your emotions and your reaction, and more than anything, think before you respond.

When you see a closed bag or a suitcase, is it possible to tell what’s inside it, without actually looking inside?

Just as you can’t possibly tell for certain what’s inside a closed bag or suitcase just by looking at it from the outside, neither can we realistically expect to know exactly what someone has experienced in their life, or going through at the moment.

There is a story behind every person, a reason why they are the way they are. Don’t be quick to judge. Be kind and assume the best. ~ Nicky Gumbel

So be kind, and always ‘see’ the best in everyone, because you don’t know what they are going through.

When we are physically injured or ill, we go and see our GP or go to the hospital to be healed.

When we are injured, hurt or spiritually broken, where should we go, and who should we seek?

God is the one who an heal the broken and give the lost direction. While we can seek God anywhere, we must tell the people in our communities that

Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing. ~ Nicky Gumbel

None of us are perfect, and therefore we are all in need of a place, a church, where we can find healing.

Have you found your church?

There is a purpose for everyone you will ever meet. Some will test you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the very best in you ~ Nicky Gumbel

Everyone we meet in our life is there for a reason.

Every situation we find ourselves in, helps build our character.

So accept that you may be friends with some of the people you meet, but also accept that there are some you will never see eye to eye with. That’s ok though as each person will help make us into the individuals we are today, so let them bring out the best in you.

 

Spending time with good friends restores the soul, renews your energy and refills your emotional tank. ~ Nicky Gumbel

When you spend time with good friends, and they help refill your emotional tank, do you tell them? Our friends may not realise just how much you have needed time with them, so make sure you let them know just how much you appreciate the time and support they have given you.

Ever noticed how we are quick to accept praise from others but equally as quick to take offence when they criticise us?

I came across the following quote from Nicky Gumbel about this:

When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticize you, don’t let it get to your heart.

It’s true isn’t it, we need to keep our feet firmly on the ground when we receive praise and when we receive criticism. If we manage that, we can

So accept praise and criticism equally, and make sure we learn and grow from our experiences – that may even mean we have to change in order to improve ourselves.

In this new year, do you want to make a new start? If so, here’s a great suggestion which I’m sure we could all do with implementing:

Life is so short. Grudges are a waste of time. Laugh when you can, apologise when you should, and trust God with what you cannot change. ~ Nicky Gumbel

I pray that 2017 may be a year of good times, health, laughter, great relationships, lasting friendships and many blessings.

God designed you with a purpose in mind. You are not an accident. Your life has huge significance. God loves you. You are of infinite value ~ Nicky Gumbel

Sometimes it can feel as if you are insignificant and no-one loves you. However as Nicky Gumbel says, God does love us and made each of us for a particular reason.

You are not insignificant. You are infinitely loved.

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 person we are today. Don’t judge someone by what you see, as they may be fighting some battles in private, behind closed doors.

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Are you someone who notices all the flaws in your church or do you see the potential in your church and it’s members?

Because we as we as individuals are imperfect, so our churches are also imperfect. Therefore I am never quite sure why some move from one church to another citing failures in the church or its members are their reason for moving, because isn’t it us as members of a church who contribute to that church being imperfect?

Nicky Gumbel sums up my thought well in this quote:

Stop looking for a perfect church. It does not exist. Join an imperfect church and serve in every way you can to make it nearer perfection