Thursday, 6 September 2007

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Thursday, 7 June 2007

God's Sense of Humour

So just when you're starting to get all worried and anxious about stuff, God shows up.

...but I didn't realise it and things appeared to fall apart/not work out as I wanted them to, and boy did I want them to!

And it's not until later on that I realised that God's just giving me a tap on the shoulder to let me know that He's still looking out for me. He's actually giving me a boost right in the spot where I was praying for it!

Hindsight is a wonderful thing :)


Friday, 25 May 2007

Tollerance

"Be intolerant. Because some things are just stupid"

-- James Dobson

Saturday, 19 May 2007

The Bigger Picture

Now that I'm out of the middle of that situation, I feel like I can think more rationally. more OBJECTIVELY.. Ha ha ha

In saying that... I still feel like a lot of what I said has truth in it and it was purely because I got so worked up about this situation, that I got deep down inside my head where these thoughts were.

Looking back at this week it would seem that I lot of the decisions I made in my head were based on emotions. Was that because I ran out of logical solutions to the issues? Or because they were highly emotional issues in themselves and I didn't have the experience to know the BEST approach to take? Did I just flip my lid from lack of sleep and stresses from other areas in life? Probably a mixture...

I guess if I was to take anything from this it would be this:

God's got it all under control.

...as usual it certainly didn't feel like it or look like it but I have faith that He does. And that's what it's all about isn't it? Having that relationship with God so that you know His character inside out and you just know that there's no where you can run and hide without Him being right there next to you, accepting you for who you are and loving you unconditionally.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

It's not about what I know...

...It's about what everyone else perceives it as.

Doesn't matter if I have the best of intentions, my head is in the right place and my heart has been searched, it still boils down to others opinions of the situation. They usually don't know the whole story, and don't really want to either, they just want something to talk about and discuss that could maybe, just maybe, be worse then their lives. They live in the fa├žade that if they are discussing someone else's problems then they can avoid their own issues.

"What do I do to ignore them behind me? Do I follow my instincts blindly?"

Apparently you're own first hand experience of the situation and events and people are not enough. Apparently you have to go with the general external opinion, which I have found is generated by people who are also scared of what others might think.

It's true that you can learn A LOT from those around you, especially if they have a good solid OBJECTIVE point of view.

It just drives me postal when stigma is tagged all over something that is quite innocent and possibly even helpful.

Jesus never seemed to worry about what others thought of him. He hung out with all the rejects of society, be they male or female, and just did what He knew was good and beneficial to them.

These days the worst is assumed of people based on a quick analysis of the exterior behaviour of people. Few seem to stop and take the time out to get close enough to these people, that struggle like we all do, and find out what really makes them behave the way they do.

We're all too busy wrapping them up and putting them in a box so we can feel better about the awesome people we are.

It's a load of . . .

Monday, 26 March 2007

Confidence

Throughout the majority of my childhood I struggled to get and keep friends. Who knows why but I did. I left school and got more and more involved with Church. Not to blow my own trumpet but God's given me so many friends that I have trouble making time for all of them. What a testimony to God's awesome plans for not just me, but all of us!

Now generally speaking, having lots of friends gives you confidence and a sense of self worth. But what happens when those friends disappear? Does your confidence also disappear? I guess you have to ask yourself where your self-worth comes from. Ideally it should be from God. That way, no matter what happens to you here on earth, you still KNOW without a shadow of a doubt, that you are precious in the eyes of the only one who really matters, God.

If you choose to put your worth in your ministry, or business, or partner - when they fall through, you fall apart. Life's not worth living all of a sudden.

Is it possible to put our worth entirely in God?



Monday, 19 March 2007

Live. And Live Well.

" Live. And Live Well. BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now. On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun. If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE. Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time. If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well. Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done-a paper well-written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed. If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year old's nose, don't be disgusted if the Kleenex didn't catch it all… because soon he'll be wiping his own. If you've recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And Grieve well. At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you're eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of Life. Because-it-is-most-definitely-a-Gift."

-Kyle Lake, Sermon

Monday, 5 March 2007

Faith

Faith is supposing - positively. A negative thinker says, "But suppose it won't work." A positive thinker says, "Suppose it will work!" The negative thinker says, "But suppose it can't be done." A positive thinker says, "Suppose it can be done! I don't want to pass up this opportunity!"

God's promise is that He will replace our positive supposing with His absolute surety.

Sunday, 4 March 2007

Anger & Justice

It's funny how life seems to side swipe you from time to time. You're just walking along, then out of the blue... BAM!!! Right in the head.

WTF did I do to deserve that I seem to be asking myself a lot lately. Who knows, and to be honest, who really cares? It's happened. Now you have to deal with it.

Please don't whip the violins out when I say this but I had a pretty crappy childhood as far as school was concerned. And when you're a kid, school is your world. Nothing much exists outside of it. For some reason I became the target of other kids trying to make their own pathetic existences seem better than mine, by abusing me in whatever way they could think of. Resistance was futile.

It wasn't until some time later I decided that I needed to take things into my own hands. Enough torment can cause even the most placid people to go postal and attempt to destroy anything which tries to hurt them. Fighting back was not about being the strongest. Or most staunch. Or winning friends. Or staying out of trouble. It wasn't to keep my parents happy and it's certianly not what most Christians would advise.

It was about Respect.

It was about taking back what God gave me. Joy and a life worth living.

...but most of all it was about survival.

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. C. S. Lewis

I've come to realise over the past few years that if you don't pick your battles, and let God fight them for you, you will loose. I have also discovered that at times it is necessary to fight for what you believe in. Like that old saying goes "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything". I think there's a new breed of people who are more than happy to live average lives. They've become complacent with life and will let just about anyone dictate what they should say and do, what they should wear and even what they are worth!

"The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough." Bede Jarrett

Many seem to view anger in a negative way. To be fair, it has a lot of negative connotations. Anger has the ability to destroy you from the inside out.

I've had a good day today. But I have noticed over the past few months some anger lying dormant deep down that seems to be triggered by certain events. They don't even have to be big. Just very specific things. Like injustice. You see it all around but when you're the target of it. WHAMMMY!!! Anger rears it's ugly head again. Build a bridge you say? I totally agree - But how. These things don't just happen by accident. The things that affect us deeply do so for a reason. Should they affect us or shouldn't they? It's like stress - We all need it to get things accomplished, but too much is detrimental.

I guess what I'm trying to eventually get around to talking about is the Christian Ideal of Turning the other cheek. Should we just lie down and take whatever the world throws at us and commit it to God to sort out? Or should we stand up for ourselves and our rights as human beings and followers of this man called Jesus?

But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Matthew 5:39

To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Luke 6:29

The King James Commentary has this to say about it:
Jesus taught us to have confidence in an almighty God who is completely aware of the injustices done to man and totally capable of evoking ultimate eternal justice. He must be trusted even when legal litigation goes against the believer.

...WOW...

How hard is that?!?!?! This is where the rubber meets the road for us as Christians...

So where then, does righteous anger fit in. Jesus in the temple for example.

The Cleansing of the Temple
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. Matthew 21:12

Jesus got angry didn't he. So that must mean that it's OK. But there's usually strings attached :) What are they?

Temple dues could be paid only in sacred coinage, and it was necessary to change one's money. The selling of doves was, of course, for purposes of sacrifice. This exchange became a source of extortion for the High Priest's family who personally controlled it. In reality, it amounted to a public bazaar.

It seems from this that Jesus' purpose in this was to bring about a true spiritual conviction.

One thing is for sure. Jesus wasn't afraid of making people feel uncomfortable, and he didn't avoid things. He said things as they were.

Do we do this? As people that say we follow Jesus?

Seems to me that anger has it's place but only when it brings about a positive change for ALL involved.