Ever Had A Problem With Prioritising?

Ever had a problem with prioritising?

Life can become so hectic that even knowing where to begin can require some thought. Before I chose to concentrate on writing and supporting people in growing in their faith and mission formation, my own life was often absurdly crazy.

Now, the most frequent question I have posed to me is, ‘When can I possibly find time for God?’

Many approach me for a simple ‘spiritual snack’ they can catch on the run between endless appointments. But while a snack meets an immediate need, it is not a meal and provides no time to pause, eat well and take an interest in other people through creative conversation.

Am I a dinosaur fruitlessly trying to turn the clock back? Or am I wisely calling us to review how we prevent burnout while deepening our walk with God? There is much ‘talk’ today, yet is there much of a ‘walk’ to support the fine words?

I experienced a clear conversion aged 19. Soon after I fell in love with the work of God as an evangelist with Youth for Christ. I then made the classic mistake of stopping my disciplined prayer life, by convincing myself that the work of God was itself really prayer. The end result was six months off work with physical and emotional exhaustion.

When we fail to pause, or to ‘Be still, and know’, as the psalmist says (Psalm 46:10), we stop nourishing our spiritual nature within. It’s like refusing to eat food in order to save time, failing to acknowledge that physical strength will fail as a result. Snacking is not a healthy life choice.

(Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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What is Life?

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.

(Mother Teresa)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Always Look On The Bright Side

As the well known song goes ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life‘.

This little true story is all about looking on the bright side of life.

Hank’s house was totally destroyed in one of California’s wild fires. Thankfully, he and his family were unharmed but most of their possessions were ‘lost’ in the smoke and fire.

“Well, to look on the bright side,” Hank said later, “I discovered termites in the woodwork last month and it would have cost me a whole lot of money to have it treated.But, this way, I got rid of the critters for free!”

It’s one of the most wonderful attributes of human beings that we can make just about anything seem better with courage and a sense of humour!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Art of Life

An elderly lady had achieved fame as an artist rather late in life. At the opening of an art exhibition of her work, she was being interviewed by a young art critic.

It was well known that she had had many problems and tragedies during her life and the critic remarked that none of her paintings seemed to reflect those difficult times, but were all bright and cheerful.

“Why was this so?”, the art critic asked.

“The art of life, “the old lady replied simply, “is using the shadows to emphasize the highlights!”

What profound words; we have much upon which to ponder from these truths!

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Your Gift of Life – at Christmas

Creaking on the staircase –
Noise outside my door –
A rustle in the chimney –
It’s ‘Santa-time’ once more.

St. Nicholas is on his way
With all his Christ-life gifts
To fire every child-light with
The loving Christ-mass kiss.

In some he’ll place the gift of gold –
In others frankincense –
While others will be given myrrh –
All signs of God’s presence.

For in each earthly crib or bed
In squalor, comfort, splendour –
The Christ child has been placed again
To call the world to wonder.

So come you kings, come one, come all,
Come shepherds to the cradle stall
And hear the angels sing anew
The heavenly song they sing for you.

Your God is in your gift of life –
The life He gives with love –
So take the gift and use it,
Use it wisely, don’t abuse it,
Let the Christ-life fire your spirit
That God in you may LIVE.

Sam Doubtfire

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

God’s Tapestry

A museum had acquired a new exhibit. It was an item of tapestry, and when it had been unpacked the curator noticed it didn’t have a picture. Instead, it was just a jumbled mix of coloured strands.

One day, the designer of this tapestry visited the museum and the curator was quick to confront him.

The curator explained that the public disliked the designer’s contribution. It was offensive and had to be removed.

The designer was surprised at this reaction. Later, he went to see where his work was displayed and exclaimed: “It’s the wrong way round! You’ve hung my tapestry back to front!”

When the tapestry was hung correctly, the curator now saw a magnificent picture. It was a masterpiece – an inspired
work of art.

In this story, the tapestry represents our lives. The mixture of coloured strands are symbolic of all our human experiences and feelings. When we view our lives from one perspective, it can appear to be in a mess. All we can see is a confused jumble of pain, hurts, frustrations and difficulties.

Life seems to be a puzzle and has no meaning.

But our Creator God sees life from another viewpoint. He turns life’s tapestry around to reveal a true picture. God’s perspective shows life with a purpose, peace and power.

God is the Master Designer who can change the ugly into the beautiful. He can use all the colourful aspects of our life and interweave them to fill our lives with His light and love.

With God’s Spirit within us, He can turn us around so that in His sight we become a picture of holiness.

Lester Amann

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey