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Influence….you just never know… September 24, 2014

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We may never know the influence that we really have, we may never know what impact the words we have uttered will bring into the lives of other individuals. There is something extraordinary in the way we can bring influence to bear, even better when that influence is for good.
A few years back, I was privileged to hear the story of a young man who had grown in wisdom and stature with his home church. Now a leader, he sought me out to share a few things about his life and the direction that he was now pursuing. It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. At the end of a bible study programme, he had spoken with me and apparently the words I said, long since forgotten by me (but not him), challenged him to action and a course that would enable his creativity to live. I had no idea….
This week, I spoke with a former work colleague. He shared that I had been influential in his life and that he had considered me to be a mentor during his time in the organisation. I had no idea….
The life you live, the words that you say, the influence you may have may be powerful beyond your lifetime. You just never know the influence that you may be having on the people around you, the changes people are making because you are present….your life, your ways….they are influential, you need to start believing it and acting on it. Make your words a tool for the good, a positive force for others and as you do so, change the world!
Influence…you just never know…

Bible verses that sting me (part 2) May 5, 2013

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So it is time to reference the next verses that challenge my very soul.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Oh my! How challenging are these words? So often these words seem to be ignored by many Christians when we refer to conflict and the need for reconciliation, they are tough words to hear and, in my opinion, tougher to enact.

I find that it is much easier to pray for those who persecute me, easier to ‘love’ my enemies but forgiveness is so much harder. How on earth do you ‘let go’ and remember their sins no more? Is it right to? As a Christian, it is liberating to know that Jesus will forgive my sins and if my reading is correct, they are also forgotten when that forgiveness is received, though my sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. I struggle with these verses in Matthew 6.

When reading the Old Testament narrative of Joseph, we see a man who goes through utter torment and also great blessing. He has fun with his brothers and concludes by saying, ‘what you intended for harm, God intended for good’ – what a beautiful expression. Joseph sees the bigger narrative than the one he lives, he sees the greater narrative of God himself. It is the gospel enacted,refreshing, challenging and liberating, but still, I struggle to behave this way myself.

I am fortunate that there are not many people where there is a struggle to forgive wrongs done but there are a couple (still too many). This struggle leaves me straining in the depths of my soul and I have all the excuses….’but they never said sorry’, ‘their behaviour has not changed, so why should I forgive’ etc. etc etc., yet, these arguments are weak if I want forgiveness, There is need to forgive too! Ouch! The truth is, there are people who may well feel the same about me, there are bound to be those whom I have hurt, knocked down and bruised, would I desire forgiveness from them? Of course, yet that seems easier to deal with than when things are in reverse.

I have not arrived there yet but will try. Time is a healer although one day the timer runs out…..my prayer is that it will not be too late.

Lord, help me to forgive, help me to love as you love, that you may be praised, honoured and glorified.

False advertising? May 21, 2012

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20120521-222854.jpg Looking at this Ad on a tube train, I had a sense that I was being cheated. If I love my neighbour, wouldn’t I lend my car rather than rent it?

new terminologies……same practices March 21, 2012

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending a 2 day training event.  There was very little that was new but it was clear within the first few minutes that we would have to learn different terminologies, in order to receive the most benefit.  However, the new terminologies helped people to believe that what they were listening to was new.  It was not until reflection had taken place that folk realised that they already knew this ‘stuff’.

So often in life, we operate in exactly the same way – we repackage the old material as if it was new.  The difficulty is that when we take the wrapper off, we discover that things are exactly as they were before.  How different the world would be if, when we took the wrapper off, we discover something new and fresh……now that would be something.

Meanwhile, we continue to learn new terminologies but maintain the same practices.

Quotes to Ponder February 23, 2012

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To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.Goethe

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.Mark Twain

Do not let what you cannot do intefere with what you can doJohn Wooden

words and actions February 8, 2012

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If we are to be truthful, is it necessary for our words and actions to match up?  Is it ever acceptable for them to be different?

Don’t take your immediate response, think about it and carefully consider – you may surprise yourself!

missing the point! January 23, 2012

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It was a good day

A statement like this can be seen in many different ways.  When typed in isolation and read as a matter of fact there is little doubt as to the suitability of the day yet, with intonation or a hint of sarcasm in its tone, the words would be understood most different.  You could also delve deeper and ask what the interpretation of the word “good” signifies to the writer, or what the length of a “day” really means.

Sometimes we need to be more matter of fact, accept the words given and move on.  Dissecting every last detail wastes time, is often unnecessary and regularly misses the original point.  Have a good day!