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Forgive ‘Em!

18 Feb

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Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1Peter 4:8

I was recently called to reflect upon this verse after an unfortunate incident. I can’t go into the details for confidentiality but let’s just say I could have been justifiably angry.

In my pondering I came to a realization. It’s pretty simple and key to living a healthy life: I need to forgive this person.

I have seen enough vengeance films to know that getting that all so “sweet” revenge is short lived and  is honestly an empty pursuit so a different approach is needed but to get there requires some …. pain.

1. Acknowledge what has happened – For some of you this is easy – you’re mad right? For others you  may need to pause and allow yourself to be vulnerable for once, allow yourself to let it out and I talk of tears to be clear.

2.  Accept you are both in chains right now Them because they need your forgiveness and you because the anger/sense of betrayal/resentment/shame can never go away until you do.

3. Release them from their chains/ forgive them in your heart –  You have to let it go inside first before you can attempt to confront them. It won’t go well otherwise. How do you do that? Love. Love for your fellow man. The love that says “I don’t want you to do this to anyone else and I don’t want you to do this to yourself”.

When you care enough to want them to be free, you yourself can be freed too.

4. Tell ’em – Find a neutral place to meet and let them know that despite the hurt caused, you are ready to forgive. Then forgive ’em .

5. Set Healthy Boundaries – Don’t be foolish! Just because you have forgiven them does not mean there are not consequences. You have to protect yourself from potential repeat offence and also allows time for the healing process to work itself out.

Anyway, that’s my experience and I hope it helps some of you.

From the Pit of the Soul

10 Feb

I’m writing from a far away place, a place deep and dark and in isolation from others. A place with very little light at the moment. I am writing from the pit of my soul.

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Some of you know this place in your own way; some too well and perhaps too often.

For me, it is that place I often find ourselves in after the dreaded (yes you guessed it) breakup.

Why am I here? How did I get here and most importantly will I ever get out?

The answer is a resounding YES!

You see, if you were reading carefully you will recall that this is a place of very little light after all it’s a pit but there is light even if there is not much.

I really hope this speaks to someone. Regardless of your situation the light is always there; it might not be very strong, but it’s there and you know it. It’s that last shred of Hope you are holding on to. It just seems so far off though.

For me, I have come to a realization. This light is God. He is always there but I chose to dig further and further into the pit of my soul and all I found was darkness around me and yet God is still there with me.

Let me quote a Psalm 139 to illustrate:

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

In knowing this we see that it’s us that run away from God yet He is never really far from us. He’s always there.

This may seem strange to some of you well because you might be thinking “How does this help my situation?” or “But I don’t believe in this God stuff..”

Please remember that in that pit you have but a small light, a small hope that hope is God – you might not know it but it is. Even in writing this I know in myself it is God. So the next step is faith.

You have NOTHING to lose at this stage, look around, there’s nothing but despair, but God has thrown you a rope. Maybe you never saw the rope before but now in this situation it’s pretty clear. Grab it, take hold of it and let God hoist you out of that pit to safety.

If you are willing to do a simple thing, to say a simple prayer I assure you your life will never be the same again. No matter how many times you find yourself back in that pit you will get hoisted right back out of it.

That rope is Jesus Christ. If you believe that He died on a cross for your sins he will save you. You will be saved. Now isn’t that great news! I know it sounds simple but the Bible even says “The word of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” 1Cor 1:18

When you are down an’ out it’s the time to start being honest with yourself – things aren’t getting better by themselves, you need saving. On my personal journey I can say that no matter how low I get, knowing that God loves me and He has the power to change my situation always lifts me out of that pit. Now, enough pep talking let’s grab the rope.

All you have to do is say this prayer out loud and mean it. 

Dear God,

I’ve found myself in this pit, far from you. I’ve been living in a way that ignores you, doing my own thing. Now I see that you have always been there, never far from me and I have been living in sin; it’s why I’m in this place within myself. I believe that you sent your son to die on a cross to wash my sins away and save me. I now accept you as my saviour and Lord. Amen.

That’s it, you are now the newest member of the Kingdom of God!

No doubt if you prayed it and meant it you are feeling better but don’t ride the feeling train as our feelings go up and down, rather see what else God has to say about how much he loves you by digging into His word, find a good Bible teaching church and join a community of believers – I’m telling you if you meant it, your life will never be the same again! Trouble may come but your saviour will always lead you through it. Kiss goodbye to that pit!

Here are some resources to get you started:

http://elevationchurch.org/learn-more

Where to start reading from

The book of John

Take care and God bless you all!

He is Here, He is Near

27 Jun

This is a truly inspiring video by the spoken word poet Amena Brown. Continue reading

Invictus

7 Jun

I recently watched a movie called Invictus. I know I know, it’s old. I saw the ad on the billboards and thought it looked rubbish – and I could not make out what the hell ‘Invictus’ meant. I watched the movie because my sister had put it on and to my surprise it was pretty good. The movie did not answer the question of what Invictus meant, and if it did, I missed it, so I dug around (which means I Googled it) and found out that Invictus is the title of a short Victorian poem written by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) – (for a brief synopsis of his life and what prompted the poem see Wikipedia).

 The poem spoke to me immensely – especially when viewed through the eyes of the most famous occupant of Robben Island, Nelson Mandela. I thought I’d share it with the rest of you too. Continue reading

Podcast – Meeting of the Mindz Ep2 May ’10

1 Jun

So here we are again! This time it’s our very own Sentinel who leads the talk. I won’t steal his thunder, just listen in and enjoy!

Listen to this episode

You should also note that this episode was held in Tiger Tiger in London’s west end – a great place to hang out if you are in the area. As always, leave your comments below.

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The Real Secret Ever Manifested

23 May

Prompted by Sentinel’s recent analysis of ‘The Secret’ (read here), I did a little research to qualify some of its extraordinary statements. Their website claims that the secret is quote “the most powerful law in the universe”. That it’s “the secret to prosperity, health, relationships and happiness”. For the sceptic, it even adds a sweetened hook, one that appears overtly blasphemous, claiming it’s “the secret to life”. To label this a myth and deception would be a gross understatement. 

Now we may not truly discern their scheme or the mystique behind the book/ film’s cult phenomenon but we’ll do well to realise the REAL SECRET that was made known two thousand years ago – the timeless, unblemished truth that is God’s gift to the world, His Son – Jesus Christ. 

This secret was revealed to ordinary shepherds in the land of Bethlehem and God is still revealing His secret to ordinary people from all walks of life today. Unlike Rhonda Byrne’s book, it is authoritative, for in Jesus we find “the way, the truth, and the life”. (John 14:6). Continue reading

The Secret We All Know

20 May

A few days ago a friend of mine carefully handed me a DVD in a manner that suggested that she was the first to discover fire and was now passing on the secret recipe. I had heard a lot about the life changing effects of this particular DVD and so drove home with a little more gusto than usual and after making some coco I jumped into the sofa, turned down the lights and got ready to watch THE SECRET.

No, The Secret is nothing sordid; it is a film / documentary released in 2006 by Rhonda Byrne. The Aussie screenwriter soon followed it up with what became a very successful novel of the same title. Soon she was writing more mini guides which aim to help people live “The Secret” on a daily basis. Over the next two years she milked the genre for all it was worth with more books, appearing on Radio, TV and in magazines where she told the world the formula for achieving their dreams – and all of it lay in “The Secret”.

So…what is this “Secret” then?

…and how did it capture the worlds imagination so much that it catapulted this woman from obscurity to (mini) celebrity? The DVD and books are quite long, so I will condense it for you. It basically says that human beings and [all forces in] the universe are made of energy and thus our thoughts have a direct correlation with not just ourselves, but with the very fabric of our existence. Our thoughts have a frequency, and, plainly put, what we think projects into the universe and the universe provides the means / mechanism by which we get that which our minds dwell upon. Everything that comes into our lives is only there because we have sent out the frequencies which attract them into our lives.

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Strength through Weakness

1 May

This poem was found on the body of an unknown soldier, killed at the battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War of 1863. 

  

 I asked for strength, that I might achieve,
He made me weak that I might learn
humbly to obey…
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do
better things …
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise …
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness that I might feel
the need of God …
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I may enjoy all things …
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I had hoped for,
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered,
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
 

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A Poem from ODB

17 Apr

I like to read Our Daily Bread (see here for more info) and today’s poem was pretty good so I thought I’d share it with all of you: Continue reading