Frustrated? Need Some Change?

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Many of us want to change; we want to be a better version of ourselves. We want to have more money, more friends, a better job. We always want more. Often people think of more in material terms, but even with myself, I want to see more fairness in the world, I want more people to live in faith, I want more children to have better role models, I want more people to stand up for what is right.

All this wanting creates frustration, mainly because God can not always grant us what we want, on our timetable. Sometimes what we pray for, is not what God thinks is best for us.

Over the last two weeks, I had many frustrations that I know you will be able to relate to,

•    Feeling frustrated that I would like to do more,

•    Frustrated that things are not going, as I would like,

•    Frustrated at others for not doing, as I would like them to do.

Some frustration is good to motivate us. The problem arises when we let the frustration build up inside of us and never check it, so, it is always just beneath the surface, waiting for something to set it off.

Being frustrated is bad for ourselves and the people around us.

So what is the solution?

Since my last post I have been very frustrated, as a particular situation in my life was not going as I would like. I couldn’t settle or relax as it was always on my mind. Then as I was praying one day, a thought came into my mind saying, be thankful for what you do have.

This thought resonated with me.

We get so caught up in our lives and the lives of others, that we forget to be thankful for what we do have.  When we are feeling frustrated with life, take a pause, and be thankful.  Yes, you may not have what you desire in your life right now, but if it is Gods will, it is on its way.

Learn to become thankful for all the things that God has graced you with, health, a family that loves you, a community that cares, a garden, a friend. We can take for granted even the simple act of hearing until we meet someone that is deaf.

When writing this post a friend mentioned a name of a speaker called Nick Vujicic. I searched for him on YouTube and discovered this heart touching video. Instantly all the minor stresses that were on my mind faded away; I was so thankful to God for blessing my life.

Frustration mainly comes from focusing on the wrong things, which makes you forget about how much you have already achieved, all the things that are going well in your life. It’s so easy to forget God is in control.

Over this Easter season, try to be a little more thankful when you feel life is against you. Also, when you see others being frustrated with life, remind them to be thankful.

A great part of faith is to spread the knowledge that we have gained with others. We all need a gentle reminder to realign our focus, to get back on course

 

Have a great Easter Tuesday
Rev J Martin

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tempt blog

The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human.

Temptations are all around us constantly; it is so hard to say no sometimes.  This is one of the main reasons why a lot of people turn their back on religion. People want to do what they want, whenever they want.

One of the greatest things God has given them is free will, so of course they have the right to do whatever they please, but what people don’t realize is the reason behind the rules.

Many people think that happiness means doing exactly what they want – when they want – however they want, but this is not how you reach happiness. True happiness comes from discipline, and from discipline comes growth.

Many people today don’t realize the power of discipline. Without discipline we are weak, without discipline our lives are in disarray, without discipline we will never become the people we were sent here to become.Where there is discipline, there will be temptation, the temptation to fall back into your old ways. Every time that you say no to a temptation, it shows that you are in control, that you are becoming a stronger person. God wants to give you great things but only if you demonstrate that you are worthy of them.

4:30am

For Lent each year, many people cut out sweets, chocolate or coffee, etc. I start something rather than cut out something. I find that it’s more beneficial to do something that will develop you as a person.This year I decided that I would set my alarm for 4.30am each morning. In the beginning, I felt exhausted as I would go to bed at my usual time of 12 pm. I have always been a night owl. After a few days, I started to go earlier and earlier, until I got into a routine of going to bed at 9.30-10.

This year I decided that I would set my alarm for 4.30am each morning. In the beginning, I felt exhausted as I would go to bed at my usual time of 12 pm. I have always been a night owl. After a few days, I started to go earlier and earlier, until I got into a routine of going to bed at 9.30-10.

In the beginning, there was the temptation to hit the snooze button and have an extra couple of hours but after two weeks, I started to notice the difference it was making. I noticed reading first thing in the morning was so much more enjoyable than night, as my mind was fresh.

Before the world was awake, I had my morning read, breakfast and an early morning walk which set me up for the day.  I had more energy and my mood was better than it had been for years. Over the last few weeks, I have noticed how much more relaxed I am approaching situations that would have me flustered in the past.

Whenever I challenge myself; I come closer to God, and to all those that are around me. I find I evolve as a person; my character gets stronger, I strengthen mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

What I would like you to do for the next few days is to challenge yourself to do something that you have been meaning to do for awhile but never got around to. Whenever you challenge yourself to do something new you will find the temptation to fall back into your old ways, this temptation is good as it shows that what you want to achieve is worth working towards, if there is no resistance then there is simply nothing worth attaining.

 

Have a great week.
Rev J Martin

 

Little Old Lady

I actually had another post in mind for this week in draft but today on my way through town, I was rushing as always and happened to get caught behind an little old lady with a walking stick.

Instantly I was brought to the present moment with a thought, slow down, I realised that did not have to be anywhere for a couple of hours.

It is surprising how we rush through life, even when we have no place to go.

When I slowed down, I noticed that although it was a cold day it was sunny and there was a clear sky. I began to look around me, and noticed the sound of the street, I felt the cold refreshing breeze against my face.

The simple act of being stopped in my tracks reminded me of how important it is to enjoy each day and not just wait until my day off too relax.

As children we are so fascinated with the world, every new sound intrigued us, we notice the little things like a weed growing 4 foot in the air from a chimney top. There is a famous saying,

“You don’t stop doing things when you grow old, you grow old when you stop doing things.”

I realised that I had stopped being fascinated with the world, God creation is all around me at all times and often I ignore it. We all live in a fast-paced world that has our minds active from eyes open to eyes closed.

When this happens week to week it leads can lead to stress, tiredness, lack of sleep. We all need moments every day that we connect with God, not just through prayer but also through connecting with the world around us.

From today, I would like you to start to do some of them things that you stop doing years ago, maybe because you forgot to, or maybe because you think that you have grown out of them. Walk barefoot in grass, try not to step on the cracks in the pavement, look for that weed in a chimney top.

Our heaven father has given us a beautiful playground that quite often we take for granted trying to get to our next destination or locked into our smartphone.

Being thankful and admiring his creation does not mean that you will not get to your next meeting, or miss your plane, it means that you will have several moments throughout the day were you connect with him.

Take time to have a look around today

Rev J Martin