Path Of Least Resistance

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My mother has a great passion and love for the crucifix. Personally, it always reminded me of the pain and suffering that Jesus went through. Yes, I am thankful for what Jesus did for us, but for me, it’s always been his words and deeds that inspired me, as with this words I could always inspire others.

This week my view on the crucifix changed.

I have always been a person that wants to help and please others, sometimes putting my important plans to one side.  Yes, it’s imperative to help others, but some people take advantage of the good nature shown to them, you might be able to relate.

They always seem to need help when you are about to do something important. Rather than say, No, which would leave them unhappy, I will say, Yes, of course I will help you, which leads to me cancelling plans that would help others, meaning being unhappy that I have taken the path of least resistance.

I say, taking the path of least resistance, because saying no to certain people creates resistance, as they will, ignore you, tell others how you didn’t help them, how you let them down in their time of need. All the times that you were there for them seems to mean nothing.

When you are a person of good faith it means that you have the qualities of Jesus, you are caring, generous, selfless. These are fantastic qualities to have, but you will find that there will be people in your life that will take advantage of these qualities.

In my life, certain people always take advantage of my good nature; they often take the caring that I could give to others, for themselves. No matter how much energy I spend on them, it is never enough.

The more I give, the more they seem to take, all my prayers and energy is wasted on them as they never truly listen to my advice.

Jesus did not take the path of least resistance, if anything, he took the path of most resistance. Jesus did what he wanted to do, even though it meant those around him questioning and judging him. Jesus followed his heart to the point of his death, to show the world he believed in this ideas so much, that he was willing to die for them.

The crucifix on the wall now means something very different to me, it reminds me to take the path of resistance like Jesus did. Rather than drop everything and help certain people, I am going to say, I have something important to do now, but I will be available in one hour, tomorrow, next week.

From today, the crucifix  will give me the strength to say no to those that take advantage of my good nature. Instead, I will focus more on the important tasks that will ultimately help those that need it.

Have a good week
Rev J Martin

 

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Eat Like God Intended

healthy-food-wallpapers-19-cool-hd-wallpaperA great personal interest of mine has always been health. Thankfully, I have always been blessed with good health, except maybe for a few knocks here and there. My good health is not by accident, or because of luck. It is because I have always made it a point to look after the body that God has given me.

God gave us our body as a vehicle to take us around. It is up to us to take care of that vehicle. If a friend was going to the other side of the world for a year and left you their diesel car, would you leave it lying up for the year? Would you put petrol in it? Of course not, not driving a car regularly can cause problems with the running of the car, and putting petrol in a diesel car would ruin the engine.

Recipe for disaster

Years of little to no physical activity, combined with years of unhealthy eating and you have a recipe for disaster. Just like the car, no movement will lead to problems, and putting in the wrong fuel can result in the car’s engine seizing.

Many people may not be aware of this, but a heart attack is not a disease that attacks you, it is clogging your system to the point where it breaks down, sometimes with fatal consequences. Of course, I am not a doctor so here is a link to the causes of heart attacks my WebMD.

Now I’m not saying this to scare you; I’m saying this to make you aware. Most people live on processed, tin, packaged food, plus get little physical activity, meaning they are overweight, which leads to being unfit, having aches and pains, and can even put the heart under so much pressure that it can result in a heart attack.

1000 Mile

Now I can’t unload all this information without giving you a solution. As the saying goes, a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step. If you only make one small change each day of the week then over time that will result in massive change.

I write a post on this today because I deal with 100s of people daily that are overweight, have pains and aches, that are always going to the doctors, taking in some case 16-20 pills a day. These same people eat take out food 2-3 times a week, eat nothing but processed, tinned, or package foods. They have health problems because they don’t listen to advice from their doctor or me for that matter.

Sometimes I find that it is often a stranger’s word that resonates the most with us, someone that we have no connection to from day to day.

Change On Horizon

An excellent gauge to the best food to eat is, foods that are as close to their natural source as possible, just out of the ground, or picked off a tree. These foods have natural God-given energy and nutrients.

I always find that when given a challenge, we at the very least give it a go, so my challenge to you today is to eat as much natural, God-given food in the next seven days and please comment on any changes that you see or feel within you.

Praying to God for health will only work if you meet God half way.

 

 

Have a great weekend
Rev J Martin

Less Is More, A Powerful Gospel

James 4.11
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

It is so easy to judge others; maybe they are doing wrong in our eyes, but that does not give us the right to make a judgement on them for their actions.

Yes, people make mistakes, but don’t we all make mistakes? What makes my mistake any better than yours. James is a short but very powerful gospel. Another verse that fits well with this one is James 2.24.

James 2.24
You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

Many people think, all they need to do is attend service each week, and read the word of the Lord, and all will be ok. Meaning, whatever they do the rest of the week is ok. It is the complete opposite, what you do the other 6 days, if anything, is more important.

There is no point “eating the alter rails,” as my grandma used to say, if you talk badly of others, and spread gossip the rest of the week. Something that often gets over looked, is the judgement we deliver upon ourselves. How many times during the week, do we belittle ourselves, with judgemental opinions, saying things like,

I can’t…
L’ll never…
I’m not good enough..

Our children and those around us, don’t do as we say, they do as we do. This is a very important point, actions speak much louder than words. I can try to motivate someone for years, but the moment that i actually do something in my own life, only then do these people stand up and say, well if he can make a change, so can I.

Life Lesson

From today, realise, that all our actions are not just been monitored by God, but more importantly, by those around us. Children, friends, and family. We need to be more aware of our words and actions throughout the week, not just on Sunday.

None of us are perfect, but it is very important to develop a little gap of awareness, you are about to say something bad about a person, learn to pause, often,  all that is required is a restructuring of our words, so instead of speaking in judgement, we speak with compassion or empathy.

Read Often

James is a gospel that is full of strenght and one that i return to often, when anyone has done something against me, a family member or friend.

I would like to leave you with my favorite verses in James gospel.

James 1.2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

Have a good weekend, share words of love.
Rev J Martin