family

If you look at Pastor’s in America, they are nearly always portrayed having a perfect family, wife and two children. An advert for the church.

It is beautiful and powerful to see.

It’s almost saying when you are a good person and do the will of God you will be graced with a perfect life.

Yes, on many occasion this may be true, but in my own personal experience, I have found that God will put into your path exactly what is needed for you to evolve into the person that He sent you here to become.

People that have grown up in a very dysfunctional family often go on to help others going through similar situations; doing social work, counseling, etc.

People that have grown up with a sick mother or father often go on to be a carer, a doctor or nurse.

We all have events happen to us in life that steer us in a particular direction.

However, some people look at it negatively, rather than look for the silver lining they look at it as a cross to bear. Asking questions like, Why did this happen to me? Why was I brought up this way? Why can I not get a break?

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They take it personally; only looking at how it has affected them rather than looking at the bigger picture. They fail to see that the hand of God is even within devastation and destruction.

Many people that have had a bad start in life think God has abandoned them. This could not be further from the truth.

For many years I was not happy, the more I tried to fit in with others the unhappier I became. For the longest time, I did not understand why God had made me this way. I was caring, loving had great compassion and empathy but yet I walked alone.

I was walking a road that was very overgrown, but every time I walked the beaten path rather than being happier, I fell further into despair.

Not until I embraced the word of God did my life fall into place. Only then could I see; all the hardships I had been through were simply preparing me to connect deeper with people.

Making the link my life was simplified

 

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My main message that I would like you to get today is no matter how hard or difficult your life may seem right now, take a step back and see things from a different perspective. Your life may not be the way that you would like it to be, but it is exactly how it is meant to be.

Everything that happened to you in your life has made you the person you are today. You may have gone through hardship, but how can you turn that around to your advantage?

What has your journey been preparing you to do?

What lessons is God trying to teach you but you are failing to hear?

What fears are you walking away from rather than meeting head on?

Simplify your life by asking yourself a different set of questions; when you do, you will quickly get a different set of answers.  Start to ask questions that empower you, help you grow both personally and spiritually.

Ask questions to bring your life from where it is now to where you would like it to be.

Have a great Sunday.
Reflect. Relax. Unwind.

Rev J Martin

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