When our thoughts are lost in worry in can be helpful to focus our mind on something else. Prayer is an excellent solution as it focuses our mind on God.
It focuses our mind on all the times that things worked out for the best.
It can be hard when your in the grips of worry to think about anything else but this is exactly when you will feel the biggest benefit.
When you get in the habit of looking for the silver lining you will always find it.
A life lived and shared that is no more.
Think before you speak and you will be happier.
For many happiness is a mystery, but not for me.
Giving to others is where happiness originates. And giving does not mean money, it means time, energy, a listening ear.
It is my belief that each and every one of us, religious or not has a ministry to live out. Each of us has a mission that we must fulfil.
Ministry is best known for the spreading of faith, but for me ministry goes much deeper than that. Any way that you help others live better lives could be called a ministry.
You will find that if you are not working a job where you directly change peoples lives for the better, you will be unhappy and unfulfilled. You will not enjoy going to work and will find yourself living for the weekend.
I’m sure you know people like this?
This year has been tough, and it’s so easy to get lost within our problems, trying to make sense of it all. The problem is everyone is just as fearful and afraid so any search for answers will only leave you worse off.
If you are feeling depressed or unhappy at this time, the best thing that you can do is to help others. You will find that your world will seem so much brighter if you offer others a helping hand.
Whether that be in the form of visiting an elderly neighbour or letting a relation on the other side of the world know that you care. Even a text message to someone can make their day.
It’s important to remember that everyone is going through the same as you. Each with their own fears. So let now be a time when we join together and help each other out in any way that we can.
Where we show our communities that even though there is a lot of fear and hostility in the world. There is still an ocean of love.
One of the most memorable passages of scripture is found in Luke 11:1, where it says: One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him. “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Jesus was modelling prayer to the disciples by spending long hours in prayer. They saw that he had something they didn’t. They saw that Jesus had a connection with God, and they desired to have the same.
The interesting thing is that the disciples never said, “Lord, teach us to preach, or, Lord, teach us to heal, or, Lord, teach us to perform miracles.”
They said plain and simple, “Lord, teach us to pray. This suggests that the most important lesson that we can learn is how to pray.
Jesus’ disciples saw the need to pray. They saw what prayer meant to the life of Jesus, and they knew that the solution to every problem was prayer. They knew that the only way to build up Christian character was through prayer. They knew that for them to have power, they would need a powerful prayer life.
So they said, “Lord, teach us to pray.
Garden of Gethsemane
Just before His arrest, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
The command came after Jesus had found the disciples sleeping instead of praying (verses 38–40). He had warned them that they needed to stay awake and pray with Him, but “their eyes were heavy” (verse 43), and they kept falling asleep. They slept right up until the time the armed mob came to take Jesus away (verses 45–47).
Unless we pray daily, we too will fall asleep, asleep to the effect our negative feelings and emotions are having on us. We want things to get better; we want our faith to be strengthened.
We have the best of intentions, but the temptation to worry, doubt and be fearful takes control. The temptation to be angry, to judge others, to hold onto unforgiveness, pain, and regrets, is just too much.
Our spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Having More Faith
An essential part of faith is to realise that fear and faith cannot exist at the same time; it’s like a tossed coin; it’s either heads or tails its impossible to be both.
This is why Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to ‘pray without ceasing.
Daily prayer means that fear doesn’t dominate your thought life, which means that you spend less time thinking about your problems and more time focusing on solutions.
So no matter what situation you find yourself in, PRAY.
Prayer lifts you to highs that you cannot reach on your own—giving you strength, confidence, and faith—giving you the power to overcome all negativity.
If you are feeling anxious, confused or angry at this time, pray. With the weapon of prayer, you are capable of doing great things.
Fridays are bin day where I live. One week it is general rubbish (Black bin) and the next it is recyclables and composting (Blue & Brown bin). Or as it is on my calendar black bin or blue bin, as I rarely put down the brown bin as I do my own composting as I have a flower and vegetable garden.
This week it was blue bin.
When I awakened, I heard the first bins getting collected. They collect the composting first then within the hour the second one comes for the recyclables.
As I awoke, I really didn’t want to get up, but the blue bin was full, and I knew I had too. I knew as soon as I got out of bed that was the hard job done.
It’s often that first step that is the hardest—just getting started.
What so many people do is they replay the entire journey in their head, which puts them off from even beginning. Using my simple morning challenge as an example.
If I had off thought about getting out of bed then getting changed, then going out in the cold morning air, I might have just lay there and regretted that decision for the next two weeks as all the rubbish built up.
Very often in life, we build small things into big things, and it results in us never even starting. Then 2-3 years down the road we regret not making a few sacrifices.
I once read that the pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the weight of regret weights tonnes. Something as simple as getting out of bed early each morning can have a massive impact on your life.
The journey of a million miles starts with one step, make that step today.