Sometimes what we want we must give. Scripture says it better, give and you shall receive.
If you want to be inspired, be an inspiration to someone else.
If you want to be happier, make someone else smile.
In life it’s the simple things that bring us the most joy.
Just do it is probably one of the most recognisable slogans there is. It is a direct command. Sometimes that is what we need. Someone to say, just do it.
I can only speak for myself, but I often think about doing something for weeks or even months before I start.
We all have things that we would like to do, things that would improve our mental and physical health, but we talk ourselves out of it with excuses.
Starting is the hardest part. Attending that first meeting or making that first phone call, or puting them running shoes on for the first time. Once that is out of the way though, it’s so much easier to follow through.
So, whatever you have been putting off for weeks, months, or even years. Take the first step today. Send the email, make the call. Invest in some running gear. it could be as simple as getting some information.
What holds most people back is they get a burst of faith and decide to climb a mountain before they have walked a mile.
I will use weight as a relatable example.
If you want to lose 10 pounds, eating nothing but salads and milkshakes is not a good starting point. You might keep it up for a week, but chances are you will crash and end up upset which will lead to binge eating and ending up heavier than before.
Instead, start by replacing the slice of cake with a handful of nuts and an orange. Park the car 10 minutes away from work; a few small changes like this will get better results.
Then, when you see the improvement, it will give you the faith that you can do better. So, you slowly cut out unhealthy foods and replace them with healthier options.
Most challenges that we face can be broken down into a series of steps. And when you do this, the challenge seems more manageable; fearful thoughts change to thoughts of faith, which in turn shift to feelings of accomplishment when you start completing each step.
Now, instead of a vicious circle of fear leading to worry and doubt, you have a circle of faith, expanded awareness, and peace of mind.
Whatever is the main thing that is holding you back take the first step today, just do it. And remember that one small step forward is better than staying where you are.
Enjoy your week.
No matter how bad things get there is always a silver lining. It can be hard to see sometimes but if you look hard enough, eventually you will see it.
Many people think that when January is gone, there goes the new year resolution for another year… but this is not the case.
Studies have shown that decisions made in February are the ones that last for the rest of the year.
Maybe its the long stretch in the evenings or the brighter mornings.
We all have unlimited potential within, but if you don’t have goal-directed people around you, you will not get very far.
People that encourage you, people that want to listen, people that want to hear your opinion.
Make 2019 the year that counts, the year that you can look back on and say, that was the year that changed everything.
Work on your faith daily, even if its only a short prayer. Take regular walks in nature and feel the wind in your hair. Connecting with nature can help in so many ways, relieves anxiety, depression and helps your fitness too.
One of my favourite quotes is, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
Make some decisions of faith this week, park the car 10 minutes away from the office or take a walk to the corner shop.
Stick a sticky note on your laptop or back of door, somewhere you will see it often— of the person you want to be.
Say a short prayer, “thank you Lord for all the small things that I take for granted.” Often throughout the day.
Fulfilling your divine destiny is a marathon, not a race. It’s many small steps that over time will get you to your destination.
I believe in you. Take a step of faith today.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy your week.
Rev J Martin
You have probably heard of a man called Steve Jobs. He was the co-founder of the computer business Apple.
Steve Jobs was also a writer and today I read the last essay that he wrote as he lay dying. It contained a lot of wisdom.
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world, ” he said. “In some peoples eyes, my life is the epitome of success but at this moment lying on my bed recording my life I realise that all the recognition, and wealth, that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.”
You can employ someone to drive your car for you, to make money for you but you can not have someone bear your sickness for you.
Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost — Life.
Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family love for your spouse, love for your friends.
Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”
Despite the best and the most expensive medical care, a lung transplant, the skill of the worlds best doctors Steve Jobs died in the days after he wrote his last essay.
When I put it down, I felt humbled. Inspired. Energised. I had been complaining about a few minor ills when what I should have been doing was celebrating the greatest gift of all,
True happiness does not come from material things. When you have mates and old friends, brothers or sisters who you can chat and talk with, that is true happiness.
The six best doctors in the world are, sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence, and friends. Make these things the foundation of your life and everything else will fall into place.
Spend time doing what you love, and with the people that add value to your life
Have a good week. Thanks for reading.