In this fast-paced world, it’s hard to find the time to get anything done. With commitments and notifications every 5 minutes it’s difficult to get a quiet moment.
We can have all these goals and dreams, but they never seem to materialise.
We feel our best when calm, relaxed and full of faith, but attaining that state can be difficult.
Worry and doubt have a way of creeping up on us. Before you know it, you don’t have the same passion and energy that you used to.
You are a truly gifted person with unlimited potential, but if you’re easily distracted and let the problems of life knock you back, you won’t get very far.
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“Snooze, just another 10 minutes. That can’t hurt.”
Most people’s first thought of the day, and if you think these thoughts or similar thoughts, then you are probably rushing to work in the morning, depending on that dose of caffeine to get you through.
With myself, often it’s thoughts of worry, something that I know I must do but keep putting off. What I have learnt is, the sooner I address the problem, the happier I am.
Them first few thoughts let you know what is working or not working in your life.
If you are dreading going to work maybe its time that you did something else, of course, that is easier said than done. With bills to pay and a certain lifestyle to maintain it can be challenging to change your job. It’s the fear of the unknown.
What I suggest is having a creative outlet.
Even a small service that you can provide. Maybe your an excellent painter and decorator, or have a keen eye for interior design. Even a listening ear or caring nature will take you far. We can easily overlook our true gifts and abilities, but entire businesses are built upon them.
Your first few thoughts each morning determines the rest of the day, so it’s essential that you and I make a conscious effort towards thoughts of faith, gratitude and love.
No more negotiating with the alarm clock. Hitting the snooze button once usually leads to hitting it again and again. Then traffic. Then stress. Then late, again.
Starting the morning in this way can create thoughts of struggle and even the feeling that your life will never change. So, in the morning when you feel that thought coming on, “SNOOZE” Replace it with, “Thank you for another day. Thank you that I have a job; thank you that I live in a country that I can make my dreams come true.”
Instead of ‘snooze’ get up and take the time to get a healthy breakfast and enjoy your morning coffee in the fresh air.
Gratitude is the foundation of happiness.
Start the day calm, relaxed, and full of faith and see the difference that it makes. Make the choice that each day is going to be better than the last.
Change those first thoughts and change everything!
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
No matter how we feel, God is always present.
Many people go through times when His presence can feel far away or absent altogether, which is often the case when someone is depressed, in grief or the depths of despair.
We all go through times when we are so busy trying to get everything to work that we don’t take the time to connect with God, thinking that we must do everything on our own strength.
Worry doubt and stress has a way of blinding us from the truth.
It’s so easy to get lost in a web of negative thinking, which in some cases can last for months, if not years. Overcoming negative thinking is achievable in many ways, but the main one is to take time each day to spend in the service of God.
Many think that service means only to pray and to help others, but this is not the case. Service also means to take care of one’s self.
Most people care more about their cars than their own mental and physical health. Fear worry and doubt can destroy your spirit in the same way that water will rust your car.
A little fear worry or doubt is natural, it keeps us safe and away from harm, but constant fear, for example, can lead to illness and pain.
Fear is automatic; like a weed, it does not need care and attention to grow. It can grow in almost impossible conditions. Often I have seen a weed growing in a crack in a wall.
Faith is the opposite.
Faith is very similar to a muscle; it needs the right nutrients and exercise. Most people however only work on their faith when things are going wrong. Then when all is better again, they don’t put in the maintenance, so their faith rusts, so to speak, allowing fear worry and doubt to drift back in.
Then the smallest setback can seem like the biggest of obstacles.
Maintain your faith each day, and you will live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life, where you see and take the opportunities that come your way.
There is so much negative news today that you must make a conscious effort to absorb as much positivity as you can. In the form of reading scripture or motivational books, listening to podcasts, watching films and documentaries that inspire.
We must take control. As much as we may want to, we can never change others. We can only change ourselves.
Thanks for your time. Have a good day.
Rev J Martin
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The conversations of young people intrigue, bewilder and sometimes confused me. “You’ll have to watch this video it’s so funny, you will enjoy it.”
It’s usually a cat or dog doing something weird and on one occasion it was a squirrel on water skis.
Usually the children are bent over laughing, and I’m left holding onto the phone with a smirk on my face at how little amuses the innocent.
One day last week I opened the local paper, and there was a story about a video that had 1 million views, the man in the video was power hosing an old white patio chair.
I read on expecting an animal to knock the hose out of his hand or for someone to play a prank on him but nothing. That was it. A video of a man power hosing a dirty old chair.
The story concluded with the fact that people find satisfaction watching something been cleaned and coming up as new.
It reminded me of my favourite job growing up on the farm at home. The satisfaction I got from power hosing the street in front of our house from all the gravel and dirt carried in by the cars and machinery.
Dirt on a tarmac surface or a patio seat is easy to see but what about the mess on the inside of our lives.
How much more satisfying is it to know that the metaphorical dirt of our lives can be washed clean by our creator who’s laws we have broken.
The bible teaches that when a person realises what they are like on the inside and come to Jesus for forgiveness, he has promised, as far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
The thief on the cross beside Jesus realised this; he knew that he deserved to be there but Jesus the son of God did not, and in full realisation of this he said, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
In that instant, his sin was washed away forever.
What satisfaction there is in knowing that God will cleanse your spirit when you ask for forgiveness with the intention of never repeating the same mistakes.
There was a pastor in Texas who carried the burden of a secret sin he had committed many years before. He had repented but still had no sense of God’s forgiveness.
In his church was a woman who claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ and he with her. The priest, however, was sceptical. To test her he said, “The next time you speak with Christ, I want you to ask him what sin your pastor committed while he was in seminary.” The woman agreed.
A few days later the priest asked, “Well, did Christ visit you in your dreams?”
“Yes he did”, she replied.
“And did you ask him what sin I committed in seminary?”
“Well, what did he say?”
“He said, ‘I don’t remember.’”
The other day having a coffee a group of college students walked in and took a seat, without a word they took their phones out and scrolled for a few minutes. Then they started chatting; it was as if the phone was protection, used to fuel the conversation, when it got going the phones went down for a few minutes, then it was back to the phones.
This pattern seemed to continue on repeat.
Technology is amazing, but for many, it’s the screen they hide behind.
Have we got so afraid of who we are that we need facebook, snapchat and other apps to fuel our conversations?
It got me questioning what are we searching for in all these apps? Is it meaning, is it approval, is it acceptance?
For me, life is about connecting with people; it’s about listening, it’s about helping each other.
We all crave attention we all want to be accepted by others, so much so that sometimes we can forget the only relationship that matters. Our relationship with God.
The problem with our spiritual connection is, it’s subtle. So subtle that many take it for granted. Plus it takes relaxation, calmness and peace and when do we have time for that?
I have nothing against technology; only for it I would not be talking to you today, but it’s so important that we take time to switch it off.
When I started to do this, I found myself feeling very sleepy and often fell asleep. Smartphones laptops and tv continuously stimulates the mind; it’s unable to rest. Over weeks and months, it can wear you down.
When you don’t give your mind a rest, all the tension and stress builds up, which can lead to illness and pain.
If you feel overwhelmed at this time, I highly recommend trying the following. Take time today, whatever you can spare and close your eyes.
Feel the world around you, the noises, the sensations in your body, feel Gods presence and know that you are loved, and accepted.
Be still with no distractions. It could be in the form of prayer, a walk in nature, or a lay down on your bed.
When you give yourself this time stress, and tension will subside, you will see problems and difficulties from a new perspective.
Done regularly you will see significant changes in your life.
I have a no phones rule when I meet a friend for coffee or lunch. One to one meetings gives others an opportunity to open up to you with anything that might be troubling or worrying them. Continually checking notifications can come across that you’re not interested in what a friend is saying, and this is not an impression I want to give.
Remove the screens and have more profound connections.
Thanks for reading.
Rev J Martin
I find it almost impossible to STOP; while others seem to take relaxation in their stride.
My mind is always racing with ideas, all the things that I convince myself, I must do. All this added pressure doesn’t help. I want to do so much but have so little time.
Im sure I am not on my own.
The only solution that I can come up with is allocating time to rest. Just time each week that you turn everything off and unplug from the world. Phone off. Laptop off. Take time just to be.
I visit certain people who live a relaxed lifestyle, just being in their presence I feel a calmness within my soul.
It is in this calmness that most of my ideas, wisdom and mental clarity happen, so why do I not spend more time there?
In these moments I see the world so beautifully, then I’m off on the road again.
In this busy world, we need to make conscious effort to slow down. If we don’t— the stress and pressure can build up to illness and pain; the body can only take so much.
Our bodies slowly break down.
I regularly have sore backs, sore throats but rather than Stop; I carry on. My body is giving me messages, but I refuse to listen.
Waking this morning, I didn’t feel good at all. This idea, STOP, shouted louder than anything else, so I decided to write it down. Maybe its time I stuck this up on the wall as a reminder that if I don’t slow down, I will STOP.
I’m beginning to realize that I need to take time for myself each week. I can’t reply to every message or email, and even when I do the tiredness distorts my judgment.
When you are at full strength, only then can you give others the energy that they deserve, and need.
thank you for reading and have a good day.