Love

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”

[1 Corinthians 13:13. NLT]

As we begin another year – a few thoughts to reflect on

 

Life gets very busy. We easily get caught up with all sorts of ‘stuff’ and ‘things’. There are so many ‘tasks’ and things to ‘do’. In the midst of the hustle and bustle we can quickly lose sight of what is most important.

 

When it all comes down to it, LOVE really is the most important thing and that means a focus on our relationships, especially with family and friends. When you have children in hospital, a relative pass away very suddenly or a best friend go through surgery you discover that NOTHING else matters – except those valuable relationships.

 

Today, and throughout this year, make LOVE the central theme of your life. Slow down. Listen more. Pay attention. Be fully present in the moment. Seek to understand. Reach out. Touch someone. Really LOVE.

 

What a genuine difference that will make to our world! “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” [2 Corinthians 11:2-3. NKJV]

 

How easily life becomes complex in our fast-paced and ever-expanding world. Complexity usually leads to stress and overload. Peace and an inner sense of well-being quickly disappear. Life becomes a bit like a rat race or a never-ending treadmill. Sometimes you just want to get off. We feel exhausted.

 

Some times we need to clear the clutter and SIMPLIFY our life. Maybe its time to do more … with less.

Here are a few things that you might want to do to SIMPLIFY your life this year:

  • Slow down a little.
  • Re-evaluate your priorities. There is always more to do than you have time for. This problem won’t go away. Re-negotiate your ‘agreements’ – with others and yourself. Maybe it’s time to do less.
  • Say a nice ‘no’ a bit more often.
  • Spend more time with God. Talk to him. Read his Word.
  • Spend more time with people. Be more hospitable. Write some encouragement cards.
  • Clear the clutter – get rid of unnecessary ‘stuff’. Have a big clean up. Start with your garage and move through the whole house (including your wardrobe). Anything you haven’t used for six months, maybe you don’t really need it anyway. Give it away (to friends or your local Op shop) or throw it away, if its junk.
  • Practice contentment (Philippians 4:11. 1 Timothy 6:8). Life is not made up of the abundance of things we own (Luke 12:15). Resist advertising that seeks to make you dissatisfied with what you have now.
  • Consider ‘down-sizing’. Are you under a huge weight of debt? Maybe you’d be better off with ‘less’ and yet with greater joy and peace in your heart.
  • Don’t overwork. Keep the ‘Sabbath’ principle. Rest. Recreate. Relax. Laugh. Enjoy life.
  • Look after yourself. Sleep well. Take a walk. Eat healthy food.

 

“…  the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” [Micah 6:8. NLT]

 

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” [James 1:19-20. NLT]

 Life is all about relationships. Relationships are built on good communication. Good communication only occurs through effective listening. Listen more this year, beginning today. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

  • Listening communicates love and value.
  • Listening helps you understand other people.
  • Listening earns you the right to be heard.

 

Talk a little less this year. Ask a lot more questions. Listen more.

You’ll be a better friend … you’ll learn a lot … and you’ll probably end up making a greater impact on your world.

 

Have a great and enjoyable year with Jesus.

Yours in His Grace HANNA and HUDA

 



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It’s hard to believe that another year is history and a new one has just begun. These times of transition between seasons give us an opportunity to “reflect” on how our life is really going and to “resolve” to do some things differently.

 

Of course, we know that it will take more than reflection and some resolutions to bring about deep and lasting change in our lives. We need to go deeper within our hearts and look at our values – what really matters most.

 

What matters most to you?


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Describe a time when you felt like you were ‘running on empty’.

What did it feel like, what were some of the contributing factors, and what did you do about it?

Discuss the concept of ‘margin’. Why is it important and how do we create it in our lives?


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Listen to what the prophet Isaiah had to say about this …


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You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Psalm 23.5

Today I will…


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The believers today are faced with a choice: follow the Spirit of God into a new time and season or resist Him by grasping for past glories.

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76. I am bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19,20; 7:23)
77. I am called. (1 Corinthians 7:17)
78. I am a member of Christ’s Body. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30)
79. I am victorious through Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

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