When I was younger I didn’t always like walking. I found it rather pointless, putting on layers, boots, driving somewhere, walking around. Then, at a certain age, it didn’t seem so bad – there might be a pub involved with a welcoming fire, tasty food and refreshing drink.
Modern society guarantees all of us two certificates - a birth certificate and a death certificate. What happens in between (our life!) is up to us.
“If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”
The thought of standing in front of Jesus and giving an account for what we have done in our lives can seem like a daunting proposition. The questions begin to run through our minds as we think about what we might say to him. How will we ever justify our actions and our thoughts.
After trekking up a mountain, there's a particular feeling you get when you finally stand at the top and take in the view. It’s the same feeling when you see the ocean spreading out beyond the horizon, or when lying back on a clear night to see the endless stars shining down. You can't help but stop and stare at the earth, sea and sky and their phenomenal beauty. The feeling they evoke is a simultaneous mix of awe and humility – the vastness and scale accentuates our own smallness. These experiences reinforce the idea that there is something or someone bigger and greater than us.
Life can be stressful, busy and tiring. The idea of rest is very appealing, something all of us could benefit from. At the beginning of the Bible God introduces the concept of rest and it is a theme that runs throughout the entire book.
Have you ever spent time looking high and low for something that you just can't find – your keys, your phone, a bag, a book – only to have somebody else point to it straightaway, right there in plain view? It can be so frustrating!
Have you ever wondered what it actually means to follow Jesus?
We live in a world that is so used to the word ‘follow’, be it on Instagram, Twitter or any other social network. But to follow Jesus has much more meaning to it.
Imagine if every day you were given £86,400 and it was up to you how you spent it. That is a lot of money! There’s just one rule: you can’t save any for the next day.
"There is more to life than increasing its speed” Mahatma Gandhi
Why are we addicted to being in such a rush? Can 2017 be the year that we slow down? Could this year finally be one where our headlong, fruitless dash just slows a little, and we look for peace with God?
It’s that time of year again. It’s cold outside, it’s dark in the afternoon and the festive season is upon us. As you read this, people will be adorning their homes with lights and putting up this year's tree, eagerly anticipating December 25th. It’s a time for family, for carols, for sharing and for rejoicing.
The Bible talks about God’s future kingdom on earth, an exciting time when sorrow disappears and gladness and joy take its place. When considering prayer, the interesting phrase the Bible uses is ‘… the dwelling place of God is with man’. God wants to be with us!
Do you live a balanced life? Do you ever consider the things that really matter, the things that are long standing and eternal? Soon Jesus will return to the earth to set up his everlasting kingdom, a kingdom of peace, justice and joy. Getting the balance right now, will help you be there.
Life has a habit of running away with itself. There are times when the day seems to be nothing more than endless dashing from one thing to another, leaving us barely able to catch breath. We like to think we have things in control, but the reality is we are often just reacting to events, or lurching from one panic to another.
Summer is finally here. School has finished for another year, the shops are bursting with beachwear and the roads are becoming blocked with holidaymakers heading to the coast. It's the season of sun-cream, ice-lollies and sandy feet.
Trees are the "lungs of the earth". They provide the oxygen we need to be able to breathe and live. They are essential to our planet and support all manner of life.
If we choose to follow Jesus, to be like Jesus, to love each other like Jesus loves us, we will be in the light. We will shine in the darkness, we will not be overcome. “Let there be light” is a call to action for us all each and every day.
Why does everyone in the 21st century struggle so hard for contentment? What is stopping us from being satisfied?
How great does it feel when we’ve made the time to de-clutter? All that extra space, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing where things are. We can start spending our time and energy on the things that really matter.
Spring is fast approaching. This sleepy winter is coming to an end and the earth is waking up. Days are lengthening, and the sun shines brighter. Winter boots, hats and gloves are being abandoned, pushed to the back of the closet ready for next year.
Valentines Day can be summed up in the famous saying: ‘the greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return’. Valentines Day is only one day, it promises one day of love. Thankfully God’s love is not so fickle. It is eternal.