Store it up for a rainy day: The power of encouragement

Find yourself feeling discouraged more often lately? Maybe you’re a teacher receiving complaints, a leader experiencing criticism, a volunteer feeling overlooked, or a parent feeling taken-for-granted.

In times like this, it can really help to store up the golden moments, thank yous and affirming words in a place where they can’t be washed away by rainy weather.

The power of the One: standing in the gap for others

The impact of your life is a bit like walking along the seashore across the sand, picking up shells as you go. Those shells you lift along the way represent the lives you have touched. Before you know it, you’ve walked the length of the beach. A little love each day can go a very long way.

Will the next six weeks be a tunnel to get through or a bridge to a better you?

TUNNEL VISION OR BRIDGE THINKING? 🤔

There’s a difference between going TO something and going THROUGH something. If we’re not careful, this whole thing could become a tunnel, and we’ll miss all. we could learn on the way.

What does your pet peeve say about you?

Often when we find ourselves saying yes to things we don’t actually want to say yes to, it’s because we don’t have a strong sense of our core values. Your pet peeves can help you find out what some of these values are.

When you’re asking yourself if you’re making a difference, remember that the tip of the iceberg is all you see

Never measure the fruit of your labours or the impact of your life only by what you see. Because what you see is only the tip of the iceberg.

No regrets: it’s time to do what you’ve been dreaming about.

If you had one day left to live, what would you say, what would you do, and what would you give?

Feeling all wrung out? Self care for emotional sponges

‘Mummy, it really hurts me in my tummy when other people are sad’

Zoë’s wee eyes filled up out of the blue earlier…

When something’s gotta give, give it over.

When something’s gotta give, give it over to the one who got the balance perfectly right.

Jesus walked the impossible tightrope of deity and humanity on this earth. He was always productive, in rest and in work. He poured out endlessly but stored up spiritually. He knew to say no to the wrong things so he could say yes to the right things. He was perfectly self aware without being remotely self focused. He balanced the scales of grace and truth perfectly. He is perfectly consistent in all his judgments and totally fair in all His assessments. His unmistakable authority complements His irrefutable humility. He is always loving, in kindness and in rebuke. He is majestic and meek simultaneously.

Jesus understood who he was and what he came to do. He gave his life so others could find it. And because he lived the perfect life and died the perfect death, he provided a win-win solution to our inability to get things right.