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BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS 

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.

We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields blossom

while others lay brown beneath the August sun.

Care for those around you. 

Look past your differences.

Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made.

And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you possess.

To give is to love.  To withhold is to wither.

Care less for your harvest than how it is shared

and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.

By Kent Nerburn

     

Everyone of us is created by God.  Each one of us is unique and special.  No two people are exactly alike.  We all have individual talents, gifts, strengths and weaknesses.  We grow in maturity at different times and at different rates.  We learn about life in different ways and at different times. 

Remember that being ‘born again’ is only the start of the Christian life.  We ask Jesus to come and live in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit and we are changed from that moment on.  But to make us fit to live in Heaven eternally, there is a lifelong work by God working in us, to make us like His Son Jesus.  The Holy Spirit gradually works in us to produce godly thoughts, attitudes and behaviour.  We find that after we become a Christian we start to think in different ways about certain things than we did before.  We are not so judgemental about other people for example.  We realise we are forgiven sinners not perfect people.  Our attitudes change also.  Some prejudices we had before seem ridiculous now that we are starting to see things from God’s perspective. 

The song below ‘It’s not where you start’ from the musical show, reminds me that no matter how bad we were before we were ‘saved’ or ‘born again’, if we keep walking daily with Jesus, God will work with us and in us, so that one day (either when we die, or when Jesus returns to earth for the second time), we shall arrive in Heaven and hear Jesus words ‘Well done my good and faithful servant’.  Remember that Jesus is the only way to God the Father.

John Chapter 14:1-10   Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

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Matthew Chapter 25 verse 21   “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

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IT’S NOT WHERE YOU START  

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish

It’s not how you go, it’s how you land

A hundred to one shot, you call him a clutz

Can out run the favourite, all he needs is the guts

Your final return will not diminish

And you can be the cream of the crop

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish

And you’re gonna finish on top

If you start at the top, you’re certain to drop

You’ve got to watch your timing, better begin by climbing

Up, up, up the ladder

If you’re going to last, you can’t make it fast, man

Nobody starts a winner, give me a slow beginner

Easy does it my friend, conserve your fine endurance

Easy does it my friend, for that’s your life insurance

While you are young, take it rung after rung after rung

after rung after rung after rung after rung after rung.

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish,

It’s not how you go, it’s how you land

A hundred to one shot, you call him a clutz

Can out run the favourite, all he needs is the guts

Your final return will not diminish

And you can be the cream of the crop

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish

And you’re gonna finish on top!

IT’S NOT WHERE YOU START     From the Broadway Musical “Seesaw” (1973)   (Cy Coleman / Dorothy Fields)   Copyright

Tommy Tune & Company (Broadway Production) – 1973      Shirley MacLain – 1976   Barbara Cook – 1993

Also recorded by: Maggie Worsdale; Lyric Theatre Singers.

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Don’t compare yourself with other people.  Be yourself and put God first in everything you do.  Then you will grow into the person God created you to be.  Then life will be worthwhile.  You will have a purpose.  Your life will have love, joyand peace, in spite of any adverse circumstances which come your way.  Life is never all roses for anyone, but with God it is possible to have a deep down joy that nothing can take away.  Joy is not just temporary happiness. Circumstances and mood can affect happiness.

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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I hope you will find encouragement from the following articles.

Just click on the titles and enjoy!

A MEMO FROM GOD

A MESSY LIFE THAT NEEDS CLEANING

ANOTHER MEMO FROM GOD

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOM GOD CORRECTS

CLAY BALLS

CONFIDENCE

DARE TO BE AN EAGLE

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOURSELF

FAITH IN MYSELF

FATHER’S LOVE LETTER

GO AFTER YOUR DREAMS

GUARD YOUR FUTURE

IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE WAY I AM

I’LL BEGIN AGAIN

JESUS ANNOINTED BY A SINFUL WOMAN

MY DADDY GOD

NOT GOOD ENOUGH

SET YOURSELF FREE

THE TWENTY DOLLAR BILL

THE UGLY DUCKLING

THE WORRY CLOAKROOM

TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT

WHAT I BELIEVE

WHETHER!!

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