Posted on: 7th Jan 2020
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
At the start of a new year, the temptation is to set this year as ‘your best year ever’. My challenge is to think about the key decisions you could make this year, that your 5-year-future-self would thank you for. This gives us a more realistic timeline to make a significant change, as the years seem to fly by so quickly.
Some decisions you make will be small. They may include eating better, sleeping more, reading or exercising. Write them down and place them somewhere that you will see them regularly.
One of the biggest challenges we all face is how we interact with others. We are going to spend some time this term considering the challenges and standards set by Jesus during his sermon on the mount. No bigger challenge is set than this; “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”
For me, I will do anything for you if you appreciate what I can do and understand my weaknesses. For you, it might be quality time that you crave from others. There is an excellent book called ‘The five love languages’. This will increase your self-awareness.
This year, I pray that you are empowered to make some great daily choices that prepare you for a blessed future. I also pray that you consider how you love to be treated, and look for opportunities to bless others in these ways.
Posted on: 28th October 2019
“If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.”
How self-aware are you? There seems to be a craze at the moment, to find out your Enneagram. Have you heard of this term? In light of recent training, let me mention the morphology of the word. Ennea is the Greek word for ‘nine’ and Gramma means, ‘something this is drawn or written’.
The test asks you a long series of questions in which you decide how strongly you agree or disagree with a range of statements.
The nine refers to the different personality types that you can fit in to. They are: The Perfectionist, The Giver, The Achiever, The Individualist, The Investigator, The Loyalist, The Enthusiast, The Challenger, The Peacemaker.
The strap line for the Enneagram is, ‘Nine ways to be normal’. It is a great reminder that God has given us all gifts and abilities. We therefore have a responsibility to find out what our gifts are. But finding a gift is only the beginning. In 1 Corinthians 14:12, Paul encourages the believers to, ‘Excel in the gifts that build up others.’
My challenge for us all this week is to consider the gifts you have, and then find ways that you can use them to build others up. My prayer is that you will realise your own gifts and support others as they find theirs too. In doing this we can build and strengthen each other.