The Golden Rule


St Wilfrid's Devotional Blog - Golden Rule

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.
Matthew 7:12

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.

Lord direct us to live life to the full

Giving Your All


St Wilfrid's Devotional Blog - Giving All

Posted on: 16th September 2019

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. What can YOU do to run your leg of the race well?
Corinthians 9:24

If you could achieve a world record, what would it be? Do you know what Felix Baumgartner did? Or what David Goggins did 4030 times in 24 hours? Compare this to the achievement of Roger Bannister on May 6th, 1954. All of these challenges required great self-belief and determination. They all faced the challenge of something that hadn’t been done before.

What about you? Will you be the person that the history books will be mentioning? Do you love a challenge enough? Your challenge may not become a world record but I hope you are able to find something this year that causes you to grow to overcome it. I challenge you to enter a race that requires determination, effort and consistency. The house system represents such a competition. It is a marathon, not a sprint. I am inspired when people, who thought they could never run, go on to complete 5k’s, 10k’s, half, then full marathons. For those who think they will not be able to do anything like that, maybe 2019-20 is your year to face a challenge.

In all our challenges and achievements this academic year, let us remember that without love, they are worthless. The promise is that love is the greatest motivation and reward we can receive. I pray that you will love to challenge yourself this year, but I also challenge you, above all, to love.

Lord direct us to live life to the full

Love to Challenge


St Wilfrid's C of E Academy - Devotional Blog 2019 - Challenge

Posted on: 21st Jan 2019

but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:3

If you could achieve a world record, what would it be? Do you know what Felix Baumgartner did? Or what David Goggins did 4030 times in 24 hours? Compare this to the achievement of Roger Bannister on May 6th, 1954. All of these challenges required great self-belief and determination. They all faced the challenge of something that hadn’t been done before.

What about you? Will you be the person that the history books will be mentioning? Do you love a challenge enough? Your challenge may not become a world record but I hope you are able to find something this year that causes you to grow to overcome it. For me it is the rubix cube. I have managed to solve the 3×3 grid, the mirror cube and the 2×2. My latest challenge is the wonky cube. I am inspired by those who never thought they could run, only to read stories of them having completed 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, then full marathons. For those who think they won’t be able to do anything like that, maybe 2019 is your year to face a challenge.

The apostle Paul sets a list of achievements that would challenge anyone; from the abilities to communicate and interpret all languages, to the ability to understand all mysteries, or be able to overcome all adversities with faith. However, something is above them all. Love.

In all our challenges and achievements this next year, let us remember that without love, they are worthless. The promise is that love is the greatest motivation and reward we can receive. I pray that you will love to be challenge yourself this year, but I also challenge you, above all, to love.

Expectations


St Wilfrid's C of E Academy - Devotional Blog - Expectations

Posted on: 4th September 2018

“And he [Jesus] was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he opened the book, He found the place where it was written…”
Luke 4:17

Expectations. What are yours this year? Do you have any? Are you ready to face the new term?
 
It was lovely to start the new year as staff with a Eucharist service at St Luke’s with Rev Cath Brooks. Her message was both inspiring and challenging. In Luke 4, Jesus picked up the scroll for that day and found the scripture that declared that the spirit of the Lord was upon him for a purpose. This heralded the start of Jesus’ mission on earth.
 
Maybe if you are a new member to the Saint Wilfrid’s family then this is the start of your mission. Maybe you have been around for a while but this could also be your time to take on the challenge to live out a new calling or mission.
 
Whatever stage you are at, we pray that this year is one that you experience and recognise the favour of God in your life.
 
Maybe this could be the year of the Lord’s favour for us all. Remember too the challenge from Rev Cath; If God was to show you favour this year, what could you see happen?