Posted on: 19th November 2018
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.”
What is the link between 2004 and 2016?
One link I would like to consider this week is unexpected success. The stage was set for Portugal, in Portugal, to secure the European Championship against an unexpected opponent. But the domination of possession and shots could not overcome the single goal scored in that game. But who were the winners?
5000-1 were the odds given to Leicester City at the start of the season. Reports praise the efforts of the three stars of the team, but I would like to suggest it was everyone connected to the team that brought the victory.
In Judges 7 we read the story of the defeat of Midian. Gideon was called a ‘Mighty Man of Valour’ by God, who found him hiding. The story strikes me as odd that the mighty man was hiding, but God knows how to pick them. Gideon was probably feeling like the odds were in his favour as he had an army of 32,000. God had other plans.
The first stage of fine tuning the army involved asking those who were afraid to leave. The remaining 10,000 faced the second stage, drinking water at the river. 9,700 drank like dogs and were asked to go home. The story ends with 300 men defeating the Midianites with trumpet, empty jars and burning torches. Now that is an underdog story!
As we consider the power of team and the difference supporting each other brings this week, remember the encouragement the Apostle Paul offers in Galatians 6:2. If you are to fulfil the law of Christ, look for opportunities to support and help those in your team. Having people around you who offer support really is a gift from God and a game changer.
Posted on: 26th Feb 2018
“Be very careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.”
This week’s theme is about our compass, our moral compass, something that we all have that enables us to gage and react to situations around us. But our moral compass also allows us to set the direction for our life.
From time to time we may twist and turn learning new things about our world around us but as our compass surface area expands, we may question more of how we feel and what we believe.
It’s here where we have the opportunity to make the change. See, if you change your direction by one degree now, in the future you will be facing a whole different direction.
In Ephesians 5 v 15-16 it says: Be Very Careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.
We are thrown so much in life, trouble, love, anger, adoration, but when we get the opportunities to use our moral compass, be careful how you live, wisely making choices and make the most of every opportunity.