Thursday, 28 March 2013

Still working...

Today my house seems excited and noisy.... Nicky, Josh, Lois & Isaac have all broken up from school for the Easter holidays and do not go back until Monday
15th April!

There is a sense of relief that morning routines can be relaxed
No panic about getting the uniforms washed and ironed
A pause from making sure the homework is completed today

I on the other hand have not finished my sermon for Sunday
This Saturday we are planing to give out more leaflets for the church
I have lots I would like to get done ready for the next term

The great news is that I love my job - so don't mind that I am still working. I consider it a real privilege to be employed by the church and if I did not need money to live would do the job for free. I genuinely believe the church is the hope of the world and love that I get to be involved on the adventure of building a church with friends.

Maybe I am not working either - the role is a pleasure!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My ageing girl

I thought carefully before writing this post - it could get me into trouble.....

My girl is getting old
She has a lot more miles on the clock than when I first met her
To be honest she is showing the signs of ageing
Some parts are beginning to wear out
The bodywork is certainly not new
It requires more effort and energy to get round the block than it used to

Of course I am describing my car.
Along with the rest of the population I am trying to keep my lady on the road (not sure why cars are always referred to as female?) Of the 31million cars on the road in Britain more than 11million are over 10 years old.... my lass has just celebrated her 12th birthday.


The truth is that when only hear 1/2 the story or do not take time to discover all the facts we can get the wrong end of the story.

I have loved preaching on Easter Action: Feet Washing, Barrier Breaking and Donkey Riding. Can't wait till this week when we will focus on Tomb Breaking.

Why don't you visit a local church this weekend and find out about the real meaning of Easter?

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Boys in Pink

I appreciate that times are quickly changing and I often feel old.
When I was young Girls wore pink and Boy's were dressed in blue.

You can imagine my surprise when out shopping with my son for some football boots yesterday that he choose these:

A helpful reminder that things change - try and avoid the ruts of the past.

In what ways does your thinking need to adapt?

Friday, 8 March 2013

Outsmarted

There felt like a day when I could compete - but I am beginning to wonder if that day has passed.
I used to easily win
I used to give them a chance
I used to occasionally loose on purpose
..but no more!

My oldest son is bigger and stronger than me.
My kids seem to win every time we play a game.
They are doing well at school and will achieve more academically than I did.

Yesterday Josh did well in some of his AS exams - he told me it is because he prays in every exam - I know that helps - I used to pray in all my exams  - but never achieved the grades he is!

Seriously as a Dad is is great being in the front cheering on 3 wonderful kids who make me very proud.
I love supporting my kids try their best and reach their potential.

I know the next stage is to feel the same towards other people. I do not need to be in competition with other men my age, other dads with teenagers, my neighbours, other church planters. Getting to a place of security must mean I do not feel threatened by what others achieve but cheerfully celebrate their success, whilst also being grateful and enjoying all that God has for me

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bullets or bread?

I discovered today that 2 bullets for every person on the planet are produced each year.

So often weapons and arms are used to inflict crime, violence, fear, intimidation....  The sale of arms is big business and many wealthy countries are keen to protect their share of this lucrative market.

I am also aware that at the same time on the same planet - people are starving and desperate for food to eat. Human beings hungry and dying.

It can seem easy to point the finger at others, to accuse others of not helping, to challenge others to think and change.

Are you looking after yourself or caring for others?

Matthew 24:34-40
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

What about me?

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Knocked but still going

Hit by a car....

On Thursday afternoon when cycling home from meeting a friend in Harrow, I was struggling to make my bike climb over Harrow on the Hill, when I was shocked by a loud bang
A white van (I am not going to say more...) had tried to whizz past me but not left enough room and ended up smacking my right elbow with his wing mirror.

I pulled over and the guy stopped. He got out and rubbed my arm saying he was sure I would be OK.
I was obviously stunned - but want everyone to know that I was a big boy and did not cry.

I whipped out my mobile and took a coupe of photos of the van..... I don't think he was too pleased as he got back out of his van and as he approached me I thought he was going to hit me again.

Anyway to finish the story - I got back on my bike and rode home.... even able to type this with my right hand!

The reality is that all of us will take a knock or two in life: the question is do we get back on or do we stop?
Have you recently taken a set back?
Is it time you got back in the saddle?