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PAUL + TIMOTHY

Paul took a young guy named Timothy under his wing. They had such a strong mentor/mentee relationship Paul called him his 'true son in the faith' (1 Timothy 1:2 GNT). The pair ended up travelling, helping to grow, and look after, churches. They even ended up in prison on more than one occasion for their Godly work together. Paul helped Timothy become the person that God wanted him to be, and he could only do that because Timothy knew how to take advice seriously.



It's so, so important to be able to learn from others. You will always have something to learn. André Agassi is a world-class tennis player who has a coach who isn't nearly as good on the court as he is. 'Tennis requires subtle adjustments crucial to winning and my coach... is the best... The older I get, the more valuable he becomes.' Even consistent winners need help to improve!



Chances are, there's someone in your church who could teach you a lot - someone to go back to with questions and problems and ideas and prayer requests and, well, everything.



So what now? Go on... ask for advice. It can sometimes feel a bit weird talking about faith with someone outside of our group of mates. Especially when the person seems to be one of those have-it-all-together people. But that's exactly the sort of person who might just make a great mentor. It's worth being brave.

Soulfood : Jn 14:6-11, Acts 4:8-12, Acts 16:22-34, Mt 1:18-21

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PAUL + TIMOTHY

Paul took a young guy named Timothy under his wing. They had such a strong mentor/mentee relationship Paul called him his 'true son in the faith' (1 Timothy 1:2 GNT). The pair ended up travelling, helping to grow, and look after, churches. They even ended up in prison on more than one occasion for their Godly work together. Paul helped Timothy become the person that God wanted him to be, and he could only do that because Timothy knew how to take advice seriously.



It's so, so important to be able to learn from others. You will always have something to learn. André Agassi is a world-class tennis player who has a coach who isn't nearly as good on the court as he is. 'Tennis requires subtle adjustments crucial to winning and my coach... is the best... The older I get, the more valuable he becomes.' Even consistent winners need help to improve!



Chances are, there's someone in your church who could teach you a lot - someone to go back to with questions and problems and ideas and prayer requests and, well, everything.



So what now? Go on... ask for advice. It can sometimes feel a bit weird talking about faith with someone outside of our group of mates. Especially when the person seems to be one of those have-it-all-together people. But that's exactly the sort of person who might just make a great mentor. It's worth being brave.

Soulfood : Jn 14:6-11, Acts 4:8-12, Acts 16:22-34, Mt 1:18-21

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DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT - JUST DO IT!

You have something important to do. And after dozens of texts, meaningless tasks and even a tidy room later, you'll do it. Even though, really, you should have just done it first thing...



Following God can sometimes, very unfortunately, follow that routine. Have a think, are there certain aspects of the Christian life too difficult to start attempting? Or maybe something God's been prompting you to do that just feels too big? You already know that the answer isn't in ignoring those things. We don't really need to tell you that. But we will anyway. The answer isn't in ignoring what needs to be done and doing something else instead. Procrastination gets you nowhere.



James 4:13-17 talks about how we can't really know about the future (aside from what God tells us about it, when He chooses to). Then, it says: 'So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.' Essentially, James is saying 'get your act into gear and do what you know is right.'



So what now? Is there something that God wants you to do that you've been putting off or ignoring? Is there a part of the Christian life that you've never really wanted to adopt, even though you know you should? Well, here's some practical advice for today: Just do it!

Soulfood : Job 15-17, Lk 1:67-80, Ps 12, Ecc 9:17-18

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DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT - JUST DO IT!

You have something important to do. And after dozens of texts, meaningless tasks and even a tidy room later, you'll do it. Even though, really, you should have just done it first thing...



Following God can sometimes, very unfortunately, follow that routine. Have a think, are there certain aspects of the Christian life too difficult to start attempting? Or maybe something God's been prompting you to do that just feels too big? You already know that the answer isn't in ignoring those things. We don't really need to tell you that. But we will anyway. The answer isn't in ignoring what needs to be done and doing something else instead. Procrastination gets you nowhere.



James 4:13-17 talks about how we can't really know about the future (aside from what God tells us about it, when He chooses to). Then, it says: 'So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.' Essentially, James is saying 'get your act into gear and do what you know is right.'



So what now? Is there something that God wants you to do that you've been putting off or ignoring? Is there a part of the Christian life that you've never really wanted to adopt, even though you know you should? Well, here's some practical advice for today: Just do it!

Soulfood : Job 15-17, Lk 1:67-80, Ps 12, Ecc 9:17-18

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DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT - JUST DO IT!

You have something important to do. And after dozens of texts, meaningless tasks and even a tidy room later, you'll do it. Even though, really, you should have just done it first thing...



Following God can sometimes, very unfortunately, follow that routine. Have a think, are there certain aspects of the Christian life too difficult to start attempting? Or maybe something God's been prompting you to do that just feels too big? You already know that the answer isn't in ignoring those things. We don't really need to tell you that. But we will anyway. The answer isn't in ignoring what needs to be done and doing something else instead. Procrastination gets you nowhere.



James 4:13-17 talks about how we can't really know about the future (aside from what God tells us about it, when He chooses to). Then, it says: 'So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.' Essentially, James is saying 'get your act into gear and do what you know is right.'



So what now? Is there something that God wants you to do that you've been putting off or ignoring? Is there a part of the Christian life that you've never really wanted to adopt, even though you know you should? Well, here's some practical advice for today: Just do it!

Soulfood : Job 15-17, Lk 1:67-80, Ps 12, Ecc 9:17-18

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DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT - JUST DO IT!

You have something important to do. And after dozens of texts, meaningless tasks and even a tidy room later, you'll do it. Even though, really, you should have just done it first thing...



Following God can sometimes, very unfortunately, follow that routine. Have a think, are there certain aspects of the Christian life too difficult to start attempting? Or maybe something God's been prompting you to do that just feels too big? You already know that the answer isn't in ignoring those things. We don't really need to tell you that. But we will anyway. The answer isn't in ignoring what needs to be done and doing something else instead. Procrastination gets you nowhere.



James 4:13-17 talks about how we can't really know about the future (aside from what God tells us about it, when He chooses to). Then, it says: 'So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.' Essentially, James is saying 'get your act into gear and do what you know is right.'



So what now? Is there something that God wants you to do that you've been putting off or ignoring? Is there a part of the Christian life that you've never really wanted to adopt, even though you know you should? Well, here's some practical advice for today: Just do it!

Soulfood : Job 15-17, Lk 1:67-80, Ps 12, Ecc 9:17-18

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NO COMPARE, NO COMPARE, NO COMPARE

Remember that kid in your nursery class, you know, the one with cool light-up trainers that made your regular off-white sneakers feel really rubbish? No? Just like that, chances are, in a few years you won't remember measuring yourself against someone else's standards. So why bother now? You might want what those around you seem to have, but honestly, you'll have forgotten about it not too far down the track.



And, as for now, God gives you exactly what you need. So, the guy next to you has something that looks really flashy right now? That's a part of their plan. God's taking care of your plan, and He's asking you to work with Him to be all that you are made to be. And, believe it or not, He'll give you the right tools to get there (He's amazing like that!).



Whatever you don't have is as much a part of the plan as what you do have. And yes, that can be horribly disappointing sometimes. Especially when everyone else seems to have everything sorted. But, not getting those grades/that job/the girl may have been the first step towards a bigger and better plan.



So what now? Pray for God's view of your situation and ask for His help in seeing it His way. Cross out (with a pen, or, if you're reading this on a screen, with your fingers...) the first NO COMPARE in the title when you've prayed it through. Repeat for the other two.

Soulfood : Job 11-14, Lk 1:57-66, Ps 67, Ecc 9:10-12

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