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FLEXI-TIME

Ever been snowboarding or skiing? It's all about knee-flexibility - the key to dealing with all the unexpected turns on the way. Too rigid, and you lose balance and fall over. Analogy-time... We all have ideas about how we'd like our lives to turn out: go to this uni, or get that job. And it's perfectly fine (wise, even) to make plans for where we'd like to go or things we'd like to do. But we have to be careful.

Head to James 4:13-16. (Ouch. James knows how to pack a punch.) James says that we 'boast in our arrogant schemes' (NIV). That's where the problem lies, when it's all about 'me, me, me', and we hold on so tightly to these plans. A good way to tell if our plans are problematic is if we honestly can't imagine our lives without them. And of course, a good job or a loving wifehusbandotherperson is awesome, but we shouldn't need them to have a John 10:10 kind of life. And because nothing (but God) is certain, we never know where we'll end up.

We reckon the help for our daily plans is knee-flexibility. We've got to be checking in with God constantly, to make sure our plans are His plans, and that our attitudes and actions are ones He wants us to have. Basically, praying James 4:15 all the time - 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that' (NIV).

So what now? Check in with Jesus. Make 'Jesus, what do You think of my plans?' time today.

Soulfood : Acts 10-11, Matt 3:11-17, Ps 103:13-22, Prov 10:30-32

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FLEXI-TIME

Ever been snowboarding or skiing? It's all about knee-flexibility - the key to dealing with all the unexpected turns on the way. Too rigid, and you lose balance and fall over. Analogy-time... We all have ideas about how we'd like our lives to turn out: go to this uni, or get that job. And it's perfectly fine (wise, even) to make plans for where we'd like to go or things we'd like to do. But we have to be careful.

Head to James 4:13-16. (Ouch. James knows how to pack a punch.) James says that we 'boast in our arrogant schemes' (NIV). That's where the problem lies, when it's all about 'me, me, me', and we hold on so tightly to these plans. A good way to tell if our plans are problematic is if we honestly can't imagine our lives without them. And of course, a good job or a loving wifehusbandotherperson is awesome, but we shouldn't need them to have a John 10:10 kind of life. And because nothing (but God) is certain, we never know where we'll end up.

We reckon the help for our daily plans is knee-flexibility. We've got to be checking in with God constantly, to make sure our plans are His plans, and that our attitudes and actions are ones He wants us to have. Basically, praying James 4:15 all the time - 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that' (NIV).

So what now? Check in with Jesus. Make 'Jesus, what do You think of my plans?' time today.

Soulfood : Acts 10-11, Matt 3:11-17, Ps 103:13-22, Prov 10:30-32

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FLEXI-TIME

Ever been snowboarding or skiing? It's all about knee-flexibility - the key to dealing with all the unexpected turns on the way. Too rigid, and you lose balance and fall over. Analogy-time... We all have ideas about how we'd like our lives to turn out: go to this uni, or get that job. And it's perfectly fine (wise, even) to make plans for where we'd like to go or things we'd like to do. But we have to be careful.

Head to James 4:13-16. (Ouch. James knows how to pack a punch.) James says that we 'boast in our arrogant schemes' (NIV). That's where the problem lies, when it's all about 'me, me, me', and we hold on so tightly to these plans. A good way to tell if our plans are problematic is if we honestly can't imagine our lives without them. And of course, a good job or a loving wifehusbandotherperson is awesome, but we shouldn't need them to have a John 10:10 kind of life. And because nothing (but God) is certain, we never know where we'll end up.

We reckon the help for our daily plans is knee-flexibility. We've got to be checking in with God constantly, to make sure our plans are His plans, and that our attitudes and actions are ones He wants us to have. Basically, praying James 4:15 all the time - 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that' (NIV).

So what now? Check in with Jesus. Make 'Jesus, what do You think of my plans?' time today.

Soulfood : Acts 10-11, Matt 3:11-17, Ps 103:13-22, Prov 10:30-32

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FLEXI-TIME

Ever been snowboarding or skiing? It's all about knee-flexibility - the key to dealing with all the unexpected turns on the way. Too rigid, and you lose balance and fall over. Analogy-time... We all have ideas about how we'd like our lives to turn out: go to this uni, or get that job. And it's perfectly fine (wise, even) to make plans for where we'd like to go or things we'd like to do. But we have to be careful.

Head to James 4:13-16. (Ouch. James knows how to pack a punch.) James says that we 'boast in our arrogant schemes' (NIV). That's where the problem lies, when it's all about 'me, me, me', and we hold on so tightly to these plans. A good way to tell if our plans are problematic is if we honestly can't imagine our lives without them. And of course, a good job or a loving wifehusbandotherperson is awesome, but we shouldn't need them to have a John 10:10 kind of life. And because nothing (but God) is certain, we never know where we'll end up.

We reckon the help for our daily plans is knee-flexibility. We've got to be checking in with God constantly, to make sure our plans are His plans, and that our attitudes and actions are ones He wants us to have. Basically, praying James 4:15 all the time - 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that' (NIV).

So what now? Check in with Jesus. Make 'Jesus, what do You think of my plans?' time today.

Soulfood : Acts 10-11, Matt 3:11-17, Ps 103:13-22, Prov 10:30-32

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FLEXI-TIME

Ever been snowboarding or skiing? It's all about knee-flexibility - the key to dealing with all the unexpected turns on the way. Too rigid, and you lose balance and fall over. Analogy-time... We all have ideas about how we'd like our lives to turn out: go to this uni, or get that job. And it's perfectly fine (wise, even) to make plans for where we'd like to go or things we'd like to do. But we have to be careful.

Head to James 4:13-16. (Ouch. James knows how to pack a punch.) James says that we 'boast in our arrogant schemes' (NIV). That's where the problem lies, when it's all about 'me, me, me', and we hold on so tightly to these plans. A good way to tell if our plans are problematic is if we honestly can't imagine our lives without them. And of course, a good job or a loving wifehusbandotherperson is awesome, but we shouldn't need them to have a John 10:10 kind of life. And because nothing (but God) is certain, we never know where we'll end up.

We reckon the help for our daily plans is knee-flexibility. We've got to be checking in with God constantly, to make sure our plans are His plans, and that our attitudes and actions are ones He wants us to have. Basically, praying James 4:15 all the time - 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that' (NIV).

So what now? Check in with Jesus. Make 'Jesus, what do You think of my plans?' time today.

Soulfood : Acts 10-11, Matt 3:11-17, Ps 103:13-22, Prov 10:30-32

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GROWING THROUGH DISCOURAGEMENT

No one's life is a bed of roses/free-coffee-vouchers/whatever-your-idea-of-perfect-is. So, when we pretend that we're ok when, for whatever reason, we're not, we help to form this image of perfect lives. It doesn't do anything but, if we're honest, inflate our pride a bit. But, despite what our pride-nature wants us to think, we actually can't get through life and all its discouragements on our own. Proverbs 28:26 says that 'those who trust in themselves are foolish' (NCV). We need God, and we need each other.

Psalm 48:14 declares 'for this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end' (NIV). This whole Psalm has a lot to teach us about how to deal with discouraging times. The psalmist looks back on how God has already protected them, and they use that to fuel their faith to believe that God will bring them through whatever else will come their way. Wherever we are, God has brought us this far, and He will guide us forward if we depend on Him.

If you're dealing with something, talking about it with someone you trust is really important. Yes, God is your number one, always, but He made you to live in community with others. We are meant to support each other - Paul tells us to 'carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ' (Galatians 6:2 NIV).

So what now? Pick a coffee shop (or milkshake or other delicious hangout place). Make two appointments for the week ahead. One you-and-God-date, one with someone you can talk toughstuff with.

Soulfood : Josh 2:1-24, Acts 9:20-30

Read more...

GROWING THROUGH DISCOURAGEMENT

No one's life is a bed of roses/free-coffee-vouchers/whatever-your-idea-of-perfect-is. So, when we pretend that we're ok when, for whatever reason, we're not, we help to form this image of perfect lives. It doesn't do anything but, if we're honest, inflate our pride a bit. But, despite what our pride-nature wants us to think, we actually can't get through life and all its discouragements on our own. Proverbs 28:26 says that 'those who trust in themselves are foolish' (NCV). We need God, and we need each other.

Psalm 48:14 declares 'for this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end' (NIV). This whole Psalm has a lot to teach us about how to deal with discouraging times. The psalmist looks back on how God has already protected them, and they use that to fuel their faith to believe that God will bring them through whatever else will come their way. Wherever we are, God has brought us this far, and He will guide us forward if we depend on Him.

If you're dealing with something, talking about it with someone you trust is really important. Yes, God is your number one, always, but He made you to live in community with others. We are meant to support each other - Paul tells us to 'carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ' (Galatians 6:2 NIV).

So what now? Pick a coffee shop (or milkshake or other delicious hangout place). Make two appointments for the week ahead. One you-and-God-date, one with someone you can talk toughstuff with.

Soulfood : Josh 2:1-24, Acts 9:20-30

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