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INCOMPLETE MESSAGE!

INCOMPLETE MESSAGE!

Have you ever looked at a message only to realise that you are unsure of what it means? For various reasons, you can receive an incomplete message or even a completely different one. I have experienced this a few times in the past and this week I saw an advert that drove that message home once more.

Eddie and I were driving to work when we saw this beautiful mobile advertisement board. The last time we saw anything like this was in Las Vegas years ago. They were big mobile, electronic billboards with moving images. We saw them in different places and were a great and effective way to advertise. We had never seen that before and it was so remarkable that, it has been over 7 years and I still remembered vividly.

That was my experience with that billboard. We got back to the UK but there weren’t any of those around us in Kent. Time went on and the billboard was no longer a focus. Today, however we saw this mobile billboard which was a smaller version of what we saw in Las Vegas but with a similar concept. On seeing it, Eddie and I immediately remembered our previous experience and interest in this type of billboard and I was determined to take the details on the van transporting it.

THE MESSAGE

On getting close to the van, we realised that the website details on the van had only some words on it while the others had faded out. I thought, never mind; I’ll take down the contact number only to realise that that was equally unclear. In frustration, I said to Eddie, what is the point of trying to pass across a message without fully ensuring the message was clear. Amazingly, I saw the next van which was a waste management truck. The interesting thing about this truck was, again the messaging on it was half faded. This was quite interesting because instead of reading Non-hazardous recycling; it read hazardous recycling (NON had faded)! The fading meant that it was a completely different message that was shown on the truck.

Messaging can be misunderstood by one word missing or replaced. God’s word however is complete and can sustain us. God’s message is never incorrect but the more you familiarise yourself with it, the more you will get it and enjoy it. See God’s word in Jeremiah here:

‘Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear your name, O Lord.’ Jeremiah 15:14 TLB (The KJV is here)

What if I was familiar with the mobile billboard company? I would have been able to fill in the gaps with the knowledge I have even when it is invisible. Keep on familiarising yourself with the word of God as that is the key to understanding His mind. His message is complete, and we need to know it to experience joy instead of sorrow and delight instead of misery in every area of life.

Keep on studying the word of God as it will enrich your life.

God is on your side!

 

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WHERE WAS THAT?

WHERE WAS THAT?

Pastor Eddie and I recently came back from a short break, which was very refreshing and enjoyable. After arriving, we got an email that requested we give a review on the resort which created an interesting situation. I remember looking at the picture and asking PE this interesting question, ‘where was that?’

We saw the pictures of the resort before embarking on the journey and were looking forward to experiencing it. On getting there, we were totally blown away by the location, facilities, services, food and room size. The resort was beautiful, and all the staff went above and beyond in all they did. We had a great time and was prepared to fill a review form and recommend the resort. After the break, we received the email for the review but the included picture looked unfamiliar.

WHERE WAS THAT?

After examining the picture, we discovered that it was taken from a different side of the resort which we never visited. We stayed on a resort, thought we fully explored it but discovered we never saw a part of it. I am sure you’re now wondering in your heart how that could be possible – me too! Though it was my experience.

We thought we explored it all and never walked through that section because we never knew that there was more on the other side of the resort. As I thought about this experience of ours, I thought about the relationship some of us have with the word of God and the treasures hidden in it.

THE WORD

The psalmist said

‘I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.’ Psalm 119:162 (Check out the KJV version)

There is so much treasure hidden in God’s word and if we choose to be like the psalmist who takes his time to explore and discover God’s word, treating it as the great treasure it is; we will have endless victory, joy, and peace in every area of life.

For me, the lesson in this piece is; even if I think I am enjoying much of God now, there is so much more that I am yet to discover. So, I will implore you to go on the adventure of word discovery with me. As we do that, we get to know God’s mind more and more, act His word and be more like Him in all things.

 

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IT’S NOT PERSONAL!

IT’S NOT PERSONAL!

We went to this restaurant where we have been receiving outstanding service before. Without exception, it’s been great, so why was this waitress touchy and unhelpful? The waitress in question was quite brash, impatient and dismissive. I was going to focus on the substandard service being delivered when the hubby and I concluded that “it’s not personal!”

The attitude of the waitress was obviously not great but we looked closely and noticed a few other things about her. She looked exhausted and had bags under her eyes. Not just that, she was clock watching and it was obvious she had so much more going on than being at work.

She was not planning to be rude, she was probably just going through a difficult time. As we spoke about this, I thought, let me take a little time to pray for this lady who’s going through something that I will never know nor understand because, behind the uniform is a life with connected lives, challenges and issues.

The experience with the waitress made me remember a lesson I once learnt as a younger lady where my mentor said, ‘no one starts out planning to offend or hurt another: but somehow life happens and reactions with more ramifications than we planned occurs.’

Always remember when people aren’t very nice to you on a given day that it is not always personal. Irrespective of how things look or feel at that moment. It will be more helpful and Christlike to look at matters from the perspective of others.

THE WORD

Jesus said

“Do not judge others, so you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive others and you will be forgiven” Luke 6:37. (NLT version here)

Do not be quick to judge others because things are not always just as you see it. If anything, think about how you can help that person go through the difficult phase they are in. Do not get offended at them, if you can’t help them, pray for them.

God is on your side!

(Read another of my older blog post here)

 

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AM I FAKE?

AM I FAKE?

Running on my regular route last Saturday revealed something very interesting that made me ask the question…’am I fake?’  I just had to share my story with you today.

Last week Saturday as I took my regular running route, I discovered there were more runners than usual. There were not only runners, but cheer leaders (sort of) . As I looked closely, I realised park run was back. There were quite a number of people running with a few for park run.

As I ran through the crowd of witnesses on the side, they kept clapping for me and encouraging me to keep going. The more I heard the well done, the more I felt like stopping to say, ‘I’m sorry but I am not part of the park run crew. ‘ At the beginning, I just smiled, but on my return when the cheering got louder it felt unbearable. I thought, I owe these people the truth – though I also started justifying the fact that the cheering was for all runners and I was one.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The last stop for park runners had way too many people cheering me on to ignore. At this point, I felt too much of a fraud to just accept the cheering. So I shook my head a bit before I got to their finish line, and slowed down to say – sorry I’m not a park run participant. The guys looked puzzled but some still decided to clap for me of their own free will anyways. At least now they knew the truth!

THE WORD

As the cheering crew did their beautiful job of cheering on; I remembered the scripture that says

‘Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands. Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back. Especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.’ Hebrews 12:1 (The NIV version)

The crowd watching and cheering is to ensure we strip off anything that slows us down and run the race before us in a way that will please the Lord.

As I finished my run on Saturday, I thanked God for the huge crowd of witnesses watching me from the grandstand of heaven and how they encourage me to live my life for Jesus every day.

And in the run of heaven, I am so grateful to God that I am not fake. I hope you are equally running your Christian race in line with what Jesus the chief judge will be pleased with.

Be blessed in Jesus name

Read my older blog post here