Get lifted

When we lift others up we are pulling ourselves up higher. 
As a leader and as a friend I am continually  faced with the choice to either lift someone else up or myself. 
In the natural we may think that if we show the weaknesses of others or find fault in others we will look greater and be elevated higher but the opposite is true. 
Instead of making things seem complex and yourself sounding like “The master of all” Making things simple and breaking things down in a way that others can understand easily is not only going to make people feel impowered but it’s also going to get people excited about trying too! 

As we encourage and talk about the potential, gifts and good works of others and say “I believe in you!” You’re doing great” they get lifted and in turn so do we. 

“When you try and be top dog, you don’t create loyalty. If you don’t can’t give credit, you will drown in your inhibitory to inspire” – John Maxwell 

A leader or friend who gives no opportunities or grants to access for higher chances is like strong man in a boat with a group of people not letting anyone row the boat because he is the strongest. Guess who will get tired? And who will get burnt out? Not the people sitting watching the strong man struggle. If he gives other people chances and individuals who are willing to paddle saying “you can do it” they all move forward and the whole boat benefits, especially the strong man and they all get a sense of achievent together.

I definitely get challenged by this sometimes because I think “I am capable” but so are others! And when people get chances to shine and be rewarded big and small, we all get lifted and taken to a new level of greatness and forfillment as a team! 

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭145:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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The time God told me to give my lunch away

Ever stopped and seen someone hungry and felt so sorry for them, you can see that they need help and for a brief second this persons world over takes yours but then you continue normally in your day. Sympathy. Feeling sorry. Is it enough? 
I was walking through the train station on my way to work when I saw the homeless man who slept by the elevator. “Give him your lunch” this thought came to my mind and I thought “huh, really?” Then the image of the sandwich I made came into my head. “What will I eat” I thought. I was rushing so I ran to catch my train.

 As I passed the bagel shop on the way to work I thought to myself “I should have given that man my lunch, I would have bought a bagel here” 

When I got to work my work collegue handed me a bag of bagels from the bagel shop. 
Sympathy vs Compassion 
Compassion is love in action.

Compassion sets the bar at another level and says “I feel your pain and this is how I can help”

We may not be able to help everyone who is going through something but we all have someone who we can help or encourage or lift today. 
Sometimes it will be easy like giving someone your lunch and for an afternoon you will be sightly hungry but for that person they just went from starving to full and from hopeless to hopefull.

I felt pretty silly that I didn’t do such a small act which God was asking me to do. 

Of course after work the homeless man was still there, And I gave him the food, but I should have been obedient at the time God asked.
I learnt a huge lesson that day, listen to the Holy Spirit when he is asking you. Big and small. Be a person of love and action. Just do it.

“If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

‭‭James‬ ‭2:16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Hope and trust

Sometimes we put too much in other people and get disappointed in the result. Maybe it’s a boss or collegue. It could be your husband or friend. How about your teacher or parents? 

People are just human and they make mistakes, we are to trust and love people but not put all hopes, ambitions, self worth in them because we are all full of imperfections and sometimes lack.

God should be the one we are putting our number one hope, dreams, faith and trust in. 

When we do this it’s easier not to be so put out when people let you down. It’s easier to forgive and it’s much more satisfying to listen and obey what God is prompting you to do rather than worrying about the opinions or judgments of those around you. 
God put breath in you and he put breath in those around you. Respect that and let God be the deciding factor in your life and see an incredible change in the way we see our beautiful lives. 

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 

Isaiah 55:9