Emotions

 “It’s just emotions taking me over….” 

One of the songs that were big in my teens. 

As we have seen this week through with goodbyes, tears, laughs, excitement and almost every emotion possible, I know that being ruled by emotion would get you nowhere fast. 

It’s been 5 and a half years since we made our move to Japan. We’ve surfed more than ever, enjoyed real hot summers with BBQs, made incredible friends, fell in love with each other all over again, discovered our gifts and flourished in Gods house. 

The broken couple that came here are now leaving as a family of three with a passion and love for Jesus and His church. So why would we leave? Why wouldn’t we just stay? When God called us to the next season it just had to be followed. We had to be ruled by Gods plan and his peace rather than emotion. 

Seriously, if I let my emotions rule me this week, I would have changed my mind and stayed and back to moving again hundreds of times, I probably would have told my bosses that I decided to stay and keep teaching! 

Our emotions have no steady bounds, it’s like the scripture being tossed and turned like the waves, the sea is beautiful and calm, the next it is full of danger and unpredictable tides and currents. 

I know that it’s easy to not “feel” like doing something or “feel” like saying something but God doesn’t want us to live this way, tired and unstable. 

So what do we do? 

We place our feet and soul firmly on His word. Follow his peace, presence and look for His way in every situation, isn’t it amazing that the Holy Spirit never ever leaves us and he comforts us and cheers us on.

When we feel overcome just talk to him “I need your help, show me your ways” and he will every time.

Let’s see the fruit of faithfulness in Gods ways and continue to build our foundation on his word so we can be steady and firm and ready to face new season, challenges and flourish in this great life He has blessed us with! 

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Stuff

It’s been a full on few weeks sorting through our things as we prepare to move out of our house today. 

I am so surprised how much we have been blessed with and how we came to Japan with 2 suitcases and 2 surfboards and we have decided that’s how we should leave…apart from an extra suitcase and and extra human 😉 

We had everything we needed in our little house, beds, fridge, aircon, tv, car…everything and they were so useful for our lives. Now those things are no use to us and have been sold, given away or thrown out as junk. 

It really put into the reality of the importance of not chasing material things, how hard it is to let go of something if you work really hard for it and value it so highly.

These years have been spent chasing eternal valued things like souls, freedom, friendships, a closeness to God and I am so excited that I don’t have to throw any of those things away. 

The perspective of life as a foreigner on this earth is so much more realistic when you are leaving a place you once called your home in which it really wasn’t, it was a temporary place. 

I think as followers of Christ we should always be wise of course of the things we need but also keeping our greatest and most important treasures stored up in eternity, not limiting ourselves for being generous because we want to hold onto something or putting stuff no matter what it is in higher priority than Gods ways.

Trusting, seeking him first and keeping value on things that last, I think really gives peace and power to the person who does it! 

It’s always a good question to ask.

Am I chasing Him or I chasing stuff? 

Let’s let material stuff be stuff and not the reason why we love our lives. 

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Done my time

“Do you want to help with kids church?” The Pastor at my new church asked me, I smiled and I said that I would pray about it. In my head I thought “I’ve done my time serving, God you’ve seen how many years I have done kids church, you know how many other things I’ve helped with. I have done my share”.
I went home that evening and before I went to bed I opened the bible to journal. The scripture came up “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Oh……how many thoughts came up in that moment. 

I knew I wasn’t being asked to do “My time” by taking part in an area of church, I was being asked from God “Can you show the children how to come to me? I have heaven open for them. Do you want to be a part of that?” 

And then I realized, servanthood isn’t about “Taking the weight” or “Doing your part” 

It’s about the privilege of being able to serve God by serving people. 
What a privilege to use your gifts for the creator of the universe!

What an extraordinary moment when we welcome someone with a smile and they feel like God loves them.

What a powerful moment when someone gets healed in worship.

What an exciting thing it is to be able to share and create in church with a group of people who love Jesus! 
When we see serving and using our gifts in this way and our attitude changes from only “What can I get?” to “What can I give?”,

church gets better and better every single week and we find ourselves not saying “The church should do this” or “The church is like this” but “My church, my friends, my team, our God” 
Can you imagine what a whole church of people with an attitude like this? Wow, maybe that’s what heaven on earth looks like. 
Maybe you feel like I did, I encourage you to draw closer to God. Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve and if that’s what happened when Jesus from heaven came to earth then that should be our examples 
So, do you want to help create heaven on earth?