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Standing on the railway tracks and as far as the eye can see, are these wires that are held up by evenly spaced poles, following every curve and bend of the track. Although mostly obsolete these days, these once ran vital communications between railroad stations, signals and switching stations. But what would happen if one of the telegraph poles were to fall over or the wire was to snap. How would the drivers have known what was going on ahead of them? Would they have known that the signals they were seeing might have been wrong? These communication lines were the lifeline that the train drivers relied upon to know exactly what was happening beyond their line of sight.

Looking at these poles got me thinking a little more and a little deeper. As a Christian, I believe in a Creator God because someone told me about Him. My parents took me to church, I was told many stories about Jesus, I was given a Bible to read for myself. But what if I had parents that didn't take me to church or I never heard of a person called Jesus. Would I have ever wanted to start reading the Bible ‘just because’? It's a difficult question to answer.

These poles are like the people that found out the good news about Jesus and then went and told someone, who then told someone else... and if I had the ability to know the chain of people that were involved in passing on the message to me, I am sure it would lead back to someone who stood in the presence of Jesus, hearing the words that He himself spoke. But that’s when it hit me. Who am I passing this message to? Am I a fallen over pole where the message stops and those around me miss out on the vital message that they are so in need of hearing? Or am I allowing noise to corrupt the signal, changing the message? The continuation of the story of Jesus and the impact it has on one’s life relies on us passing on the message: unchanged and unaltered.

There is another lesson we can learn from this illustration. Telegraph poles hosted a large number of communication lines that would all carry different streams of information. With all the messages this world sends out, it is easy to say that “it’s just too hard” or “I'll never be heard over all the noise of the other lines”. But passing the message about Jesus to our kids, family, friends and people we know needs to be continued and nurtured, so that the line stays strong and the message of Jesus reaches the furthest points.

Creating strong bonds with people allows them to see, hear, touch and experience the message that has impacted your life. And through these bonds we are called to minister to people directly. Wide spread sowing is important, but it is the close relationships that help the plant to grow into a strong, well rooted tree that is ready to bear fruit, which will plant the next seed, which then grows and plants the next seed...

In my eyes, the humble telegraph poles illustrate an important reminder that each one of us has a role to play in spreading the message of Jesus. People are waiting to get connected up to the Source.

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By default (as human beings living in this world) we are quite self-centered and selfish, and being thankful is not something that comes naturally to us. One would think that saying 'thank you' would be a natural response of gratitude when we receive something, but even this has to be taught - and learned. How often have you heard an adult remind a child to "say thank you" after they received a gift?

Yes, it is not always easy to be thankful. We might find ourselves in a situation that we wish we could run away from or change. We might be going through a loss, heartache, pain: something that is causing us to experience a range of emotions, which are foreign and unwelcome.

But making a conscious decision to have a mindset of thankfulness will change the way we view life, people, situations and experiences. It will make us realise how much God provides for us and how He leads us. It will make us look for blessings - even during difficult times - which are sent our way. It will make us notice the stars on a dark night. An mindset of gratitude will lead us to see our challenges as times when God is walking closely with us, growing our faith and wrapping us in His arms.

The words written in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 are as relevant to us today, as they were when they were written to the the church of the Thessalonians: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Giving thanks in good times shows our gratitude for the blessings we receive. Giving thanks during challenging times builds our faith in a God whose wisdom is beyond ours and who will see us through.

Psalm 136:1-9 (NIV)

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

His love endures forever

Give thanks to the God of gods

His love endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord of lords

His love endures forever

to him who alone does great wonders

His love endures forever

who by his understanding made the heavens

His love endures forever

who spread out the earth upon the waters

His love endures forever

who made the great lights

His love endures forever

the sun to govern the day

His love endures forever

the moon and stars to govern the night

His love endures forever"

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iPhone, iPad, iPod, iThis and iThat..

But do you own the trendiest 'i' devices? The 'iWant', 'iThink' and 'iWillDoItMyself'?

The 'i' has a great way of keeping us busy, without making us productive. 'i' sends us in pursuit of clutter, instead of helping us see the beauty in simplicity. 'i' makes us feel that we are unstoppable and self sufficient, yet it removes us from the only source of power. The 'i' lens blurs our image of the bigger picture. It gives us the wrong coordinates and pulls us away from our destination.

But you can reclaim the fullness of life God intended you to have. Turn your 'i' over to Him and let your 'iWill' become His will.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

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Updated: Apr 12, 2018

A peaceful heart brings healing to the soul.

I find peace in knowing that God who created me also looks after me. I don't need to worry about anything, as there is nothing that can happen which He doesn't know about, cannot see or cannot intervene in.

What about you? Where do you find your peace?

"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

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Work in proportion to the skills and abilities that you have been given.

If you were entrusted with looking after $1 million dollars for ten years - how would you go about it? Would you put the money in the bank? Buy some property? Perhaps you would consider buying some shares? Or would you keep it safe by hiding it under your mattress?

Now imagine that you could keep the profits that the $1 million would bring in over the ten years. Would that alter your method of looking after the money?

A story was once told of a boss putting three of his workers in charge of his business. Each one had different skills and abilities, so they were put in charge of different amounts of his wealth. Two of the workers put the money to use and achieved 100% returns on their investments. The third worker hid the boss's money in the ground.

What is one of the lessons that we can draw from this illustration?

God created each one of us with a purpose and gave us specific skills and abilities which He wants us to use to meet the needs of others. It is too easy to make excuses as to why we should not use the skills and opportunities that we are given. "I'm too young..", "I'm too old..", "I'm too busy..", "she does it better than me.." are words that are often spoken to justify our lack of action.

But what if we could keep the returns gained by our investment? What if there was something in it for us? Would that change our attitude to how we use our skills for the benefit of others?

When we use the skills and abilities that we have been given, we gain extra experience, which in turn improves our skills. Having more experience takes us from being a novice to an expert. It creates new opportunities and friendships along the way. And seeing the gratitude of those who we are able to assist is just something that cannot be measured. It is yet another form of return on our investment.

God calls us to use the skills and opportunities He has given us for His purposes.

But our lives are enriched with the dividends we receive along the way.

So what is stopping you from using your skills and abilities to their maximum potential?

Matthew 25:14-30 New Living Translation (NLT)

Parable of the Three Servants

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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