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We may have some harmful habits. We may have some unwanted character traits.

We may feel like our tendencies, automatic responses, emotions, wants and desires are pulling us away from the person we wish to become. We may feel like a failure, having repeatedly tried to change ourselves, with nothing to show for it. But we were not intended to live life this way. We were not created to face our battles on our own. God is ready and waiting to give us His power to overcome all harmful influences that want to control our lives. He wants to heal and restore us.

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Too often we try to solve our own problems. We collapse under the weight of burdens and unknowns, as we try to predict all possible outcomes and make decisions to come up with the 'best' solution. But there is a much simpler way. A way that offers freedom. Let go of all your plans, unknowns and burdens. Hand them all to Jesus. He knows the end from the beginning and can lead you through life in an amazing, personal way.

"Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28 (NLT)

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Be faithful in the small jobs that God gives you to do, for they are a teaching ground used to prepare you for bigger projects.

Sometimes it may seem like the tasks we are asked to do are not very significant or important. They may be things which we don't like doing. But each task we are asked to do has a purpose. Each job, done with the right attitude, can be used to bring a change, teach us a skill or give us new insight. It can be used to develop character traits, like endurance, patience, honesty and faith.

When I think about being faithful in the small things, I am reminded of many stories, including the story of Joseph, who being sold as a slave, worked for his Egyptian master. It could seem that the jobs he was asked to do as a slave were not very important, yet, because he was faithful to God and in doing his tasks, God was with him and "he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master." (Gen 39:2, NLT).

You can read Joseph's story from working as a slave to being second in command after the Pharaoh. The story is found in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, starting in chapter 39.

Be faithful in the small things

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"Our faith and trust in God is measured in the type and size of goals we allow God to inspire us to set. If they are goals we can achieve, then our faith is in ourselves, if our goals terrify us, then we can be sure they are God's." M. Hunter

So where are you in your journey? Are you working towards achieving goals that you know you can achieve, or are you ready to let God inspire you?

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There is a saying 'You are what you eat'. This is also true with your spiritual health. Be selective with what you feed your mind. What you watch, read and hear feeds your soul. It influences your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and mindset. So make a conscious choice about what you will allow to shape you.

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Phil 4:8 (NIV)

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God knows our future from the beginning. He knows which life path is most beneficial for us. Yet He gives us the freedom to choose for ourselves how we wish to live out our life. But what would my life be like if I let go of all my pre-conceived ideas of what 'my life' should be like. What if, instead of making my plans and trying to incorporate God into them, I first went to God asking Him to show me His purpose and plan for my life and lived that life?

King David had something to say on this topic. For David, God and His purposes were not an after thought. David longed to know God's directions for his life. He knew that God's words would give wisdom and understanding. He had confidence that God protects, loves and shields those who choose to put God first. He didn't want to be under the control of wrong influences, but desired for God to guide and lead him throughout his life.

So what about you? How do you wish to live your life?

"The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments. Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name. Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me." Psalm 119:130-133 (NKJV)

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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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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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Updated: Jan 29, 2018

Ocean waves come and go. We have no power to stop or alter their course. When the waves rise up, the grandness of the ocean can be incredibly overwhelming.

It is similar with life: sometimes everything is peaceful and calm, other times the waves of life seem to rise up against us.

Where can you find the courage to keep going when you find yourself drowning in the challenges and struggles that surround you? Do you try to hold on to the waters around you, or do you have faith in someone mightier than you, who can rescue you?

The Bible is filled with many promises which God has given to us. One of them says:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Are you willing to let Him be the strength that will carry you through the overwhelming times in your life?

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Updated: Jan 30, 2018

There are instructions for pretty much everything that there is. Whether you are purchasing clothes, a printer, a car, a pet, or even a toothbrush, all of the items come with a list of instructions, warnings or care labels.

Or if you happen to have trouble deciphering the provided instructions, or would like to learn more about your item, you can be sure to find an endless list of YouTube videos on how to best utilise or look after the given item.

So what about us and our bodies? Are there any instructions that tell us how we can run on optimal physical, emotional and spiritual levels?

I recently watched a video on YouTube, the theme of which was something along the lines of "Can a car run on Coke?"

"Can a car run on Coke?"

A man decided to do an experiment and poured a bottle of Coca Cola into his car's fuel tank and then went for a drive. For some time, while the residual fuel was still running through the pipes, the car kept running just fine, making it appear that a car could indeed run on Coke. But after a few minutes the car began making some strange noises, then suddenly stopped.

So what lessons can we learn from this experiment?

Nr 1 - don't pour soft drink into your fuel tank - draining it out is a very expensive exercise.

Nr 2 - a car is a complex machine - but our bodies are all the more complex! They need the correct fuel to run at their optimal levels.

I'm not here to tell you what specific foods you should or shouldn't eat, or if there is a meal plan you should follow. There are plenty of resources dedicated to this topic, and all of our bodies are designed slightly differently and need a more individual plan. But some foods are definitely better for our bodies than others.

We are created in a complex and wonderful way. Our designer entrusted us with the job of looking after our bodies, but He also created an abundance of delicious tasting 'fuels' to keep our bodies nourished and healthy.

In today's 'rush, rush, rush' life, eating in a healthy way can seem like yet another chore. But it doesn't have to be like that. Making small changes, becoming more aware about what you are putting in your body, can make a significant long term difference. Learn about where your food comes from. What is in it and how was it made? Is the food you are about to eat made from fresh, natural ingredients, or has it gone through a multi-step processes in a factory, making it vaguely resemble anything that God created for food?

There are two simple phrases that I keep in mind when choosing 'fuel' for my body:

- Was this food made by a plant or in a plant (factory)?

- Can I make a better choice?

There is a popular saying "You are what you eat." It is very true indeed!

So how do you go about choosing your foods? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

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Updated: Jan 15, 2018

"What's God's plan for my life?" "What does God want me to do next?" "Does God want me to do this?" These are just some of the questions that I have often thought about and have attempted to answer for myself many times. I'm sure you have heard the words, "God has a plan for everyone", but at times I struggled to see whether God had a clear plan for my life. Yes, I knew that I didn't come about by an accident and that I was created for a purpose. But I would often ask: "What is my purpose? What should I be doing now? Which direction should I be going in?"

In November 2017, I was attending a worship service at 'The Grove' church in Adelaide, when I heard a message that changed my perspective on these questions.

It's not about you!

The preacher spoke about how God knows the end from the beginning and how He has a plan for all of humanity. God's plan is to reach the hearts of all people and change their lives. So it is not all about ME and God's plan for MY life, but about HIS plan for all of humanity.

"It's not about a plan for your life. It's about God's plan."

Living is not about a specific step-by-step program which God has pre-arranged and I need to act out in order to feel like I am 'living out God's plan for my life'. Life is about something bigger. It is about who God is, His plans and how you and I fit into them. God gives each one of us the privilege of being able to play a part in reaching people and showing them His love and true character - but He also gives us the free will to be able to choose to work with Him, or not.

So next time you start questioning whether God has a plan for your life, remember that it's not about you. It's about Him.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

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