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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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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: Mar 8, 2018

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations and ask ourselves 'why me?'.

Imagine you are heading into town with your children. You might be going there to run some errands, attend a special event or perhaps you are simply passing through on your way to a different place.

You get stopped by the authorities and are ordered to get involved in something which you have never entertained as something that you would like to be a part of: you are commanded to carry the equipment used for murdering a criminal.

What do you do?

This is not what you had planned for the day when you left the house with your children!

Yet this was the experience of a man called Simon from Cyrene.

As Simon was travelling through the town with his two boys, he found himself in the middle of a commotion. He was commanded to carry a cross which would be used to crucify a man.

The man's name was Jesus. His crime? Calling himself the Son of God, the prophesied Messiah.

Looking at Simon we could say: "What a terrible case of 'being in the wrong place at the wrong time'", but when we look beyond the surface, we realise what an amazing privilege Simon was given to serve the Saviour at a moment of such great distress.

When his friends hid and the nation He healed turned against Him.

Beaten, bleeding, weak and broken hearted.

Yet, at this very moment, Simon was allowed to come close to Jesus and was used to bring an element of comfort to his physical pain. Even though Simon didn't go out seeking to serve Jesus, he found himself in the right place at the right time.

We don't know if Simon ended up reaching his destination that day. We don't know what impact this sudden change of plans had on his life. What we do know is that only by pausing his own plans was Simon able to serve his Creator.

Often we make plans which we set off to accomplish. We create a vision, a checklist, a destination, a purpose for ourselves. But sometimes we are called to change our plans and be a part of something significantly bigger than ourselves and our personal plans.

So when you are challenged to drastically alter your plans, think about Simon from Cyrene.

Perhaps it is a time when you are being called to pause your plans so you can serve your Creator?

Mark 15:16-21 (NKJV) "Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison. And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”. Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross."

Simon has other plans for that day, but his story of encountering Jesus continues to be told over two thousand years later.

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Life is such a complex, un-explainable concept. How can something come from nothing?

Cells come together, they multiply, evolve and given time they turn into a living, breathing being.

The more we look into how we are made, the more we realise just how little we actually know about how the whole DNA system works.

If you are looking for answers to your origin, the Bible tells us that we are not here by accident. God spoke to a man named Jeremiah, saying: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (these words are recorded in the Bible in Jeremiah 1:5). These words don't apply just to Jeremiah, but to each one of us. God individually designs and creates each person with a purpose. He knows everything there is to know about us. He says that even "the very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Luke 12:7) so we have nothing to fear, as He is always looking after us.

So when you look at your reflection in the mirror, be reminded that you are intricately made. There is no one else like you. You are one of a kind, created by the Almighty God.

"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well." Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)

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