Jesus never lost hope with the situations people were in. He felt frustration due to the lack of faith of others regarding a sick boy, he even wept when his friend Lazarus died, but he never lost hope. In the end, the boy was healed by Jesus and Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus!
Legacy - Paying it Forward
What is our legacy? In the movie Pay It Forward, a little boy releases the power of passing on a good deed. By doing something good for someone, they in turn do something good for three others, each of those three then do a good deed for three more, and so on. A multitude of people are impacted for good. In a similar way, by passing onto others our testimonies of what God has done or is doing in our lives, coupled with encouraging them to do the same with others, we can cause a multitude of people to be impacted and stay close to God. Pay it forward!
The news broke that 12 Thai boys and their coach were trapped. They had gone down a cave, as part of some kind of initiation, never expecting the weather to change and to get trapped underground. They were there for nearly 3 weeks. One diver lost his life trying to help rescue them. Eventually all 13 were rescued.
Discipleship In Full Colour
I recently went to the vets with my cat. Whilst there I met a lady who told me she reared Siamese cats. She then proceeded to pull a 4 week old Siamese kitten from under her top. The kitten was unwell and that warm place, she told me, was the best place for it. We chatted a little and she showed me the tip of the kitten's ears, which were grey. I then learnt that Siamese cats are born white and it is only about 4 weeks of age that they begin to get their adult fur colour. She explained that the colouring starts at their extremities and works its way down, from the tops of their ears, the tip of their faces and their paws. I found this amazing from a creation point of view. This has God's stamp all over it. Later on I thought about my churches mission statement Discipleship in Full Colour - Loving God, Loving People, Loving Life. We become full colourful disciples over time. No need to rush it, to catch up with anyone. It’s all in God's timing. The colour of God in our lives will begin to spread as we move forward in our discipleship, our getting to know God and His will for our lives. Over time we move from kitten to cat - become the colourful mature disciple God intended.
The Legend of the Donkey & the Cross
A few months ago, myself and some colleagues took some families for a day trip to a farm. On this farm there was an opportunity to go on a tractor ride, which took us to see some donkeys. Whilst looking at the donkeys from a position just above them I noticed that each one had a cross on their back. I asked one of the farm workers about this who said that all donkeys had this cross, some more visible than others, and proceeded to tell me that ‘legend says’ the cross appeared after Jesus had ridden on the donkey into Jerusalem (Mark 11). It was in Jerusalem where Jesus was later arrested and crucified for us.