• Too busy to change the world?

    I am a big fan of ‘to do’ lists. There are few things more satisfying in life than creating a neatly formatted excel spreadsheet of things I need to do and then being able to tick them off.

    Sometimes though when my lovely lists get too long, I become paralysed. Not knowing where to start so starting nowhere. Instead I tweet about how much I’ve got to do and then take a nap.

    Maybe that is just me, but I’m sure you’ll agree that sometimes life can get busy. We’re always making plans, we’ve always got things to do, places to go and people to see, trying to squeeze one more meeting into an already jammed schedule.

    Between school, the job and the family, between Facebook, the Xbox and BBC Iplayer, there just isn’t time to make a difference in the world. And sure, I would love to see poverty eradicated, I would love to see justice prevail and freedom for the oppressed. But if I’m honest, sometimes I’m just too busy to change the world.

    Prayer is often the first thing that gets cancelled when the diary is too full, but taking time out of the busyness to pray is the best and most simple way you can change the world. And in the place of prayer, God will show you practically how you can make a difference.

    Because here’s the thing. We are never going to change the world. We can’t. Not on our own at least. It is God and his power that changes lives, that restores peace and brings hope. We have the incredible privilege of partnering with the author of creation to bring his Kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven.

    But that means we should never become too busy to let God change us, so that we can be the change we want to see.

    Even things that are good can get in the way when our priorities are wrong. I have worked for the church for a little while and it is so easy to become busy “doing things” for God, that we never actually spend time with God. Working for Him but not with Him.

    Let’s not become too busy to change the world. Let’s definitely not become too busy to let God change us. Because when the love of God lives in you, when the power of His Spirit is on you, your life will change and the world around you will too. Get caught up with God’s business, not life’s busyness.

  • Three miracles I want to see happen today

    Hanging out with Jesus would have been seriously cool. I mean he is God incarnate- you can’t really get better than that for company. He was the most loving man, full of grace and kindness; he was an incredible teacher, wise beyond words and he also did some pretty impressive miracles. Healings happening all over the place, people being rasied from the dead, demons fleeing with just one word. You never knew what was going to happen if you spent the day with Jesus. And the best part? Jesus said the miracles would continue to happen even when he wasn’t physically around. So here are 3 miracles of Jesus that I want to see today…

    1) Jesus turns water into wine

    A drinks shortage at a wedding looks likely to ruin the day until Jesus steps in and turns some dirty water into the finest wine. There are so many reasons why I want to see this miracle happen today.

    Firstly, being able to pray for my bottle of Evian and see it change into a glass of Blason du Rhone Chateauneuf du Pape would be an incredible party trick. But what I love most is how random this miracle seems to be. Running out of wine at a wedding would have been embarrassing but it wasn’t a life or death situation.

    However, Jesus still cared. And they’re the kind of miracles I want to see today. The little, seemingly insignificant, everyday miracles. The little prayers we pray where God shows up and whisper that he cares.

    2) Jesus heals a leper

    Jesus has just finished teaching thousands of people on a mountain and as he makes his way back down, he is met by a man with leprosy. Leprosy was – and still is – a horrendous disease to have. It was incurable, completely debilitating and, back in Jesus’ day, lepers were social outcasts. They were forced to live outside the city, they were considered ceremoniously unclean, no one was allowed to touch them or get close to them. But not only does Jesus talk to the leper, but he reaches out and touches him. The man is completely healed.

    I’ve heard and seen of people who, after prayer, have made miraculous recoveries from horrible illness, and I want to see more of that today. I want to have the same compassion as Jesus, to go to the people and places that society has written off, to see diseases healed and to see people set free from shame.

    3) Jesus feeds the five thousand

    Jesus has once again been spending his day teaching crowds of people and even after trying to get away, thousands still follow him. It’s been a long day and everyone is feeling pretty hungry; unfortunately not everyone had brought food, the village was a long way away and apparently Dominoes didn’t deliver in those days.

    However, a couple of loaves of bread and a few fish later, and Jesus miraculously feeds over five thousand people. (How cheap would your weekly food shop be if this happened all the time??)

    But in all seriousness, I would love to see this kind of miracle happen today. Where God makes the seemingly impossible, possible. Where God takes our problems, however big and insurmountable they seem to us and changes the situation. Miracles where God does immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. Like the disciples, we might only have faith for a little but God is a God of abundance.

    That’s our hope. With God nothing is impossible (Matt 19:26). When we think about Syria, the missing girls in Nigeria or even the hope that Meriam in Sudan would be released, we can ask God for a miracle. I want to see God do the miraculous in all these things and all these ways the miraculous in all these things and all these ways all these things and all these ways today.

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