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A New Perspective

It’s interesting how something can just hit you, when you’re least expecting it, bringing a whole new perspective.  That’s what happened to me today, when God spoke to me unexpectedly through my Sabbath School Lesson.

Studying about the Holy Spirit has been extremely interesting to me so far, revealing new things about this element of the Godhead to me and how it impacts our lives.  However, today’s particular lesson spoke to me on another level, as it dwelt on the effect that the Holy Spirit has on our thoughts and actions, giving “evidence of God’s work in us”.

Reading through and taking in what the writer expressed about the Holy Spirit influencing some of the thoughts that we have and the acts of kindness we carry out, brought me back to my purpose and the mission God has set out for me.  It helped me to understand the overwhelming tugging on my heart, urging me to go out and make a difference in the world.   It allowed me to think about where my sense of good comes from.  In a way, it showed me why I view aspects of the world differently to others.

I’ve been asking God to speak to me and show me if I’m following the path He’s set out for me – I want to be sure that I’m doing the right thing and moving in step with Him, as I’ve made too many mistakes simply by being out of step with Him.  Getting an answer had been a struggle, but as soon as I studied today’s lesson, the answer was laid out clear to me.  A big smile lit up my face as I became exceedingly glad, thankful that God speaks to me in a variety of ways and that He will always give me an answer, even if it takes a little longer than I would like.

There are times when I wrestle with my purpose or find myself doubting the ability to embrace my calling, but I know that it is what God has set out for me and I trust Him.  He would never give me more than I can handle and with Him by my side I am more than a conqueror.  Now it’s up to me to keep on believing that.

Looking Back

Isn’t it kind of funny when those thoughts of a guy you encountered in your past enter your head?  Of those little moments, that maybe weren’t major or of huge importance, but stay in your mind forever.

You may look back at them and smile, or maybe think wistfully about what you would have done differently.  Would you say something else to them on your first meeting, or would your actions be different, giving them another perception of you?  Would you change some of the decisions you made, avoiding silly little mistakes?  Or would you do everything the same way, thankful of the impact it had on your life?

I’ve recently found myself looking back or reminiscing often, smiling over the good and funny things, questioning myself over the silly and maybe unfair things.  Thinking of the guys who never became a part of my life, but provided me with unforgettable encounters – the cute faces I’ll never see again and the ones never destined to be my friend.  Wondering about the ones who were a part of my life, but a relationship was never meant to be.

Memories are treasures you can never take away, and those past actions can never change.  However, having them in mind can be a blessing, preventing you making the same mistakes, leaving you ready to create new moments with the next guy who comes along.

Didn’t Realise

I didn’t realise how much certain areas of my life had impacted me.

I didn’t realise that they had a ricochet effect that would have some sort of influence on my actions.

I didn’t realise that I have particular needs that are not being met, but finding myself in various situations has made me realise what I do need.

There are a number of things about myself and my life that I previously didn’t realise, but now that I have, I can do something about it and try to make a difference.