Influence

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.

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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.

Our Example

When I look at the example set by some of the elders of our generation, I start to wonder about how much hope there is for our generation.  The actions that some of them carry out and the things that some of them say are very suspect and simply set a bad example overall.

I enjoy watching The Wendy Williams Show, but listening to some of the statements that she has made recently really bothered me.  I sit there thinking, “Can you even hear what you just said” and “Do you really think it’s okay to say that or behave like that”?  It confuses me and makes me question her morals.

A grown woman should not be encouraging a young woman to cheat, because she is still in her prime and not yet ready to settle into married life.  If you practise certain activities in your youth or early relationships, it becomes the norm for you and it will be very hard for you to stop when you grow older and eventually get married.

I personally don’t use curse words or swear words – whichever way you want to put it – but I definitely do not think that parents should use that type of language around their children, specifically young children.  They will pick those words up and eventually use them in their later life, sometimes to an unnecessarily frequent extent.  Personally, I want to keep my children’s minds (and mouths) as pure as possible for as long as possible.

All around us, we see adults feeding us lies and treating each other in a hurtful or negative way.  We observe the mockery of marriage with the constant break-ups and quick divorces that are in the public eye.  The obsession with fame and the media means that we are constantly bombarded with cheap behaviour, individuals finding fame over basically nothing and an obsession with youth and appearance.

Of course, there are numerous elders who set really good examples, but they seem to get drowned out by the more negative influences.  It is a shame, because it seems that a significant number of young people now have less morals, less respect for themselves and are constantly shying away from traditional ideals.

Hopefully we can find a way to break the cycle, so that our generation will set the best example possible for our children, but somehow I don’t think that is going to happen.  This world just continues to get worse and worse.