Day 8: Tick Tock

Tick Tock

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Tick Tock: That’s the Sound of a Clock 🙂

You’ve probably all heard or used the phrases; “Time is ticking away” or “Time flies by” or “I can’t believe it’s March already” etc…

There is another saying, “Time stands still for no man”. You can’t STOP the clock and you can’t go back.

Lateness, without genuine reason, says ‘I’m more important than you’. If you’ve ever had to sit around waiting for someone who said they’d arrive half an hour ago, you’ll know how annoying it is. Set your alarm 15 minutes early, get organised the night before, and get there. On time.

How to use TIME to your advantage:

Plan it!

Be there ON TIME (Be early).

I don’t know why, but I hate being late, I’ll often arrive 10 or 15 mins ahead of important events. Sometimes if it’s a funeral, wedding or church service half an hour or an hour before if I’m leading or preaching.

I’ve noticed that many people don’t share the same TIME priorities as me. We’ve got lots of people in our fellowship from The West Indies: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. From Africa: Nigeria, Congo, Liberia, Kenya. We’ve got people from India and Sri Lanka. Europe and the UK… But we’ve ALL got different time perspectives; some don’t mind being late, even up to an hour late, in their cultrue, is not rude or disrespectful, whilst others have a much more rigid and inflexible attitude. What do you think? Is it right to keep people waiting?

I think in our busy lifestyle here in the UK, no matter what culture we’re from, we’ve got to be considerate of others. Because sometimes people are working hard and they’ve only got a very short amount of free time, so we’d better respect and honour one another with the way we handle time. I know I’ve kept some people in Church too long, but preaching for way too long sometimes and I’ve paid the price as people have stopped coming to church. We learn our lessons the hard way sometimes.

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Have an awesome Day.

Don.

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Day 7: Where’s Your Treasure?

Day 7: Where’s Your Treasure?

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Being generous isn’t about what you have – it’s about what you do with what you’re given. Where’s your treasure? Because that’s where your heart is, too. Today, do an inventory analysis. What are you holding on to? Is there anything you need to hold a little lighter?

Where your Treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:19-20.
Where your Treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:19-20.

Jesus said, Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Wherever what you value in life is, there your heart will be also.

So many people get caught up in the things of this world, they are nothing, gold, silver, jewels and gadgets, property, fame and fortune. All of these things are nothing in God’s eyes, the love of this world is hatred towards God. So He encourages us to hold onto the things of this world with a loose grip, being ready to part with them and willing to serve Him with all we have. Is your everything at His disposal today? If God were to ask you for your precious; car, watch, trinket, etc would you be willing to part with it for use in His Kingdom business? Strip yourself of everything and you won’t be naked, for your Heavenly Father know what you need and is please to give it to you. He’ll also give the Kingdom to whomever seeks it first in life.

When our treasure is in Heaven, then the things that mere Earthlings value will be seen as utter foolishness to the Kingdom person. We know that God’s riches far exceed what the Earth offers, the luster of Heavenly treasure is more glorious by far. Store it up in Heaven. Give to the poor and provide purses for yourselves in Heaven. Nothing will ever be able to take your heavenly treasure away.

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Let’s see how giving we can be with what the LORD has given to us.

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Day 6: Saying Thank You.

Day 6: Saying Thank You.

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It was wonderful saying goodbye to my grandchildren this morning, they took the time to come and find me and say, “Thank you Papa for the lovely breakfast.” Little Leila also said, “Thank you Jesus for the Boiled Eggs”… She’s only four and puts a smile on my heart.

There’s nothing quite like a heartfelt and sincere “Thank You”. We all get those warm-fuzzies when people appreciate what we’ve done for them.

My friends, Don’t forget to say thank you today to everyone who does something for you. My wife travels to work by bus and every time she gets off she shouts out to the driver, “Thank you Driver”. One day it was pouring down with rain and she was quite a distance away from the Bus Stop, but the Driver recognised her and stopped the bus. That’s unheard of in London, they don’t normally stop the bus between stops to let people on. Julie was so thankful and showed her appreciation, she could have been soaked and would have had to wait ages for another bus to come along.

Being thankful brings God’s blessings into your life.

Be Generous, even if those around you don’t appreciated it. SAY “Thank you” as often as you can.

Have an awesome day and thank you for taking time to read this.

Don.

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40 Acts: Fair and Square.

40 Acts of Generosity: Day 5: Fair and Square.

 

 

Fair and square

Fairtrade Fortnight starts today here in the UK. Today’s act is a simple one to start the week: support the Fairtrade movement. Because everyone has the right to earn a fair wage for an honest day’s work.

The Bible teaches that a labourer deserves his wages.

You don’t mussle an ox.

You even feed the animals that work for you.

Take a look Here for some more ideas on how to help people get what they deserve.

In the UK you can support The LIVING WAGE campaign. People deserve to be paid at a level upon which they can not just survive, but thrive. Let’s make the UK a fair place to live.

God bless and keep being GENEROUS EVERY DAY.

May the LORD give you all the strength you need.

Don.

Do Lent Generously Fair and Square
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Day 4: Surprise.

Day 4: Surprise. Who Doesn’t Like Surprises?

Surprise, Surprise
Surprise, Surprise

Day 4 of 40 Acts of Generosity: Surprise.

Most people like to be pleasantly surprised. So today’s theme for 40 Acts Together is to Generously Surprise Someone Today.

Day 4 of 40 Acts of Generosity: Lent Focus 2015.

My act of Surprise: Today we held a Preacher’s Breakfast: But it was no ordinary breakfast, it was a KINGDOM breakfast.

Here’s what I surprised them with, for my fellow Preachers:

Surprise Breakfast:

  • Sausages (The Best) mmmm
  • Bacon (Prime Back Cuts).
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Black-Puddings
  • Freshly Baked Tiger Bread: Some toasted and some fresh.
  • Black and Red Grapes.
  • Cornflakes
  • Muesli
  • Dates (But I forgot to take them along).
  • Juice: Fresh Orange and Fresh Apple Juice.
  • Coffee: Nestles Golden Roasted.
  • Tea:

I’d really like to thank my friend Dave who came along and helped to set-up and serve the folks as I cooked for them.

Then we had some teaching from the Bible, some sharing of what sermons or Christian teaching we’d heard that had made a deep impact upon our lives, and then some prayer together.

What a wonderful breakfast with some of the best saints in God’s family.

I’m praying they were not only surprised by the lovely food, but also the POWER of the Holy Spirit in our meeting. It was awesome!

How will you surprise people today?

May the LORD give you JOY as you seek to serve Him and others today.

Go ON and GIVE someone a wonderful SURPRISE today that will blow their socks off

Don.

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Day 3: CLEAN. 40 Acts of Generosity.

40 Acts of Generosity Clean
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40 Acts of Generosity: Day 3: Clean.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

What a brilliant opportunity to make God’s world a better place today.

What can you clean?

 

Jesus Cleans Your Heart.

Remember the Lord Jesus and what He did to make it possible for your heart to be cleansed from all Sin.

Thank the LORD for this beautiful world He’s given us to take care of.

Remember: Jesus told us in the Lord’s Prayer:

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done” Where? “On EARTH as it is in Heaven.

We only live here on Earth for a short time, and we’re expected to make it as much like Heaven as we can.

Have an awesome Day 3: Clean it up 🙂 For Jesus.

Let the light shine.

Don.

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Day 2 Chinwag, Chatter, Natter,

Day 1: Praying for Generosity.

Home:

Remember to have fun, praise the Lord!

Pray for your world, neighbourhood, city, community.

Be Jesus man, woman and child in the world today.

Clean for Jesus.

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Chinwag With Neighbours

Chinwag With The Neighbours.

Chinwag with Neighbours
Chinwag with Neighbours

40 Acts Together. Day 2: Chinwag With Your Neighbours.

What a brilliant idea, people actually chatting with one another.

I know there are times when I don’t even see my neighbours for weeks, sometimes months. We are on good neighbourly terms, but we just don’t seem to make time to have even a little chat. So today, I’m going out of my way to say hello and see if they are prepared to go a bit further.

Helps:

Conversation Starters: Many people are stumped as to what to say to people after an initial greeting.

What great about the UK is that we’ve always got something to talk about every day: THE WEATHER 🙂

I know that seems a bit corny, but people are not ready for the “How are you doing?” question straigh away. Why? Because asking people how they are is very personal, and getting into ‘really’ personal stuff with people you don’t know that well isn’t comfortable, either for you or for them. So start with pleasantries and ask about other things or make a statement that requires no personal information to be communicated. They’ll feel comfortable with you and you’ll feel comfortable with them too: It’s a WIN / WIN idea.

What to Chinwag About?

Chatting to Neighbours
Chatting to Neighbours

 Here are a few things you can chat about with neighbours or comparative strangers.

Let’s Have A Chinwag

The Weather: How it makes you feel: You can be positive about the cold, rain, wind, ice, snow, sun, shade… There are great things to say about the weather. “I just love watching those big fluffy clouds”… I said that to one lady and she said, “Thank you so much, I’ve been feeling good today and just realised why, I too love the shapes of the clouds”… Funny 🙂 Smiles all around.

The State of your street or neighbourhood. People always want to chat about where they live. (Tip: Try and be as positive as you can, but be genuine). People don’t really like people who MOAN all the time. So find something positive to say about your area. Don’t get know as a GRUMPY NEIGHBOUR…

The Up-Coming Events Nearby: E.G. We’ve got something called West Norwood Feast… You could say what you think about it and how good it is at getting to know people in the locality, etc… What’s on offer, what events / things you like about the Feast…

The Gardens: How they look or make you feel.

Window Boxes or Planters. “Lovely flowers”…

The News: But try and find some good news. Local news is best for neighbours…

The important thing for this LENT focus is to just try and get CHINWAGING (Chatting). It’s all about being generous with your time, talents and treasures. Stewardship for Life.

Hope you have fun!

Hope you stay Happy!

I’ll let you know how I get on later.

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40 Acts Together Lent Focus 2015.

40 Days, 40 Acts of Generosity.

40 Days of Giving Back, Doing Good and Living Generously for Jesus.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday 18th February 2015: 40 Acts Together Lent Focus for 2015.

Meeting at 7.30pm @ St Luke’s Church, West Norwood.

 

There is a NEW FOCUS each day throughout LENT 2015.

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Come back and share your EXPERIENCE.

We’d love to hear how you are getting along.

 

Day 2: Chinwag With The Neighbours

There’s nothing like a good old Chinwag.

Day 3: Clean. God told us to take care of this world. 

Day 4: Surprise: Who doesn’t like ‘Surprises’?

Day 5: Fair and Square: Helping people to get a fair day’s pay for a day’s work.

Day 6: Saying, “Thank You!” is so important and it brings God’s Blessings into your life.

Day 7: Where’s Your Treasure. Storing up Treasures in Heaven.

Day 8: Tick Tock: Time. “Time Stands Still For No Man”.

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