Have you ever felt so engaged in a situation or issue that it became all you could think about? So often, we allow ourselves to get so involved in our own issues that these become like mountains to us. We may refer here to any sort of situations regarding our families, health, job, home, and so on. We pray about it, we worry about it, it tears us down and it dominates our lives. Meanwhile, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:17 that these are only a ‘light affliction’. We then wonder: ‘How can this be?’ We’ve lost nights of sleep, sought counsel from others, prayed about it, how can we accept that this is only a small problem? The truth is… this seems so big and important because we are too focused on ourselves, so much that we become insensitive/ blind to the needs of those around us. Let’s then imagine what could happen if, instead of focusing our attention and prayers on ourselves, we would focus on other people. When we are willing and sensitive, the Lord will lead us even as we pray, and we’ll then be able to lift others in need up to the Lord. These may include those in hospitals with terminal illnesses, the persecuted Christians around the World, those living in war or in very unsettled homes, the orphan children or the lonely elderly. And most importantly, the millions of people who do not know the forgiveness, grace and love of Jesus Christ and who have not yet experienced His salvation. At this stage, our own issue feels light and we realise that, as we bring others to the Lord in prayer, we notice that He takes care of our issue too. In fact, what minutes before felt like a huge problem, now seems like a very bearable burden, which we can even be thankful for, as we understand the work taking place in our hearts and lives through it. Brothers and sisters let’s be more sensitive and more grateful. We serve an amazing and faithful God, who is interested in every detail of our lives and who will always take care of us. Blessings, Bournemouth Christian Church

Have you ever felt so engaged in a situation or issue that it became all you could think about? So often, we allow ourselves to get so involved in our own issues that these become like mountains to us. We may refer here to any sort of situations regarding our families, health, job, home, and so on. We pray about it, we worry about it, it tears us down and it dominates our lives. Meanwhile, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:17 that these are only a ‘light affliction’. We then wonder: ‘How can this be?’ We’ve lost nights of sleep, sought counsel from others, prayed about it, how can we accept that this is only a small problem? The truth is… this seems so big and important because we are too focused on ourselves, so much that we become insensitive/ blind to the needs of those around us. Let’s then imagine what could happen if, instead of focusing our attention and prayers on ourselves, we would focus on other people. When we are willing and sensitive, the Lord will lead us even as we pray, and we’ll then be able to lift others in need up to the Lord. These may include those in hospitals with terminal illnesses, the persecuted Christians around the World, those living in war or in very unsettled homes, the orphan children or the lonely elderly. And most importantly, the millions of people who do not know the forgiveness, grace and love of Jesus Christ and who have not yet experienced His salvation. At this stage, our own issue feels light and we realise that, as we bring others to the Lord in prayer, we notice that He takes care of our issue too. In fact, what minutes before felt like a huge problem, now seems like a very bearable burden, which we can even be thankful for, as we understand the work taking place in our hearts and lives through it. Brothers and sisters let’s be more sensitive and more grateful. We serve an amazing and faithful God, who is interested in every detail of our lives and who will always take care of us.

Blessings

Bournemouth Christian Church