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Act, don’t react.
This advice (taken from a tv show) is pretty good.
In the past I would wait for things to happen, be surprised, and then react to it. Most of the time I’d look back on it and go “Why on earth did I do THAT!”
(This is especially the case when I’ve found myself talking to a guy I really like.)
Think first, even when you feel pressured, stressed or nervous. Just look at the situation and think “What should I do next? What might happen after that?”
Then you can look back on a situation and say, “Even if it didn’t turn out well, I still did what I thought was right. What can I do better next time?”
Do you act, or react?
Now that I have more time on my hands I’ve decided to overcome the things I’d convinced myself that I just couldn’t do.
I can’t grow anything, I have a Black thumb:
I now have some seeds growing on the balcony.
I can’t be responsible for a pet:
I have a cute little goldfish called Mikan-Chan.
I can’t run to save my life:
I’m committed to going jogging with my friends.
All these things are what the world told me.
I choose not to believe them. I choose to overcome the things I’d convinced myself.
What has the world convinced you?
About three years ago, I broke my leg.
I was on a snowboarding holiday when it got broken.
That’s the cool version of the story.
The real version?
I was on a snowboarding holiday, but I slipped on the ice when getting off a ski-lift, and my legs went in 2 different directions. I ended up with a small fracture where the ligament joins the lower leg bone, as well as stretching a ligament.
I felt really bad. I couldn’t work, and the brace that I had to wear meant that I couldn’t even walk properly. Of course as you can imagine, I wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of three weeks alone at home.
And of course I’m not even living on the same continent as any of my family.
But my friends from both work and church were there to support me. And not even a single day went by that I didn’t have friends come round to cook, clean or take me to the hospital.
I found that friends can be your family too. And that you don’t have to be alone to be strong.
So this is a great big thank you, to my colleagues and Lifegroup, who helped me through what would have been the hardest trial of living in a foreign country.
Instead it is one of my favorite memories.
When I first went to Lifegroup, I had no idea what it was about, only that some people got together to study the Bible,
and I couldn’t think of anything more boring than that other than watching paint dry.
Since that was my only other choice most Sundays, I decided to give it a try. I’d already decided to be a Christian, so why not learn more about it.
When I got there, I didn’t know what to think. There was a group of people, sitting and having coffee together (or in my case, hot chocolate) and chatting and laughing.
They looked like normal people! Well, here is the breaking news…
I was confused, weren’t we supposed to be sitting down and seriously diving “deep” into the Bible and talking about weird stuff?
What I really found was a group of friends. Not just people passing through my life, and not people who were there the one week, and gone the next. These people were there for me every week.
More than that, They were there for me during the week too; having breakfast together, and celebrating my birthday.
Every low point in my life those friends are still there for me, and every high point, those same friends are right there to be happy with me.
What did I gain in Lifegroup?
I gained friends
What would you gain from a Lifegroup?
One of the best things that ever happened to me is joining Lifegroup.
A small group of people meet and share about the amazing things happening in our lives, and the victories over the trials in them.
We give each other good advice, share about what we believe, Read the bible together and have a lot of fun.
Wait a minute… Read the bible AND have fun? Contrary to popular belief, it IS possible.
I used to think that reading the bible was a recipe for boredom:
Take one story about a man who did a bunch of stuff years ago
Add in a lots of names and numbers
Stir it in with a bunch of rules
And let it cook for 2000 years…
It’s more like this:
Take stories of people doing action movie-like feats of heroism
Add in lots of stories of romance, treachery and ridiculous bad-guys
Stir it in with the ultimate heroic ending
And see how it keeps on nourishing people for 2000 years
In Lifegroup I learned not to be so prejudiced about things I don’t know about.
Where do you go to grow and learn?
I’m not exactly the best at getting things done in advance. Usually I get things done just in the nick of time.
It isn’t the best way to do things. It’s better to be prepared way in advance, and to know exactly what you’re going to do when an event comes up.
But even though that way is best, you shouldn’t give up if you haven’t prepared. Things can be done right up until the moment that something starts.
It’s the same with life.
It’s always best to live our lives the best way from the beginning. But even right up until the end, there is chance to change, and a hope for something better.
When are you going to make that choice?
I read something great this morning.
The whole focus was on this amazing world, and that so many things happen in it that we don’t see. I love this world, and although I can’t say that this world is perfect, I think that for me this planet is exactly how it needs to be, and is going to be better.
This wonderful place is full of great things. None of which cost a thing to create. Animals, trees, rivers, oceans (yes, people in Japan can of course still love the ocean) and people!
It’s easy to just be so busy just waking up, working and going to sleep that we can miss everything around us.
I went to Jesus Lifehouse Hong Kong a couple of years ago, and spent all my time just meeting people, going to church, and looking around at what was happening around me.
I want to do that more here in Tokyo. I’ll go to work, go to Jesus Lifehouse Tokyo, and just look around and meet people, because I’m more than just sleep and work.
When I get to Sendai, I’ll work, meet people and go to Jesus Lifehouse Sendai.
Are you starting to see a pattern?
This is my Life, and I want it to be great and filled with memories of this beautiful world, not just passed through because I’m too busy to appreciate it.
I want to take more time to really appreciate everything and everyone around me. How much time are you spending on that?
Click here to see what I read this morning.