It’s really just too easy to say “I can’t”.
Why can’t you?
When I thought about coming to Japan for the first time, my initial thought was “it’s impossible” – until a friend told me about teaching in Japan.
Now I’m here and living an amazing life with great friends in a great church.
So how can you take the limits off your life?
1. Break the fear of failure. – stop thinking “I can’t” and start thinking “How can I?”
2. Shut out the
Negative voices of others.
Listen to good advice of you want to do well.
3. Smash the limits you’ve put over your own life.
You’ll never get anywhere if you refuse to try.
What are you trying to achieve?
I’m going to move to Sendai and help with the church up there. I stopped thinking about how it was impossible. I didn’t listen to others when they said that it would be a bad idea.
And I found an amazing job, with a great school and am now looking forward to a great future.
What is it that you need to
smash to move forward?
Let’s try saying “How can I?”
With Thanks to JLH Tokyo‘s Lewis Rice for the advice.
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.
I have a lot of friends. Yay!
I’ve got friends at work, at church, in England and also just from randomly meeting people in Japan. I had no idea that I could meet and keep in contact with so many people.
I think I used to have a problem with trust. Because I found it hard to truly trust people it was hard to let them close.
When I started at Jesus Lifehouse everything changed. My world exploded. I suddenly knew more people than I knew how to keep track of (thank God for Facebook).
It took me a while to figure out what to do with them. The answer; Love them. And with love comes trust.
lf there’s anything that l know, it’s that love is infinite.
You can always make more when you need it.
And just because you wanna give some to somebody else, doesn’t mean that you’ll take any away from me.
It’s so simple. I’ll keep in contact with as many as I can and as often as I can, but the main thing is to think of them, to love them, and to hope for good things for them. (In my case I pray for them)
If I hadn’t opened up my heart and started trusting people again, I might still be able to count my friends only with my fingers (possibly my toes too)
Now I need a computer because I think the number of friends I have is possibly only calculable via algebra.
Are you making new friends? What’s stopping you?
When a big event is going to happen in my life, or something that I’m really looking forward to is drawing near, people can have a tendency to feel suddenly unmotivated, or even fall ill.
I’ve had a request to talk more about overcoming this.
Whether psychosomatic, or an actual illness, the fact is that you feel bad. This is either the result of stress or an imbalance in your body’s chemistry.
I like to think of it as a challenge.
As a child and a teen, when I had a vacation, a dance recital or just an amazing opportunity come up, I’d start to feel sick closer to the day.
I missed out on so much because of this.
As an adult, I’ve faced the same situation. But I now see it as a challenge to rise up and take the opportunity that will let me enjoy something that I’d otherwise have missed out on.
Here’s how I rise up.
I am not a naturally organised person. When I am organised, it means that I’ve really worked hard on it.
There are areas of my life that even now need some work and I’ll be the first to admit it! But I’m happy to say that I’ve been working hard for both the video team and my LifeGroup.
As I’ve slowly started implementing organisation into the team, it’s been easier to see not only the weakness of the team as a whole, but also the strengths.
Our biggest strength has always been passion. People who remain in a team for a long time have an amazing passion for video and/or church. This doesn’t start this way, but it can grow when you put your time and effort into it. However, We’ve recently discovered that communication was a area that definitely needed to be developed. It’s amazing how simple the answer can be to a multitude of problems. Not enough people for recording the service, or cables in the wrong place, people not knowing where to go or when to get there. Now that we’ve started getting organised in the way we schedule, and before each service, those problems have all but dissapeared.
How do we get organised?
In our team we have started getting together 15 minutes before each service. we have three key things to do before we start.