Jesus Lifehouse Sendai just started at a new venue!
We are now in Livehouse Enn Every Sunday from 12!!
It’s really exciting and already a great hit.
Being part of such a great team, and working towards the same goal is really fulfilling. I feel connected and driven.
Where do you go to feel that connection?
I’ve found that I really have Fortune on my side.
I have a house, a job, great friends, and a wonderful church.
Why do I have so much? I think part of it is that I don’t see fortune as money I can get for myself. I see fortune as time, people and resources that I can use to help others.
I think that having savings is a good idea. but should it be at the expense of our beliefs?
If you have something you truly believe in, try giving to it.
Reasons I often hear and used to use myself…
I can’t spare the money (and by the way have you seen my new DVD?)
I haven’t got the time (oh yeah, did you see that tv show? I never miss it!)
I can’t find the right charity/church/organisation (but I’m not really looking anyway)
I found that once I dedicated my time, effort and yes, even my money into a cause, that I have been more fortunate than I could have imagined when I used those same reasons not to give.
I have a great spirit from doing what I know is right, I have more energy from using my time effectively, and I have more money left over than before.
I’ve found that in helping others to be more fortunate, I’ve been blessed with fortune myself.
What can you do to be more fortunate?
So many people have high expectations of others.
Parents expect their children to go to university, children expect their parents to be able to solve any problem, and patients expect their doctor to cure them.
These aren’t bad expectations. We should always hope the best for our children, trust in our parents and expect our doctors to try their best.
But how far should we go?
Some women expect their future partner to come riding in on a white horse, some parents expect their children to get perfect in every test and become high level executives, and some people expect others to be infallible.
Is putting that pressure on other people really a good thing?
Most children will lie to their parents at some stage in their life, and a lot of people will try to make themselves sound more important than they actually are. The reason? There is this emotional need to have people approve of them.
What are your expectations of others? Are they high enough to challenge them or so high that they are unattainable?
I am not a shy person.
I’ll be the first to go up to people I don’t know and introduce myself. I’m happy to be the first on a dance floor, I’m happy being on stage and I love it when I have to stand up and give a speech.
But being confident in public is natural to me.
But I know that it’s hard to be bold. Because bold for me is different. It’s being confident in doing things that will affect my private life.
It’s a New Life!
These are the opening words to one of my favourite songs.
I have been unable to post for a little while (sorry about that) but now I am back up and running!
Ok, the big news…
I moved to Sendai!
It’s a beautiful city with a wonderful heart. The people here are great, and I want to explore the whole town!
So the topic today?
Seize the Day
There are so many opportunities that come our way. It’s hard to just really figure out what to do. Do we turn left, right, go straight, make a U-turn… one thing is for sure, without making any decisions, we are just parked (Or, if like me you can’t drive, then standing still).
When someone gives you an opportunity, make a decision! whether it’s yes or no, make it not just a choice but a direction that you want to go in.
It could be a job opportunity, a date or just an invitation to a party, but think about where this decision will take you.
Do you want this type of job? will it take you to the career you truly want?
Do you like this person? Do you see yourself getting any further than just dating?
Is this party with people you like? Will it be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people?
If the answer to any of these questions is “No“, then of course the choice is obvious.
But when the answer is “Yes“, then don’t be afraid to grab hold of the opportunity and follow it to wherever it takes you.
What choices will you make today? Where will they take you?
In preparing to move to sendai I need to take on the very daunting task of throwing out stuff.
Actually this is a lot harder than it looks, because I’m a bit of a hoarder.
Definition; Hoarder - a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use
I’m not pathological and I do have times of just having clear outs, but it does build up over time.
It’s a good thing I move around so much otherwise packing this time wouldn’t just be a challenge, it’d be a nightmare to compare with turning up at the wrong company on the first day of work. (Yeah, I had that one)
But here’s the thing; Now I have a much greater purpose than keeping all these unnecessary things. I’m moving to Sendai to help Jesus Lifehouse there. My old clutter, which will only be in the way, needs to go.
It was the same thing when I first started going to Jesus Lifehouse in Tokyo, I had a lot of emotional clutter, and I needed a clear out. Just like I’m assessing my stuff now as to what to keep and what to throw/give away, I had to throw out my anxiety, my hurt, and my inability to let people get close.
Now, I am happier, I can more easily get over hurt, and I love my close friends so much that I tell them that every time I see that.
Whatever happens in your life, are you taking the time to make sure that you aren’t dragging unnecessary rubbish with you?
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 said a little in my previous post, but here’s the Big News:
I’m moving to Sendai!!!!
I’m planning on leaving next March/April time. And I’m really looking forward to it.
Jesus Lifehouse Sendai.
It’s just started, and I’m going there to help out. It’s big. It’s life-changing. It’s all for the vision.
I can’t think of anything better than to do my best for something that’s close to my heart. As a leader it’s hard to contemplate leaving my Lifegroup girls and the teams I serve, but I know that the people I’ve been building up are more than able to cope without me. It’s not sad, it’s truth!
So the point; leaders build up leaders, not followers. That way they know that come what may, the vision, drive and skill that they fought so hard for will always be passed on.
I’m glad to have Key, Solid people to rely on.
Are you building up leaders or training followers?