BlogsThoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral
By Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, Jubilee Church Wirral
The way we see things, the way we understand things, the way we hear things…
As we walked through London this week we caught sight of the London Eye. The huge circular wheel with gumdrops hanging from perfect intervals amazed us from afar. What a view you must get from up there. It appeared to stand still against the London sky.
The next day we ventured closer – and wow. It was so much bigger than it had appeared from across the river! Standing right under it, we were in awe of the engineering feat that it is. And… it was actually moving! Slowly taking the passengers up, up and up… higher and higher to view the marvels of the big city.
We got it wrong. We got the size wrong and our understanding wrong. Until we were right next to it we couldn’t really appreciate what it was like. We didn’t even realise it was moving the day before as well!
How often we see things differently to the way God sees them.
We can look at things from a worldly point of view – sometimes we don’t even realise we are doing it.
We can sometimes flip-flop from a worldly point of view to seeing things from a Godly point of view.
We can be over-critical or under-critical. We can be coming from a place of anger, or a place of love. We can be looking at life with an optimistic view, or a pessimistic view. We can be approaching life and situations from a Godly perspective or an un-Godly perspective. The world wants us to fall into the trap of perceiving things from the perspective of whatever is popular at the moment. These different perspectives can often get a bit more personal and flow into what we think about ourselves. Often we search and search for something to tell us who we are and why we are here.
God says something different.
In 1 John 3:1, He says that we are children of God.
In Ephesians 2:4-5, He says that we are loved and alive through Him.
In Psalm 139:13-16, He says that we are made exactly as He wanted and He has plans for us.
In 1 Thessalonians 1:4, He says that we are chosen and loved.
In Colossians 2:10, He says that we are complete in Christ.
• How do you perceive yourself today?
• How do you think of others today?
• Are you perceiving things through what God says?
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?