Wellbeing Thought for Monday 29th March 2021

Monday, 29 March
Thank you for being on The Wellbeing Journey!

We hope you have found this journey helpful – keep going!

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May you know the joy of the risen Lord Jesus this Easter!

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Wellbeing Thought for Sunday 28th March 2021

Sunday 28 March
Ever-increasing wellbeing

How can we continue to live in every-increasing wellbeing?

(1) Submit to God’s plan for your life. If you haven’t yet made Jesus the Lord of your life, we strongly encourage you to do so.* It will be the best decision you’ll ever make. If you are already a follower of Christ, renew your commitment to put Him first.

(2) Keep renewing your mind with His truth. Consider again the six areas of your life. Reflect on the one thing you think will make the greatest change in your current situation, then persevere in putting it into practice.

(3) Make yourself accountable. We are far more likely to make progress if we write down the next steps and then share them with others. Invite them to ask you regularly how you are doing. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see quick results. As you keep going, you will start seeing a difference.

(4) Give it away. The ultimate purpose of our wellbeing is not just for our good but for others, too.

 

* “Lord Jesus, I admit my need of You and invite You to come and forgive me. I believe that You died and rose again so that I could receive new joy, purpose, hope and wellbeing. Please come into my life and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I commit to follow You and Your ways all the days of my life. Amen.”

If you have prayed this prayer for the first time, please share this with a Christian friend or with Christoph and Edda (rector@denhamparish.church).

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Wellbeing Thought for Saturday 27th March 2021

Saturday 27 March
Promise of reward

How do we keep going in the long run? For Christians, the answer is by living our whole lives in gratitude to the God who has called us, knowing that ultimately He will reward us. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3.17).

In whatever sphere we are functioning, everything we do is to be for the Lord. We live and work with an eternal perspective: there is life after life and when Jesus comes back there will be rewards in the age to come.

We have God’s promise that we will receive a reward for faithful (if sometimes faltering) service. We don’t get everything we desire in this life, but we are storing up great rewards in the age to come, when we will hear the Lord Jesus saying, “Well done – come and enjoy my complete and perfect shalom forever!”

> What kind of legacy would you like to leave behind? How can you make changes to your life, ministry and work? Receive fresh strength and motivation in ‘whatever you do’.

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Wellbeing Thought for Friday 26th March 2021

Friday 26 March
The power of the Spirit

The Holy Spirit acts as an ‘amplifier’ to our gifts, just as a PA system can make one voice heard in a big auditorium. James 5.17 says that Elijah was a human being, even as we are – it was the power of the Spirit working through him that enabled him to have such a powerful ministry.

As Jesus prepared to ascend to heaven he promised to his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be poured out on them. This happened at Pentecost and the same Spirit is still available to the Church today (Acts 1 and 2).

We can we be anointed for our vocation – in our families, our place of work, our local church or community.

> Ask God to fill you with His power in order to help you be more effective in your vocation.
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Wellbeing Thought for Thursday 25th March 2021

Thursday 25 March
Alone or with other people

“How well you do in life and in business depends not only on what you do and how you do it … but on who is doing it with you” (Henry Cloud, The Power of the Other). For the first part of his ministry, Elijah operated as a lone ranger, but during the final phase he had a young friend and successor by his side, Elisha. Jesus supremely modelled the call to work with and mentor others with his disciples. This is a broader principle expressed in the slightly corny statement, “teamwork makes the dream work”.

The more I realise what I’m good at, the more I also find out what I’m NOT good at! Being part of a team is essential!

> Are you functioning as a lone ranger or working with others? How can you grow your investment in other people and your contribution to teams?
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Wellbeing Thought for Wednesday 24th March 2021

Wednesday 24 March
The need for perseverance

Sometimes we lose motivation, focus and creativity and we just want to quit. When our passions and our purpose are aligned, we are more likely to persevere at such times. Sometimes we need help to get back. Elijah came to this point when he said to God “Take my life!”. And God reaffirmed his calling: “Go back the way you came” (1 Kings 19.15), which may well have been an encouragement to return to his original vocation.

While our vocation may stay the same, the way we live it out may well change. If you are heading towards the vocational red zone and feeling like giving up, don’t quit! Keep going on until the end.

> Take time to reflect. How can you reignite your sense of calling and destiny? Re-embrace your purpose and determine to persevere. wellbeing banner with text small.jpeg

Wellbeing Thought for Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Tuesday 23 March
In the flow

Many psychologists place an emphasis on living out of our strengths. We can see in the life of Elijah how he accomplished difficult tasks with apparent ease – a wonderful picture of someone living out of their God-given strengths.

Being ‘engaged’ or being ‘in the flow’ is where we feel our best and perform our best with total focus. To increase the amount of time we spend ‘in the flow’ we need to manage and steward our energy. We will perform better at certain times for certain tasks – give your best energy to the things that matter most!

We also need to build in time to rest and recover. Build in breaks – even if it’s just for a few minutes. You may want to exercise and ask God for fresh wisdom and strength in those breaks.

>When have you been ‘in the flow’? What was it like? How could you re-order your daily and weekly schedule to give your best time and energy to the things that matter most?
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Wellbeing Thought for Monday 22nd March 2021

Monday 22 March

Following your pathway

The first element of our vocation is to discover and live out our overall purpose, which we thought about yesterday. Today we’ll be focusing on the second element: finding out and following our specific pathway.

Eric Liddell, whose life story was told in the film Chariots of Fire, knew that his overall purpose was to live for God. His specific calling at the time of the 1924 Olympics was to be a runner. However, when one of the races was to be held on a Sunday, he followed his personal convictions not to run. Later in life, despite his athletic talent he felt that his ultimate calling was to become a missionary in China and he died in a Japanese internment camp in 1945.

There is, however, no sacred-secular division in the Bible! Those involved in so-called ‘full-time ministry’ are no more important than those who follow their calling within the family, the workplace, the community or as ‘volunteers’ in their local church.

Discovering our unique calling can be a lifelong process. You might also find some of the personality profiles helpful (DISC, MBTI, Strength-Finder). As you begin to explore your specific life purpose, here are some helpful thoughts:

(1) Know that you are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139.14). Don’t fall into the comparison trap! Your calling is the best one for you.

(2) Take a holistic approach that includes your work, your studies, your family life, your broader responsibilities to serving your church or community.

(3) Finding your life purpose is almost always a process of discovery with experimentation, consultation with others and seeking God’s will.

(4) Like Eric Liddell, you may be fulfilling your vocation right now, but you may have a different calling at some point in the future.

> Ask yourself three questions: What can I do well (self-assessment and experimentation)? What do others see in me (consultation)? Is there a calling I have not yet fulfilled (revelation)?

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Wellbeing Thought for Sunday 21st March 2021

VOCATIONAL WELLBEING
Sunday 21 March
Living on purpose

We are born on purpose  and for a purpose! Being clear on our reason for being is important for our wellbeing. There is a general and specific ‘calling’ (the English word for vocation) – an overall life purpose that is common to all, and a specific pathway that is unique to each one of us. Today we are thinking about our overall purpose.

In his best-selling book  The Purpose Driven Life, author Rick Warren says, “If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, our destiny.”

Knowing our God-given purpose and living it out is the birth right of every born-again child of God: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2.10).

Where is your vocational ‘dial’? Might you have been focusing on the wrong target? How can you make some changes?

210321 Sunday Worship: Vocational Wellbeing

Today is the last part of The Wellbeing Journey. We will explore vocational wellbeing. We will also pause and reflect on nearly one year since the first lockdown started. Edda and Christoph will be leading the service live from the Rectory. Join us for Church Coffee on Zoom afterwards. All links can be found below.

 

Church Coffee on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 836 9097 1697

Passcode: Coffee

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:

Open the Book – The Boys who liked to say NO…

Wellbeing for children – early years…

Wellbeing for children – primary school age…

 

EASTER at Denham Parish Church…