Today is a special day in our house. It is my youngest daughter’s birthday and she has asked for a geocaching themed birthday. Yesterday we went geocaching and we found 18 between us and today we are going to have an special birthday breakfast, celebrate in church and then we will eat this amazing cake.
For all of you who geocache, you will want to click on the image to enlarge it and then to see how many caches you can see. Feel free to comment your answers below.
I have an amazingly talented wife who can do so much more than make wonderful cakes. I am blessed to have her and I am glad she puts up with me.
I watched the voice UK last night and I am still trying to decide if I really like it or not. The best moment of the show yesterday was when Karis who is one of the younger contestants was clearly overwhelmed by the person she was singing with. Rita decided to give her a pep talk and she said,
You need to realise how good you are.
Usually this is the thing that I hate most about the Voice, you know, the kinda ‘you’re going to be a star’ comments. In that moment, I didn’t cringe as I usually do. Instead I thought, ‘she so needs to hear that’.
You see, when you read something of Karis’ story, it is clear that she hasn’t had the best or easiest start in life. She has been through a lot and she obviously didn’t feel very special or talented in the rehearsal and so she needed to be reminded of who she really is.
Our circumstances shouldn’t define us.
I believe that everyone is gifted and that we all have something we can contribute. The Bible talks about the people who make up the church being like a body which has many parts which all work together in a united way. Every part of our body is important and if we all play our part then the church and the world will be a better place.
We all have something to contribute. What are you really good at? If you can’t see it, ask someone who knows you well.
We can all tell someone else what they are good at. Who can you encourage today? Rita was able to encourage Karis and her encouragement led to a confident performance. Encouraging someone is usually something that costs us so little but that can mean so much to someone else.
As I heard Rita speak words of hope and encouragement to Karis I was reminded of the words of God the Father to Jesus,
You are my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.
Rita didn’t want Karis to live her life always looking down on herself. She wanted Karis to realise how good she was at singing and to see that she has so much to offer if she can only believe in herself.
God doesn’t want you to live your life always looking down on yourself. He wants you to realise that he made you with gifts and strengths and that you have so much to offer, but most of all he wants to be a part of your life so that he can help you to discover who you really are.
No one has had a perfect start in life, we have all suffered setbacks and hurts but God wants to set us free and to help us to grow into the person who he made us to be.