Thought for the Week

HAVE you ever stopped for a moment to consider what is really important in your life? For those of you who use computers and the internet from time to time, you may have been the recipient of some circular e-mails which often have a funny theme, or a good moral or just some lovely pictures, but also which you are invited to pass on to people you like.

The other day I received one such e-mail with suggestions on how to relieve stress. The professor being quoted had said that we must not hold on to those issues or situations which cause us stress because very soon they will become so “heavy to carry” that they will cause us serious damage, physically and mentally - we need to give ourselves a break and look at some alternative ways to view life.

Some catchy suggestions were given such as “birthdays are good for you - the more you have the longer you live!” Then, “a truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.” The next one made me think. “You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.” Since it’s Valentine’s day and thousands of people will be sending cards declaring their undying love and their commitment to “one person” I stopped to ask myself if there was any one person to whom I might mean “the world.”

Through my mind went such possibilities as my husband - hopefully, my children - maybe, my grand children - certainly when they want something from granny, the hamster - now there’s a real possibility! But very soon I realised that there is one person to whom I mean the world, one who loves me so much that He died for me, and would have done even if I was the only person in the world.

Those of you who have even the slightest knowledge of the Christian faith will know that this person is Jesus - who came so that we might have life in all its fullness, and who died so that we might gain eternal life. What this simply means is that Jesus’ love is more than any human relationship can ever give us; we are, each one, without question or demonstration or condition ‘the world to Him.’ Now that’s an important fact in my life and one which is worth passing on to those I care about.

We don’t need to know personally everyone around us in order to care about them and I do care about all of you, so I am passing on this good news, which is a great stress breaker, that there is One who loves you more than life itself and more than the world. Why not invite Him into your life today and get to know Him - you will find very quickly that the love you receive will bring such positivity and joy into your life that stress will become a thing of the past - try it!

Linda Broadley

Hillside and Dun