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Recent Thoughts :
Join God’s New Year Honours list
The New Years Honours list made much of our sporting stars. Knighthoods, and other
honours meant that all the hard work which went into winning Olympic or Paralympic
medals gained another reward. The list also contained hundreds of other names – most
unknown to the general public – for services to their different organisations, to
local communities and to different charitable concerns. While is is good to see that
these people are having their efforts acknowledged and brought to the public’s attention,
in some ways it makes it more difficult for those who are not named and who have a low
esteem to think that they have any value at all.
That is a real problem for thousands – particularly at a time when many have been made redundant and are failing to find other work. The organisations who deliver food to those in need tell us that there has never been as many needy people, many of whom feel inadequate, of humiliated as they have to ask for life’s necessities for themselves and their family. That is why the message of the Bible is so important. Jesus came – not simply to die for us – but to give us a new future, a sense of self-worth and value, the knowledge that God himself appreciates us, loves us, and wants a relationship with us. That has to be glorious news. The Queen may identify those who she wishes to honour, but God has no limitations – he wants to honour us all with new life, and a future in which he takes charge.
The Bible tells us that he loved us so much that he gave his only son, Jesus, so that we might have all this new relationship with God. Read about it in the New Testament, or visit your local church this week-end and see how much God values you and considers you to be among his most cherished possessions.