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A few years back I entered the world of Twitter. As I’m sure you all know it is a world where you ‘follow’ other people and are yourself ‘followed’. Twitter was launched in July 2006. It now has over 500 million active users. I’m not an avid follower but I do use it as a push marketing tool.

Justin Bieber now has over 36 million followers worldwide. Many other celebrities also have huge followings. People follow their lives, words, and lifestyle. They want to know all about them, they want to interact with them and they want to be like them. They imitate them. There is nothing inherently wrong with this. It is natural to want to follow those we admire. Following celebrities on Twitter can be fun or even enlightening.

However, following people on Twitter is one thing; being a true follower of someone is quite another. It means imitating their lives and doing what they do. We need to choose the right people to follow. Unlike with Twitter, it really does matter whom we follow. Millions, for example, followed Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. Still today, millions follow evil dictators, terrorists and gang leaders.

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Jesus said many times, ‘Follow me’. Of all the people who have ever lived, Jesus has the largest number of followers. Over 2,300 million people in the world today profess to follow Jesus. Jesus’ followers want to know him and to be like him.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
~ Luke 9:23

May you, my brothers and sisters, know the one who calls you to follow. May you walk in His steps, as He leads you into all your tomorrows. May you drop your baggage and whatever causes you to stumble, and follow Jesus.

Follow Me

Carrying too many burdens?
Feeling far from free?
Leave it all behind
Come and follow me

Loaded up with baggage?
Bearing loads too heavy?
Leave it all behind
Come and follow me

Lost and yet to be found?
Too blind to really see?
Leave it all behind
Come and follow me

Crippled with the past?
I can set you free
Leave it all behind
Come and follow me

Let it go then hold on
To the things that set you free
Come alive and come home
Come and follow me

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Follow Me

A few years back I entered the world of Twitter. As I’m sure you all know it is a world where you ‘follow’ other people and are yourselves ‘followed’. Twitter was launched in July 2006. It now has over 500 million active users. I’m not an avid follower but I do use it as a push marketing tool for this blog. I must go have a look at my account some time.

Justin Bieber now has over 36 million followers worldwide. Many other celebrities also have huge followings. People follow their lives, words, and lifestyle. They want to know all about them, they want to interact with them and they want to be like them. They imitate them. There is nothing inherently wrong with this. It is natural to want to follow those we admire. Following celebrities on Twitter can be fun or even enlightening.

However, following people on Twitter is one thing; being a true follower of someone is quite another. It means imitating their lives and doing what they tell us to do. We need to choose the right people to follow. Unlike with Twitter, it really does matter whom we follow. Millions, for example, followed Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. Still today, millions follow evil dictators, terrorists and gang leaders.

Some people are sceptical about tradition and institutions and do not know who to follow. The traditional models, which often came from or were championed by our families, institutions and political leaders, have to some extent broken down. This leaves many people unsure of whom to follow.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
~ Luke 9:23

Jesus said many times, ‘Follow me’. Of all the people who have ever lived, Jesus has the largest number of followers. Over 2,300 million people in the world today profess to follow Jesus. Jesus’ followers want to know him and to be like him.

This week may you know the one who calls you to follow. May you walk in His steps, as He leads you into all your tomorrows. May the one who you follow lead you and guide you through your valley of life. May you choose to follow, and lead others.

Will You Follow

Where I go, will you follow
For today
And your tomorrows

Where I go, will you come
Learn from me
And my Son

Where I go, you will see
Another world
And be like me

Where I go, will you follow
For today
And your tomorrows

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Early one morning, from the 11th floor of my office building, I watched the sun rise over the harbour. I noticed how slowly and surely the light began to paint all the shadows of the landscape, from the valleys and into the hills. The darkness retreated silently as the brilliant light invaded the hills, valleys and the streets. The sun rose and blinded everything in its path. The sun set the clouds on fire in a swirl of red and orange, and everything reflected and basked in its glory.

C.S Lewis once said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else”. What a great way to see how the sun restores our world each day.

I work in an open plan office and have moved desks a few times in the last five years, to make way for more staff, and more progress. I feel a sense of comfort in knowing where my desk is and knowing that it will be in the same place each day. When I move I take some time to adjust. Soon we will be moving again. When I looked at the new floor plan I noticed that our team will be moving back to the North side of the building to a place where we had come from about 12 months ago. To the place where I took this photo.

I laughed at the irony of coming full circle. As soon as the thought came to me, another thought replaced it – fully restored. This was not my thought, it was placed in my head.

Change, even as trivial as moving desks, can be a great metaphor for life. I believe that over the last 12 months God has brought me full circle and into a place of rest and restoration. From this place, the view seems different. Everything seems to reflect the glory of God, particularly the sunrises and sunsets.

God wants to supersize your dreams. He can do more than you can even ask or think!  ~ Joel Osteen

God wants to bring us all to this place. In this place God reveals Himself and His plans for us. To be fully restored is to be fully engaged with what God has in store for us. It is a place of determined dreams and vast visions. God can do so much more than we ever dream, imagine or ask. What an exciting place to be. Sure, life still goes on – the hills and the valleys. In the place of restoration, a hill is where we can see and dream, and a valley is where we can rest and drink. The valleys are the only places where the sustainable rivers flow. It is a journey and a destination all at the same time.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~ Psalm 51:12

So what about you my friend? Have you been to this place of rest and restoration? Are you searching, have you found what you’re looking for? Will you share your story of searching or finding here or somewhere this week? Your story may just give life, light and hope to someone travelling this road.

Fully Restored

Through the furnace flames
By the light of my sword
I brought you home
Fully restored

Through the darkened room
I unlocked your door
I bring you here
Fully restored

Through your brokenness
Forgiven and flawed
I brought you here
Fully restored

Through all your days
By my accord
I’ll light you path
Fully restored

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