the fear of the ask

“Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God nor were thankful but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

“Never have I seen so many people in hospitality looking for a way out of hospitality.

Workers in hospitality seem to be in a state of constant vigilance, preparing for the next onslaught of criticism.

They seem exhausted, stressed, close on burn out.

“Why are workers in the hospitality industry so fragile, and so unhappy?”

Words asked by a trainer in hospitality.

Grace

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GRACEI believe it is because we are reaping as a society the consequence of no longer saying GRACE.

That old lifestyle of pausing to give thanks has all but gone.

To stop hurry in its tracks!

To pause just for a moment to bring worth to our Creator.

To acknowledge our dependence on God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

To remind each other of our need for one another.

“For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful and bless the hands that have prepared the food.”  Amen

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At the weekend one of our staff members experienced yet again the consequence of a lifestyle that has no GRACE attached to it.

Young.

First job!

Broken.

Distressed.

Floods of tears.

Confidence shattered.

A broken heart!

A young woman serving a church’s vision…

“Happy Birthday – we are so glad you are alive and so glad you were born.”

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GRACEI remember when positive feedback was given within a few shifts…

One whole year this beautiful teenager waited before a soul was found that was grateful for her contribution.

I remember a season when it was easy for our youth to celebrate with the littles their birthday.

I remember when mums and dads rejoiced in watching youth care for the littles.

8 years on and oh how its changed.

We’ve pulled the young ‘uns off the floor.

Oh how our hearts break!

 

How are our young supposed to flourish in the desert?

How are they meant to thrive and grow if we curse and withhold blessing?

How are they meant to reach their being in God without GRACE?

Who are the littles inspired by now?

Who will they look up to and whisper, “I want to be like her when I grow up.”

To the littles teenagers are amazing.  They Inspire, they create hope, they are a role model.

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graceTo bud our teenagers they have to be protected from the sharp…

the hurry…

the infatuation and obsession with perfection…

the ruthless pursuit of entitlement…

the soul lacking in GRACE!

The lack of a lifestyle of GRACE not only affects our own soul, our own mind, our own heart but it affects the NEXT GENERATION.

Our children’s ministry was birthed on Psalm 145:4

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”

Living Grace is holy work.

Living Grace is God’s work.

Living Grace discipline our soul and stops it thirst for entitlement.

May we ask God to forgive us for hearts that lack GRACE and may we once again remember to join hands and practice a lifestyle of GRACE:
“Our Father who are in heaven, thank you for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful and bless the hands that prepared food for us.”