Are you having fun yet?
In the book of Proverbs, Solomon — who was the wisest man to ever live — said, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” (15:13). Obliviously there’s wisdom in having fun in life. It would be a pretty boring experience otherwise!
But have you ever thought about ministering to people through fun? Or about the difference you can make in people’s lives by bringing them joy, laughter and smiles? In this issue of The Upside, we explore some of the experiences and wisdom that people who share Jesus in creative ways have. Our cover feature (“The Ministry of Fun,” pages 4 to 6) shows that there areno limitations in how we can share God.
In other things, we’ve got some great exercise tips from Unleash Fit Living, a perfect-for-Winter recipe and news about 10 years of Grey Nomads. Read on to find out more!
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A life more abundant
Have you ever wondered if you’re living your best life? It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day things we have to do and forget we should be doing more than just existing. When Jesus was on earth, He told people that He had come so they could have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). That’s something that encompasses all aspects of our being — spiritual, physical, emotional and mental.
In this issue of The Upside, we’re delving into the mental health aspect. Pastor David Stojcic shares ideas for dealing with loneliness (page 15); and there’s a report about the first-ever Brain Function Conference run by 4D Living (pages 6 and 7).
We also have a fantastic feature from Dr Darren Morton, who’s a man on a happiness mission. He’s the author of Live More Active and Live More Happy, and has spent many years studying how the brain and body work to give us the best chance at a fantastic life. Read on to find out more about your Limbo and emotional wellbeing (pages 4 to 6)!
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Friendship is all about love. It might not be the sort of love that has movies made about it or epic poetry dedicated to it, but it’s something that makes life better and brighter — whether times are great or grating.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca said, “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” Finding that understanding with another person usually brings acceptance, comfort and happiness with it too. It creates a unique relationship that is completely voluntary, yet also lacks formal structure (like a family unit or marriage). They can grow and change over time, and occasionally end. But they’re one of the best things about life.
Cherish your friends — you don’t know what a difference they’ll make in your life and what a difference you can make in theirs. It might have eternal meaning, particularly if we can share our Best Friend — Jesus — with those we love (pages 4 to 6).
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Each one of us has a talent. Some of us have more than one. There are even those lucky people who seem to be good at absolutely everything they try. But have you put much thought into how you use your talent(s) for good? And what about using them for God?
That’s something singer-songwriter Ashlee Bennetts has done with her first EP. As our cover feature this month, Ashrae (as she’s known) shares with us how music provides an opportunity to share God with people who might not have heard of Him yet.
It’s amazing what can happen when you’re able to fully embrace what you’re good at and use it to make a difference in the world around you. That’s something that Dr Darren Morton is also doing with his special skills — you can read more about that with the launch of his book Live More Happy on page 10 of this issue. So what are you doing this month to share your skills with the world? Share it with us at www.facebook.com/NNSWAdventists!
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One of the best things about helping other people is that there’s no age limit to getting involved and lending a hand. Providing assistance for others can involve grand gestures, but it can also be seen in the small, everyday things we do. When you think about it, so many of us are really blessed with what we have.
The Bible reminds us in Hebrews 13:16, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” It also tells us to not only look out for our own interests, but the interests of others (Philippians 2:4) and that helping others is what pure religion is about (James 1:27).
Our main feature this month is about the Cooranbong Community Services Centre and its team of volunteers, most of whom are retirees. The work they do is amazing and it has a far-reaching impact. I was inspired by talking with the centre’s President and meeting some of the volunteers. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged by what you read about them in this issue of The Upside!
We’ve also got a couple of feature articles about prayer in this issue, in part because the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northern New South Wales is hosting a prayer conference in March (9 to 11 — visit http://nnsw.adventist.org.au/events for more details). We hope you’ll be blessed by these stories too!
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Can you believe it’s December already? Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like this year has flown by. I don’t feel ready to think about presents or cooking or decorating trees or singing carols (even though carols have been played in the shops since at least November). But I’m sure it’ll work out, one way or another — sometimes a simple Christmas is best.
People often complain about the consumeristic aspects of Christmas, noting — legitimately, really — that the true reason for the season has been obscured by a frenzy of gifting, eating and holidaying. Of course, it’s great to be able to share food and fellowship with friends and family. They’re a huge blessing. But without Jesus at the heart of our Christmas season, we can miss out on the biggest blessing of all.
In this issue of The Upside, we’ve got a Christmas craft for your kids (pages 14 and 15), some Christmas recipe inspiration and a competition (page 13). There’s also a feature about how you can make a difference with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency this Christmas (page 3). We hope it inspires you to think about what you can do to share the blessings you’ve had in your life with others and radiate God’s love, which is a particularly beautiful thing to think about at this time of year.
Have a safe, happy and blessed Christmas and New Year. We’ll see you again in February!
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What’s the biggest step outside of your comfort zone that you’ve ever taken in order to help someone else? For some of us, it might have been something dramatic — jumping in at a time of crisis to avert disaster or save a life — but for others, it might have been something as seemingly simple as befriending new people and caring for them in times of trouble.
The exciting thing about helping people is that it’s not limited to dramatic, epic moments. It can be done anywhere and at any time.
In this issue of The Upside, we’ve got a story about changed lives that are now changing lives (“Planting SEEDS in Newcastle,” page 4). In addition to that, a SEEDS Pack for a Purpose mission trip member shares their experience of what it was like going on their first service trip (“A first time for everything,” page 6).
We hope you’re inspired by what you read and can think of new, exciting ways you can impact others’ lives for good.
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As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, we have so many more opportunities to get outside and make the most of it! In this issue of The Upside, we’ve got some great tips for full-body fitness, a healthy Spring recipe, part one of a guide to coping with loss and grief (better mental health), a fascinating report on the correlation between attending an Adventist school and having a healthy BMI, plus how fitness and faith can be a perfect… well… fit.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long history of involvement in having a wholistic approach to health.
We want people to have healthy minds, bodies and relationships. But it can be easy to lose balance in the world we inhabit — just think about how easy it is to be a workaholic. There’s so much to jam in to each 24-hour day, but what does your priority list look like? How are you making your life more balanced?
Maybe this issue of The Upside will help give you some new ideas.
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Have you ever been hungry? I mean really, really hungry — you’ve had that gnawing feeling in your stomach, heard it grumble, maybe you’ve felt faint and unable to focus? This is something an increasing number of Australians experience regularly due to food insecurity.
It’s sad that we have a problem like this in a country that’s as blessed as ours is, but it’s the reality for many Aussies. However, there are people who are busy providing assistance in this space. You can read about what several Adventist churches in northern New South Wales are doing to help people in their communities on Pages 4 to 6.
These food ministries are not only feeding people, but building friendships and faith. It’s an amazing opportunity and — best of all — it’s something you can get involved in too! Read on to find out more.
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We’re never too young or too old to get involved in fostering positive social change. It can take many forms, from grand gestures to small, everyday things. But making a difference in the lives of people around us — and further afield — helps to make the world a better place.
In this issue of The Upside, we find out about how a 96-year-old retirement village resident has inspired staff and others to achieve more, challenging themselves and assumptions others have (Page 7).
We also speak with Kylie Stacey and Tanya Lawrence, who tell us more about a life-changing Ride4Rescue event. Kylie also shares her tips for getting your kids involved in serving others (Page 6).
Of course, there’s much more than this — read on to explore what August’s Upside has to offer!
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