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THE BENEFITS OF A
DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN R

If you’ve ever wondered how come “some people get all the breaks”, chances are that they take a daily dose of vitamin R.  Perhaps you’ve wondered how some people seem to get so much done? The answer is a daily dose of vitamin R. A daily dose of vitamin R also helps you to lose weight, get better grades, and learn a foreign language quicker! This is because vitamin R improves brain function, physical health, and mental strength. Let me tell you how I discovered the benefits of taking vitamin supplements. A few months ago I had a bit of a health scare and was nearly hospitalised. Doctors decided against it due to the increased risk of contracting covid-19 if hospitalised. But the resultant treatment that I had put some of my internal organs under abnormal stress. To rectify this, I prescribed a daily dose of vitamins (particularly vitamin D). This past week I had another doctor’s appointment to follow up on my recent pathology tests and was advised to increase my daily vitamin intake. It’s only in the last few weeks that I’ve become aware of — and impressed with — the benefit taking a daily dose of vitamin R.

Most vitamins have some side-effects if taken in excess. Before you consider taking vitamin R you should be aware of its side-effects that occur from the outset of taking it. Firstly, it effects your vision. If you take vitamin R you will begin to see problems more often and more clearly. Secondly, it will effect your heart. If you take vitamin R you will begin to feel compassion for those with these problems and feel a growing desire to help them. Thirdly, it effects your attitude. If you take vitamin R you will stop blaming and increasingly begin to welcome criticism as helpful. Fourthly, it effects your tenacity. If you take vitamin R you will begin to stay committed for longer.

 

WHO VITAMIN R IS RECOMMENDED FOR

Vitamin R is recommended for those seeking to be more helpful and productive. It is not recommended for those who like to avoid commitments, sleep in, neglect physical exercise, and spend hours each day on social media or gaming (vitamin R has been known to be completely disruptive to each of these). Clinical trials have conclusively shown that those who start taking vitamin R all begin to feel a sense of pressure – similar to the sensation of a weight being placed on their shoulders. Experts advise that this is perfectly normal and as the daily dose of vitamin R is maintained it soon gives way to a growing feeling of achievement and fulfilment.

 

WHERE TO SOURCE VITAMIN R

Vitamin R is not sold in shops. In fact it is not sold anywhere. But it is ready accessible and freely available for anyone even those not looking for it. A growing number of vitamin R takers tell of how they began taking it by accident and because of its immediate improved wellness outcomes they are now daily vitamin R takers. Once you’ve felt the benefits of taking vitamin R it’s hard to give it up. It’s not taking other vitamins. It doesn’t come in a pill, a capsule, or a tablet. In small doses vitamin R can enter your system when, instead of leaving a dirty dish in the sink, you wash and dry up your dish instead. Vitamin R increases into your soul significantly when you volunteer to help a good cause, such as your local church, for example.  

 

THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF VITAMIN R

The Greatest Exponent of what vitamin R can achieve within a person was the One who introduced vitamin R in small doses to His twelve followers. There initial dose came from simply complying with the request to, “Follow Me.” This they did for some three years or so. After watching Him intently, they then got a larger dose when they were told to, “Go…and proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” And as every example of those who have ever received a near maximum dose of vitamin R bears witness, just before they received their ultimate dose vitamin R they felt two universally common sensations: inadequacy and inability. Yet, as everyone who has received such high doses of vitamin R from the One who gives the ultimate enabling strength found in vitamin R, somehow they were supernaturally enabled to do the very thing they felt both inadequate and unable to do!

Perhaps you could start out trying some small doses of vitamin R. The known benefits of taking on a small responsibility (vitamin R) include: increased commitment leading to the completion of things you commence; finding your place of belonging within a team that needs you (which boosts your mental wellness); increased confidence to do things you never thought you could do; and a growing sense of achievement from being a part of a dedicated group who each carry their responsibility (vitamin R) seriously. 

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Your pastor,

Andrew

Let me know what you think below in the comment section and feel free to share this someone who might benefit from this Pastor’s Desk.

7 Comments

  1. Lex

    Great explanation of the miracle Vitamin R medication.
    Does R stand for Ready to help?
    The only problem and side affect I have found is that I don’t have time to get into trouble.
    Well done

    Reply
    • Jan

      REFRESHING comes from the LORD..?

      You will find REST for your soul…?

      Reply
      • legana

        Jan, perhaps read the last paragraph again. 🙂

        Reply
    • legana

      Lex, vitamin R is explained in the last paragraph. 🙂

      Reply
    • Richard Brunning

      The benefits of Vitamin R come from God every day.
      Monday: Responsibilities ; to Act or do nothing.
      Tuesday: Readyess to help
      Wednesday: Respect for others in attitudes, actions
      words, thoughts.
      Thursday: Radiate the love & joy of knowing Christ.
      Friday:Relieve needs as God brings them to our attention.
      Saturday: Remember all the benefits of Vitamin R.
      Sunday: Rest & Reflect.

      Reply
  2. Alan Harris

    Well said, Andrew!

    Reply
  3. Karen

    That which can frighten and is sometimes avoided, is actually a Vitamin and good for me. Who Knew!?! Thanks Andrew …

    Reply

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LOOKING BEYOND THE MOMENT

home > Pastor's Desk > 2021 > June > LOOKING BEYOND THE MOMENTLOOKING BEYOND THE MOMENT For anyone who is a fan of aviation, the movie Sully (2016) is one you will have probably enjoyed watching. The storyline is biographical drama based on the 2009...

A PICTURE IS PAINTED BY A THOUSAND WORDS

The most difficult challenge you’ll ever have to deal with throughout your life is others. They’ll make you angry, get you frustrated, and hurt you. At the root of these challenges will be miscommunication with others and communication breakdowns. Your ability to understand how language and communication really works could save you from much of this heartache. But the most unrealised — and by far the potentially greatest source of — heartache may eternally shock untold numbers of poor souls when they realise too late that they did not respond to God’s communications.

THE BUSY FOOLS ARGUMENT WITH THE BUSY WISE

What makes our busyness wise busyness? It’s when our busyness is doing what Christ wants for the reasons that He wants it done. It’s when we are busy without neglecting the priorities of spiritual disciplines and our obligations to those we are responsible to and for. This is why, when Christ calls someone to take on a greater responsibility in His Kingdom it is almost certain that they are already busy. I am not at all suggesting that a Christ-follower needs to be frenetic in their busyness for Christ, or that they should never sabbath (two points I have tried to make clear in this Pastor’s Desk by contrasting the busy wise with the busy foolish). But I am hoping that those who have been following and serving Christ for some seasons will recognise the doors of opportunity that Christ will enable them to walk through wisely. And as they do, and we do together, may we begin to see glimpse of the Great Commission being fulfilled in our valley-city.

IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY

“That I may know Him!” Fancy that! The apostle who was struck from his horse by the radiant glory of Christ while on the Persecutor’s Road to Damascus; the apostle whom the resurrected Christ appeared to in a vision and spoke directly to him (Acts 18:9-10); the apostle whom Christ used to raise people from the dead and to heal many people miraculously; and, the apostle who testifies that he was caught up to heaven and saw things too wonderful to reveal — this apostle gets toward the end of his life and states that he doesn’t yet know Christ the way he should! This apostle, the apostle Paul, toward the end of his life begins to see his life and his troubles in the light of eternity. And I am thus assured that in this light many of the problems that we face today will fade from our gaze and vanish as we fix our eyes on the Source of eternity’s Light.

EXCUSE ME

The essence of an excuse is the word, no. If we get invited to a party that we don’t to go to and we make a polite excuse to decline the offer, in essence we are saying “No, I will not come to your party.” This is the gist of the parable that Christ told in Luke 14 about His Father who sent His Son as His Servant to personally invite those who had already received an invitation to come to a great banquet. (It’s interesting how Jesus describes His Father’s heaven as a great banquet.) By saying “No” to the great banquet invitation those who were declining this invitation were saying that they had a better offer. What offer could be better than dining with the Source of Life, Joy, Peace, and Power, as His special guest in His luxurious mansion? What happens next in this parable also says a lot about how God feels when people make excuses to decline His offer to dine.

BELONGING

I’m not sure about you, but one of my great wrestles in becoming more Christlike is that sinful tendency to see my time, my resources, my life as belonging to me. I like to control it. I like to own it. I like to decide what happens and when.

God, in His great grace and wisdom, seems to work in our lives reminding us how little we truly control and that it all truly does belong to Him. So often these reminders come in the way of hardship and loss with the call to surrender ownership and control.

If our Heavenly Father was a despotic God, a cruel, tyrannical God who acted arbitrarily and selfishly for His own ends, knowing we belonged to Him would cause us to tremble and live in fear and apprehension.

But praise Him that this is not our God!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies your with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:2-5

ROOFS AND DRAGONS – THE VALUE OF PLANNING

ROOFS AND  DRAGONS – THE VALUE OF PLANNING
John F. Kennedy once said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”  J.R.R. Tolkien said, “It does not do to leave a live a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one.” Having a plan is generally a strategy that will help us to get things done, or respond correctly when things go wrong. A plan may help us to find a solution and a way through an adverse situation that we are experiencing. A plan also helps us to know what resources we might need for dealing with situations that we can foresee.

When it comes to thinking about the importance of planning, a statement that is worth considering is one that I like to get my Maritime Passage Planning students to contemplate:

‘The best thing about failing to plan, is that disaster comes as a complete surprise that is not preceded by hours or days of stress and worry associated with the planning process.’

SOMETHING FOR SLUGGARDS TO CONSIDER

There are those who look busy but are not very productive. There are those who are busy but are highly productive. Often these people have learned that busy needs to be managed so that their time is focused on maintaining their important relationships, taking regular sabbaths, prioritising the important over the urgent, and cooperating with others. These busy people have learned to recognise God’s open doors and have confidence that the Apostle Paul had that it is God who gives them supernatural energy to toil, struggle and work to get things done when no-one else thought it could be.

WHAT COVID DID TO CHURCHES’ MOMENTUM

The Covid pandemic and its effect upon Churches has caused many church leaders and their teams to reevaluate what it means to be the Church. This leads into some really healthy questions that challenge what many had previously unquestionably accepted as “Church”. What ‘should’ a church do when it meets together for its weekly gathering (especially if it can’t actually ‘gather’)? How should the leaders and members of a church contribute to the issues confronting society and culture? Or should the Church be disengaged from ‘the world’ and treat its Christianity as purely ‘private’ matter between the worshiper and God? What do the ministries within a Church within a church — especially that of an evangelist — look like it the Church can not actually meet due to ongoing Covid lockdowns? Perhaps several of these questions might never have even been asked if it wasn’t for Covid. But one thing is for sure, the answer to these questions can be found within Scripture and the lessons from Church history and require that we prayerfully seek the Spirit’s guidance as we apply the best answers. Perhaps it will be then that we can build some fresh momentum and reach the current and next generation for Christ.

CONSPIRITUAL CONSPIRACIES

This is why we can have great confidence in the accounts given in the Bible. Two of the four evangelists (Matthew and John) who wrote Gospels were eye-witnesses to many of the events they describe – particularly and critically – the resurrection appearances of Christ. Rather than appealing to a “trust me when I tell you…” approach, the Biblical writers of the New Testament invite readers to examine the evidence for themselves and consider carefully what they have presented. They do not present their accounts anonymously or in an only share this after I’ve died memoir approach. When the apostle Paul could say that the physically resurrected Christ was seen by up to 500 people at one time and that most of these people are still alive (1Cor. 15:6), he was inviting verification of the facts that he presented (and we have no record of anyone ever refuting Paul’s claim). This made the claims of Christianity verifiable and it therefore makes the further claims of Christianity about a spiritual new birth testable and verifiable today.

¶ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 20:30-31