I have been reading a book called 'If I could tell you just one thing' which is a collection of interviews with famous people who share their most valuable pieces of wisdom. I was intrigued by Simon Cowell's number-one piece of advice which is as follows:
'My best advice is listen, listen rather than talk. I was never bright in school but I was a very good listener, and I still am. I have a better life because of it. When I meet people, I'm curious about their story, about how they did what they did. Along the way you meet people smarter than you and they teach you what you don't already know. So I listen to them, take away my little titbits, and off I go......'
When I read this I sensed that he was speaking divine wisdom! Simon Cowell's words echo many of the verses in the book of Proverbs. This is just one of them from chapter 12 verse 15:
'The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.'
And again in the New Testament book of James:
'My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.'
In reflecting on Simon Cowell's words and more importantly the words of Scripture I am struck about how quick I can be to judge others without listening to them first. And also how I can be more focused on getting across what I want to say rather than waiting to listen to what others say. A challenge for me, and maybe for you, is to not quickly pass judgement on another but to listen well to others and to learn from them.
Below are a couple of good news stories that I wanted to share with you:
Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders
- GCFEO are carrying out an amazing work supporting ex-offenders and their families. We would really encourage you to read their report for 2020 which can be found on our website by clicking here
Trinity Church at Home Season 2
- in recovery stage 2 of the exit from lockdown it indicates that gatherings of up to 30 people can take place inside or outside. Based on this, our plan is to start Season 2 of Trinity Church at Home for this stage. We have a wonderful group of people who have offered their homes to host a gathering and we are very grateful to them. We anticipate that social distancing will need to be in place so the gatherings that can fit in a host's home may be smaller than last year.
Most gatherings will take place on a Sunday morning at 10:30 but there are one or two who meet later in the day on a Sunday. There will be coffee and a simple act of worship including a Trinity talk on video, some discussion and interactive prayer, and a chance to meet people and bring along friends. Trinity Church at home will not replace small groups but will run alongside them.
During last year's lockdown over 200 people gathered for Trinity Church at Home in 15 homes across the Island. If you would like to be involved again or would like to be part of a Trinity Church at Home gathering please email Anna on Anna@trinitygsy.org to register interest and for more details.
You may even like to have your own Trinity at home gathering with family and friends and this is great and we will be able to provide you with resources. Please do let Anna know. We would love all ages to gather together and Emma will have Kid's resources available that can be used as part of Trinity Church at Home.
Trinity Online will be continuing - offering a weekly YouTube service of worship, prayer and teaching and a TrinityKids video as well. There will also continue to be regular devotionals and resource recommendations on Facebook and Instagram.
We will continue to deliver a Trinity Times to those without access to the internet.
With love and prayers
Jon and the Trinity Team