Reflection for January 2016 on the theme Be Courageous

June reflection – Celebrating God’s creation

Jill Clarke

By Jill Clarke

Jill has been one of GBI’s Vice Patrons since 2002.  She has served GB faithfully for many years being GB Asia & Pacific Chairman (1992 –1998) and GB International President (1998 – 2002).

Kind – the dictionary says is – doing good, sympathetic, gentle, tender, merciful, loving, showing compassion.

The Bible says all those things, plus – a friendly attitude towards others.


In Colossians 3 v12 – 15 we read:

“Since God chose you to be the Holy people whom He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

You must make allowance for each others faults and forgive the person who offends you.

Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is Love that binds us together in perfect harmony.


Sometimes I am sure we find all that hard to do.

But as we strive to be more and more like Christ, His Holy Spirit will surely help us to achieve this.


When we think of Celebrating God’s Creation, we should all be doing our best to keep His Creation as He made it.

God said as He completed His work – ‘He saw that it was good’.

If God looked down on His creation today would he still say ‘it was good’?

I think not.

Mankind has not done a very good job of caring for God’s creation.

But we can all make a conscious effort to, first of all,


Reduce the things we buy to basic needs

Re –Use every item we can

Recycle items for a further use


We have become a world of ‘throw away’ mentality. We see so much waste going on all around us, particularly in affluent countries.

I am very sure this is not the way Christ would have us live.

As Christians we should present to the world around us qualities of Kindness, Self-control, Integrity, Compassion, Humility, Endurance, Peace, Joy and Love.

If the whole world could take on these attributes what a different place it would be!

I send you my Love

Jill Clarke. CNZM

GB International Patron

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