Photo was taken at Priest’s Leap, near Bantry, West Cork (Irl)

‘Cow Jam!’ This photo was taken at the Priests Leap near Bantry in West Cork and it also has got it’s own spiritual message.
Most cities have to deal with traffic jams but in places like West Cork you may have to deal with cow jams too! These cows were in no rush out of the way during the week and how right they were!

It has been well documented how we rush and race everywhere. If there isn’t time to slow down, we miss the heartbeat of life, we miss what’s really important, we miss all the simple and beautiful moments. The beauty of today just slips us by.

Does every moment of every day have to be so busy? Of course not. The cows on the road remind us of the importance of a quieter pace in the midst of busyness. Quiet time and quiet moments are good for our soul. Only we we can make them happen. Psalm 46:10 sums it up best: “Be still and know that I am God.”

Thought For The Week

“If your legs are tired, run with your heart” ~Tobias Heinze

 Like many people I found myself glued to the television watching the European Athletics from Rome last week. But on Wednesday evening the women’s 400-meter relay race was the icing on the cake. The Irish team of Sophie Becker, Rhasidat Adeleke, Phil Healy and Sharlene Mawdsley did us all proud winning silver and recording an Irish National record of three minutes and 22.71 seconds.

These women will be such a positive influence on so many of our younger generations. After the race their smiles, enthusiasm and energy during the interviews touched us all. The race is made up of a team of four and each athlete completes one 400m lap each before handing over the baton to the next player.

It could be easy to overlook the handing over. There is no room for error. If you drop the baton your race is over. It reminds me of all the good things we hand over to each other and how important they are. We hand over beautiful values like love, respect, kindness, faith, hope, courage, resilience, light, determination, peace and so much more.

It is important we hand these on to those who are important in our lives. We don’t do it on our own, we do it together. It is teamwork. When you are part of a team you feel valued, respected and loved. Jesus was also very much into teamwork. Nobody was to be excluded. Nobody was to be left out. We continue this teamwork today as best we can. We all have a part to play in handing on so many beautiful values. Our world desperately needs these values. You are part of the team too. Finally a huge congratulations to all our Irish athletes who have done us so proud in recent days.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday