1:25 PM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

In 2015 Kim and I decided we could use some fitness so we started cross-fit. 12 months later & I could count on my hands the number of sessions I had done. The fact that I didn't enjoy it and had to push myself every session, depleted my drive. More noticeable was the fact I didn't have any real goals.
Well in 2016 we had a renewed effort on the fitness front but this time it was running. Armed with a free app we attempted to go from couch to 5km in 13 weeks and I am pleased to say we both achieved the goal. In December we completed a number of 5km Parkruns and improved our times over a month. I know I will stop running if I don't have a goal, so I set one, to run 5km in 20 minutes which is 6 minutes faster than my best time. To do this I need to be training constantly and eating well. Another free app I have helps me to track my food habits and its interesting to note the useless kilojoules I have a habit of eating so I am cutting down on these and finding it simple as I have a goal to achieve.
The key to doing anything well is goal setting, I have goals within the ministry, my walk with God and have been challenged to write a goal for my relationships, particularly with Kim and the kids. 
We are all time poor and recently I heard a SAS soldier saying that he exercises at 4:00 am every morning because there is nobody around to disturb him. He has a great point, if we wait to fit exercise into our day we won't have room, so I set the alarm for 5:00am (I am no SAS soldier) and go for a run every second day. Then I read 4 chapters of the bible and pray. By the time 8:00am comes around I am ready to start my day and feel so much better for it.
Interestingly the more I do and the greater my self-discipline, the more rewarding my days are. To be active is one of the secrets to a fulfilled life.



10:51 AM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

Psalm 72 shows us what can change in a nation when moral economics overcomes corruption.

A nation plagued with corruption, is a nation where the people will never prosper. Leaders have an opportunity to create an environment where all people of the nation are able to increase their living standards.

The writer pleads with God to help him be a King that acts with justice and righteousness. The results of a righteous leadership, the mountains bear prosperity for the people. How often does the wealth of the land assist a few people and the majority live in poverty? The good news is that when the moral standard of a society grows, the economy of the nation will also grow.

An African proverb says that there is no justice between a rich man and a poor man. These things will change when values change. Money can be more important than everything else in a person's life, causing it to become a master over that person. When this is the case moral values decline, as people do anything they can to store up wealth. The same person can choose to put God first and love their neighbour as themselves, placing money in its rightful place as a tool used by a person to answer the needs of life.

Sending aid to poor nations is like covering an infection with a band-aid, unless the wound is clean and the infection dealt with, no long term change will occur. That's why we need to build an influential church that disciples national leaders into becoming all they can be in Christ.

When a government has a system that is just and fair for all, other nations will want to trade with them and show friendship. Food becomes abundant and the people flourish. Please pray with us that leaders of the African nations increase in justice and righteousness, that God provides discipleship to them through faithful people.

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