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Have you ever watched the film Horton Hears a Hoo? It's a Dr Zeus book, which was made into a film starring the voice talent of Jim Carrey - who played a happy elephant who discovered Hooville on a tiny speck, on a flower. And he heard what nobody else heard - the noise of the people of Hooville shouting "We are here, we are here, we are here!"

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I’m sure you have met some people who build you up. Or those people who do quite the opposite and to all they can to tear you down and squash you. I’ve worked under both sorts of bosses and the one thing that I still find a little curious is that the types of people who do all they can to make you as low as possible; who go out of their way to make you feel utterly terrible still express such consternation when they don’t get you performing very well.

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In life, we all face our own challenges and difficulties. And, although we can empathise with other people and their problems, whether we have been through similar experiences or not, no one can be in our situations for us.

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When you’re broken down you want to see a recovery truck. When you’re broken down physically you want to see a doctor and a hospital. When you’re broken down spiritually or emotionally, you want a compassionate person who looks like they have something of their life in good order. It’s easy to only want to speak out, and to hear, nice and positive things. We all like that, and we all need that.

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Crutches can be a hindrance to getting on with life, easily. However, if you’ve broken your leg, it is a necessity to enable you to walk, while your leg heals. Christians can be negatively accused of using our relationship with Jesus, or our choice to become a Christian, as some sort of ultra-negative thing. As a Christian, I’m happy to state that I lean on Jesus more than I’ve ever leaned on any other crutches in my life.

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It’s so encouraging when we can advise someone, or help them, and see a burden lifted from their shoulders. It could be as simple as lending someone a phone, or giving them a life. Perhaps we take them a meal or two when they’re ill, or even just moving house, so they don’t have to think about preparing a meal for themselves. It can be so very simple, easy and straightforward to help others.

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It’s easy to shut a door, or close a window, without it actually working. My grandfather once, because he was so busy concentrating on leaving for a holiday, actually was in a taxi, being driven to the airport, when he realised he had lost his keys. When the taxi had popped back for him, he found the keys! They were in the front door, with the door wide open. It’s easy to think we’ve done something we haven’t.