Christian Comment: Thoughts on Jesus


Have you had a role model who has influenced your life for the good? Who looks to you and models themselves on you for the good?

God has provided us not only a Savior, but a living role model in Jesus Christ. With patience and loving guidance, Jesus, the exact image of God, models for us a new way of living. He shows us what it is to be fully human, loving, patient, kind, not self-centred nor hurtful, never delighting in evil, willing to risk wisely, to protect and persevere, always focussed on honouring God.

In our journey through life and faith, we follow in each others’ footprints for good or ill. Jesus’s footsteps are big, clear, firmly set and truth-filled. If we choose to model ourselves on him, we will not be disappointed. His Spirit* will ever be a constant companion and source of strength throughout life and beyond.

Rev Shirley Barker-Kirby Presbyterian Minister

*Infinite too

From  Christian Comment as published in the Gisborne Herald on Sat 1st November 2014

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Submitter’s Note:

I came across this this excellent and inspirational piece of writing in the Gisborne Herald newspaper. Shirley’s thoughts (words) on Jesus touched and inspired me and I hope, I trust they may do  the same in your life too.

So am sharing in that spirit.


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ABOUT c the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. and from and Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) Paperbacks (see and"craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE and All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand