Fresh Hope – Day 31

Gillian takes her mom food shopping each week.

 

There are always stories to tell after one of my wife’s adventures to the shopping mall.

 

Last weeks adventure with Alice did not disappoint.

 

Alice was given strict instructions to make her way to Starbucks as Gillian had to pop into the Bank.

 

Alice went missing…

 

I received a call telling me the good news. Oops

 

I suggested that maybe she had gone to the disabled toilet in M&S, but after a thorough search, she was nowhere to be found. To make matters worse, she had also been left with our youngest Grandson…

 

Eventually, after a frantic 15 minutes she was found in Costa Coffee, in a somewhat different location to the one mentioned.

 

As Gillian approached the scene, Alice began to say how nicely surprised she was at how Starbucks had completely refurbished the whole store since she was there last week.

 

Eventually, the large coffee shop sign told its own story. She was lost and was totally oblivious that she was in completely the wrong place.

 

Funny now. Not then.

 

Being lost is a serious matter, but being lost and not knowing it is even more so.

 

On this the last Sunday of 2014 and as we quickly approach the end of another year, ask yourself these 4 simple, yet profound questions;

 

Am I sitting comfortably in the WRONG place?

 

Have I ignored all the warning signs offered to me this year to help guide me to the right place?

 

Am I happy being lost or am I just oblivious that where I’m headed is not where I should be going?

 

Am I willing to take a long hard look at my surroundings and ask myself… is this where I’m intending to be?

 

Don’t just go with the crowd in 2015.

 

Don’t just swim with the tide.

 

Don’t just make yourself comfortable half way to where you should be.

 

Don’t settle until you can honestly say… this is where I’ve been looking for.

 

Matthew 7:13-14: ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’

 

Pastor Mark

 

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