Fresh Hope – Day 315

I’m quite handy when it comes to DIY and have, over the years, been willing to try my hand at most things.

I was taught how to do plumbing by a friend of mine, and tried to teach myself how to do electrics, that was until I gave myself one too many shocks and nearly blew someone else out of their shoes in the process.

Owning our first house meant that there was always some pretty major stuff to do, and the order of the day was to do it as quickly and cheaply as possible, even though the end result was never perfect and rarely lasted more than a couple of years. 

As I look back over my DIY days, I realise that a change has taken place, as I now approach things with a view to make sure that the finished job is 100% and that it will stand the test of time. 

The big difference in this change is all in the amount of time taken in preparation. The more thorough the preparation, the better and more lasting the finished product will be. 

Someone once said that the longest journey between two points is a short cut. 

No matter what we do in life, the same principle applies. 

Oven chips and microwave pies will always taste average, so if you want an exquisite meal then you have to put in the hours of preparation, or pay someone else to do so at a good restaurant. 

All these practical life lessons can stand us in good stead for the character preparation that’s needed, if we too are going to stand the test of time. Life is not about how fast you can sprint for a few short paces, but it’s about being able to cross the finishing line at the end of the marathon. 

Stop trying to get everywhere too quickly in order to become an overnight success – believe me, it won’t last. 

Take pride in the preparation of your life, understanding that God’s preparation is both thorough and often lengthy, but He does it knowing that He wants you to succeed for the long haul of your destiny. 

I have often seen people that are highly gifted spring up over night, with much adulation, only to find them quickly disappearing because their character couldn’t sustain them where the gift had taken them. 

Don’t just live to get to your destination…enjoy the journey. 

Romans 5:3-5′…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.’

Pastor Mark

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