Fresh Hope – Day 316

My work started today with trudging through all the countless emails that I had accumulated over the weekend.

I can assure you that the vast majority were nothing to do with necessity, urgency, problems, encouragement or popularity, but to do with just one word – JUNK.  

Every day we all have to sift through all the junk mail that comes to us in a modern world, knowing that we can’t afford to miss that one email that we were waiting or hoping for. 

I had a friend that was so fed up with the amount of emails that he received on a daily basis, that he would ignore them for as long as possible, and then delete the whole lot…important ones as well. 

I soon learnt that the only way to communicate with him by email, was to send at least 3 identical messages, all with the title ‘URGENT‘ in bold capitals.

Occasionally it would grab his attention and I’d get a reply!

Being continually bombarded by junk mail is no different in many ways to the amount of ‘junk thoughts’ that enter our minds every day. 

I wonder how many thoughts you have had to sift through just to start the day off today?

How many of us have found some pretty horrendous things coming into out minds, even before we got out of bed?

The key is, just like with your emails, to quickly deal with the junk and delete it without reading it. Don’t even open it – as you know it will only want you to give it your attention. 

Be ruthless with your thoughts. 

Don’t attach any importance whatsoever to the junk thoughts. 

Remember, you’re not the only one getting them as they are being sent out to millions of people all at the same time hoping that they will gain someone’s attention. Decide it’s not going to be you. 

Press delete now.  

Don’t flag them for later.

Don’t believe what the subject says.

Bin them before they bin you. 

Amongst all of the chit-chat that going on inside of your head right now, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you clearly above the noise of everything else. 

Don’t mistakenly delete His ‘mail’ to you…that’s the one that you need to read today.

Romans 12:1-2 (Message version) ‘…So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.’

Pastor Mark

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