Fresh Hope – Day 336

For years now we have paid a small insurance premium on our washing machine, mainly due to us being stung on numerous occasions when it broke down.

Paying to have it fixed became a financial burden at what always seemed to be the most inconvenient times in the year.

Four weeks ago, our washing machine, after serving us well for 10 years finally gave up the ghost, and an engineer came out to sign its death certificate.

“The insurance company will now pay out for you to have a new one”, he said.

“Great”, I said, not realising that that was to be the case.

After several long phone calls and days of humbly asking others to help with our washing, we eventually were told that we would now be getting the promised replacement and issued me with the model number.

Not wanting to sound ungrateful, whilst at the same time adding up how much we paid out in insurance for ten years, I flatly refused the offer, stating that I could buy the suggested washer from my local Argos, which meant it was just a bog standard machine.

“I’m not willing to accept it” I told them, which now meant I would have to wait another few days to re-negotiate and get them to agree.

Yesterday, after another 20 minute phone call, I was asked…”well want do you want?” I was bold enough to tell them that I wanted the best, one that will last and one that will do everything that I need it to do, after all, “we’ve paid enough insurance over the years to buy it twice over”, I said.

In two days time I, or should I say my wife, gets the washing machine that she wanted.

I didn’t demand something that I was not entitled to, I just refused something that I believed to be second or even third best, and politely, yet firmly, asked for what I believed was rightfully mine.

As I’m sure you know, this is not about washing machines, but a challenge to all of us who are willing to accept far less than God’s best for our lives.

How often do we bow to the first thing that comes our way, feeling that we should humbly accept it?

How many of us are living in the land of second best, simply because we couldn’t be bothered to push through to gain what was rightfully ours?

Anyone can settle for second rate living, but it takes a certain amount of boldness to push through to live in your promised land.

When Jesus spoke of prayer, He Illustrated it by saying that we should be bold enough to ask what we want and never give up.

I know that it sounds humble to accept anything and everything that comes your way, and to only ask for the minimum, but Jesus didn’t say that.

There are times in all of lives when we need to realign our thinking, our actions and our prayers with what Jesus said to do.

Be humbly bold enough today to ask for what’s rightfully yours.

Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Pastor Mark

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