Fresh Hope – 21st April 2016

Have you ever tried to build something, without following the instructions fully? What did you end up with? We can have a tendency to do our own thing sometimes – it’s normal to be impatient but that doesn’t mean that it’s a good habit.

There is a reason that good things take time. There are many things in life that we have to wait for, even if it makes us uncomfortable; great food, couture clothing, cultivating pearls, constructing a building.

Of course, there are quick ways to do almost everything but quick doesn’t always equate to quality.

In Jeremiah 29:11, which is a very famous verse it says… “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

There’s a temptation at times to follow shortcuts, especially when we want something right now. God is definitely in the business of sudden breakthroughs but  greatness takes time.

This isn’t to say that without God, you won’t have a great life but there is ‘good’ and then there’s God’s best. We limit ourselves, when we grow impatient. God is working on your life all of the time. He never sleeps. There are opportunities and breakthroughs coming your way, if only you’ll hold on. Not only that, but when God opens a door for you, nobody can close it.

Building a great life is a process and I know that in my limitations, there’s only so much that I could do. Whose plans are you reading from today?

What a shame it would be to have built myself a little pop-up tent life, when God had been holding the blueprint for a palace, the whole time. Choose a life that is built to last.

Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

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