Fresh Hope – 14th June 2016

If we’re honest, we all tend to gravitate to where we are most comfortable.

We continually wear those old slippers, even though we have brand new ones in the cupboard.

We play it safe in the kitchen, as we continually roll out those old trusty recipes, year after year.

We may have several options of chairs to sit on in the lounge, but it’s almost guaranteed that you will have claimed your right to sit in your favourite one, and woe betide anyone that dares to take it from you.

You can even move house and live in a new area, but still have our old thinking and take our old habits with us. The house may be new bit we still decorate it with what we are most comfortable with.

Our tendency to want to keep going back to the familiar is often a trait that will keep us from experiencing new things that God may want to bring to our lives too.
I’m convinced that you would surprise even yourself if you broke out of the mould of the same old, well worn patterns of living.

I tend to stick to the familiar when it comes to decorating, whereas Gillian is always looking for and willing to try a new look.

I decorated our bedroom some time back and she insisted that we should go for a particular wallpaper. I argued that it wouldn’t look right, solely based on the fact that it was something different for us.

Like any good husband, I went for her suggestion and ended up admitting that the finished job completely transformed our bedroom.

How many of us are missing out on a life transformation, simply because we can’t pull ourselves away from the comfortable and the familiar?

If you want something different you have to do something different.

If you want to be someone different then you have to open yourself up to new possibilities in order to experience life transformation.

If I told you that Jesus held the key to becoming the new you, you may of course reject that as nonsense or simply as something that you don’t believe would suit you; but how do you know if you’ve never tried it?

Open up your heart today and get ready to change.

Yesterday, I was told of a lady that started to attend our church a couple of years ago. She had decided that it was time to change and reinvent her life. She wrote down 12 things that she wanted to accomplish in the not-too-distant future, one of which was to attend church, maybe once a month. She describes the first day that she came, and describes being overwhelmed by the love and the atmosphere.

She came the following week and felt so inspired that she has missed only three times in two years!

It appears that the other 11 things that she wanted to accomplish became unimportant as she took this brave and bold new step towards God.

Why not take a pattern out of her book today, and promise yourself to put at the top of your list… a quest after God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!

Pastor Mark

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