Fresh Hope – 17th June 2016

I was watching a TV programme a couple of nights ago and was fascinated by a couple that had spent every week since they got married, more than 40 years ago, traveling to a car park near the runway of Heathrow airport just to plane spot.
Now, I have to admit that that would be a great day out for me too, but not every week for 40 years!

As they sat in the car with a packed lunch and binoculars in hand, the lady described in great detail how she looked forward to sitting there all day, every week and if she felt low or was having a bad week she would insist that they travel to their favourite car park, as a pick-me-up.

She spoke of how the overhead planes made her dream of going to far away destinations, and that they gave her a tonic just thinking about them where they were heading.

The sad thing about the whole interview was in the fact that this couple had never travelled much further, or so it seemed, from the car park.

The car park that was meant for parking your car, in order to travel to your destination, had in fact become their Barbados.

Watching others travel had become a form of transportation in their own minds.

I couldn’t help but think with sadness, of how that happens on a daily basis in many people’s minds, as they only ever think about, and watch others do incredible things with their lives, yet without ever leaving the car park of their own disabling thoughts.

In a way, I became that person just this week as I was warning our eldest son Joshua about travelling to watch England play in France. The reports of violence were stirring me to warn him several times to not only be careful, but to even consider not going.

I watched, as I’m sure that you did, the very same match without ever moving from the safety and comfort of my arm chair. However, the difference was that he had experienced the real atmosphere of the winning game, whilst I just looked on in my pretend stadium called ‘the lounge’.

It becomes so easy to let life pass us by without going anywhere and achieving nothing, because we fear moving from our comfort zone that was never meant to be our destination.

Identify today, anything that you feel is keeping you from the limitless skies of your destiny. Stop merely dreaming of those plans that you wish for and instead get up and start to make them a reality.

Many years ago, I dreamed of going to Seattle. I didn’t even know where it was or how to get there at the time and when I asked God 10 years later why He had not taken me there, He simple spoke into my heart the words…’because you never made a plan’. Ouch!

From that moment, I not only made a plan for myself, but also for my wife and three children, and 12 months later we were there.

Proverbs 26:13-15
Loafers say, “It’s dangerous out there! Tigers are prowling the streets!” and then pull the covers back over their heads. Just as a door turns on its hinges, so a lazybones turns back over in bed. A shiftless sluggard puts his fork in the pie, but is too lazy to lift it to his mouth.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 and 6 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Pastor Mark

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