Fresh Hope – 17th May 2017

Several years ago, there was a new fad around whereby all ladies were encouraged to get their ‘colours done’. Women were being trained like there was no tomorrow, to become ‘colour advisors’ and then opening their homes so that you could go and get your ‘colour reading’. I have to say that I was very skeptical and initially saw it as a money making racket.

It wasn’t before too long that my wife insisted that she should go and have hers done, and off she went.

The idea was quite simple. You sat down in front of a mirror for an hour during which the host would drape every single colour known to man around your neck area and then show you in the mirror the different effects that each colour had on your complexion. Once your session was finished, you were told what your skin tone was and then presented with a plastic wallet containing swatches of all the colours that you could now wear.

When Gillian arrived home that night, she took me through the procedure and then ventured to empty half her wardrobe. Her new revelation meant that the colour of many of her clothes were not on her colour chart!

As I watched this exercise unfolding, I too became aware that what she had been told was true. Certain colours didn’t suit her skin tone, whereas others broughy¬†her face alive.

You’ve guessed it…I ended up going myself too!

It was one of the most painful and uncomfortable nights of my life. Sitting in front of a mirror for a whole hour with a multitude of different coloured scarves around my neck. Yet, the revelation was amazing. I had wondered for years why certain clothes made me look completely washed out. I’d put it down to being tired, but in fact it was all to do with my skin tone.

The lady announced to me that my tone was winter and then gave me my trusty colour chart, which I still refer to to this day. No matter what I buy to wear nowadays, I know instinctively whether it’s going to suit me or not. The colour chart never lies.

Each of us have a different category of skin tone, and depending on your tone, it will decide for you what will and won’t suit you.

In much the same way, we all have a certain ‘skin tone’ when it comes to our gifts and talents. I could never figure out why I couldn’t succeed at doing certain things when others could do them quite naturally. I was forever frustrated at my lack of ability in certain areas. It became apparent that I was ‘wired’ for certain things, but outside of that I would never succeed. The key was to establish what gifts God had blessed me with, and then to be comfortable only in those areas in my life. I now realise that the things that I couldn’t succeed in and left me feeling frustrated, should be left to those that are blessed with those gifts and vice versa.

Don’t spend the rest of your life working on the things that you are useless at, as you’ll never make a go of them, instead, spend your time working on the things that suit your ‘colour tone’ and you’ll soon realise how effective you can become.

Right now, be honest with yourself as to what roles suit you best and what roles you are least likely to be good at.

The list should have no more than five things on it. Most people make the mistake of wanting to be brilliant at 25 things, but that’s not going to happen.

My colour chart is limited, but it’s meant to be. It tells me that my best colours are reds, blues and blacks, with a smattering of purple, grey and even yellow and one very specific brown.

Apart from that, I know it’s best to stay away from all others. They will never suit me…but they may look amazing on you.

From now on, wear what suits you most.

1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-6 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed…There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Pastor Mark

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