Fresh Hope – 26th May 2017

I pulled up early this morning at my local coffee shop. As I sat in the car for a few minutes, I watched a mom with her young family getting out of her car, trying her best to gather everyone together, whilst at the same time erecting the pushchair at the back of the car.

Eventually she managed to coordinate the whole family and made her way from the car park to the coffee shop. The stressful process caused her to lose her focus, and without thinking she left the driver’s door wide open.

Being the Good Samaritan, I found the family in the coffee shop and told her what she had done. What was interesting is that she had no idea why she would have done such a thing, however the answer was pretty simple – distraction.

Every day we can easily live distracted lives simply because of the sheer weight of our daily responsibilities.

Living a distracted life not only leads to losing focus in what is important, but equally it leads us to leave certain doors in our lives wide open.

A door left open attracts the attention of intruders.

Imagine for a moment that you get so busy that you let your guard down and the lines of what’s right and what’s wrong get blurred. Some people wouldn’t even dare take a paper clip from the office, but a person with blurred lines would not think twice of taking a whole ream of paper. That person has left the door open and allowed themselves to become what they vowed they never would.

Take an inventory on yourself today and ask what doors are you leaving dangerously open. You may well find yourself judging other people about the very things that you are now doing yourself…and you haven’t even noticed.

Don’t lose sight of what’s important today, just because you’ve been distracted by everyday things. You may not even be busy with work, you may have simply got busy watching too much TV! The effect can be just the same.

Take back control of your daily life and make sure you shut the door before someone steals it from you.

1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

Pastor Mark

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