Fresh Hope – 28th June 2017

James Michener said he had a neighbour whose tree had stopped producing apples. So he hammered rusty nails around the trunk and that year he got his greatest crop of apples ever. He said ‘hammering those nails in was a shock to the tree and was a reminder to it that its job was to produce apples.’ Unscientific, maybe, but it worked.

Michener explained how heart bypass surgery, hip surgery and a bout with vertigo were like nails God hammered into the trunk of his life. It got his attention. Realising that he wasn’t going to live forever he got busy, and in five years, he wrote 11 books, including best sellers.

What pain are you going through today? Why not seize it as an opportunity to step up to a new and more productive level in your life?

Losing a job that you felt you were good at can force us to discover untapped talents that we didn’t know we had. The loss of some physical capacity can push us to develop other ways of being an inspiration to others that come our way. Having to let go of some of our material comforts can move us to simplify our lives.

Harold Sala says…’let’s face it, when those rusty nails get hammered in we take notice and our lives become more productive. When you get a ‘wake up’ call from God, it is His way of allowing us to get a jolt to get on with living the life that He has for us.’

Hebrews 12:11-13 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Pastor Mark

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