Fresh Hope – 24th November 2017

Once, a young guy observed a man in his eighties planting an apple orchard. The old man lovingly and painstakingly prepared the soil, planted the tiny saplings and watered them. After watching for a while, the young man said, “you don’t expect to eat apples from those trees do you?” “No”, the old man replied, “but somebody will”.

As I get older, the more I realise that my actions today will either help or hinder all those that are following on behind me. How often do we have an attitude that just wants to please ourselves? We live in a day whereby it seems like for most people that as long as it’s not hurting anyone else then ‘it’s ok for me to do it.’ When you think about it, it’s a totally backwards way of living. What we should be saying is: “how can I ensure that what I’m doing today is going to help everyone else around me and behind me?”

The decisions, plans and even the culture you are building into your life and that of your family can literally shape the generations to come.

Living a life of integrity may seem old fashioned nowadays, but anything less will always come back to bite you.

When you serve people and influence them positively, you literally create a chain of impact that can outlive you.

Some people want to put restrictions on themselves according to their talent, intelligence, or experience. Others worry about their age. But with God, one person can always make a difference, regardless of circumstances or situation.

When Jesus fed the five thousand, a little boy provided the food for the miracle. When Noah was six hundred years old, he provided a boat for the miracle.

You’re never too old or too young to make a difference, and it’s never too late to start.

Make a difference today and change a generation tomorrow.

Pastor Mark

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