Fresh Hope – 5th November 2018

I’m sitting writing today in one of the local coffee shops that I find lends itself to inspiration.

It’s pretty cold outside and there’s a large notice on the door asking customers to make sure that the door is closed behind them. It literally takes no more than a minute to suck out all the warm air inside the shop once the door is open.

Over the past three hours, I have personally had to get up and close the door a couple of times. Other customers have done the same. Then there’s the staff that have had to walk from their positions with a look that says it all. I’ve lost count as to how many times the door has been left open, but at one stage I could feel myself wanting to shout out…’will you please close the door!’

The question today is not one of cold and heat in the physical sense, but is one of how much you are leaving yourself vulnerable and out in the cold, simply because you can’t be bothered to close the door.

Are you keeping the door wide open in terms of your relationships? Are you to scared to wait for Mr. or Mrs. Right, so you end up keeping your options open for Mr. or Mrs. Anyone?

Are you contemplating taking that higher salary or that next level opportunity, but at what cost? More money but no life, family, friends or Church? That’s a pretty cold move, and one that you could end up regretting if the only motivation is financial.

There are certain non-negotiables that you should have in life, and it is these that you should keep the door firmly closed on – if you don’t, your life is quickly going to go cold.

Ask yourself some searching questions today that will help you understand what keeps your life warm.

When you or anyone else opens the door on those, make sure you get up and shut the door as quickly as possible.

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Pastor Mark

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