Fresh Hope – 6th November 2018

Under coach John Wooden, the UCLA basketball team won the US national championship for seven straight years.

At the start of each season, he would sit his team down in their locker room and, for a long time – a very long time – they would learn how to put on their socks!

“…Check the heel area. We don’t want any signs of a wrinkle about it…the wrinkle will be sure you get blisters, and those blisters are going to make you lose playing time…”

The lesson wasn’t really about blisters or playing time, it was about doing the basics right, taking care of the details, looking after yourself correctly and being humble enough to sort the small stuff.

So often, we overlook the small details that really matter.

As I write, we are just embarking on the mammoth task of preparing 10,000 Christmas boxes for our local community.

Inside each box are some goodies and an invitation to our ‘Champion carols and Christmas village’.

Hours of planning have already gone into this event on Sunday 9th December*

To the average person coming through the gates, the village will appear to have just magically landed on the one acre site of our church car park, but I know different. The smallest of details have all had to be worked on, so that the magic and sparkle will be evident to all…especially the children.

Seemingly inconsequential stuff, if overlooked, will be a ‘wrinkle’ that will end up giving us ‘blisters’ when the crowds roll in.

To me, the smallest details, even in how the bow is tied on the base of the huge Christmas tree is important.

Life itself is made of many small details that many of us overlook, failing to realise the importance of doing little things really well.

If you only ever look to make a huge impact with your life, then I encourage you to work on the small details first; from there on in, you will build a reputation that will take you far beyond your wildest dreams.

Luke 16:10-12 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

*Tickets for ‘Champion Carols’ including the Christmas village and the all new grotto for 2018 are NOW on sale.

Order your tickets online https://www.championschurch.org.uk/carols/ 

Or call 01384 457923

Please note that there are 2 identical service options that include the village and grotto – 12noon and 5pm

Pastor Mark

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