Fresh Hope – 14th December 2018

I was aiming to decorate our dining room around this time last year. I must admit that I’ve always found that Christmas gives you a greater focus in order to get those pressing jobs done. Needless to say, my wife was also helping me to stay focused too, as she reminded me that that particular room was last painted ten years ago! I have to admit that I failed miserably.

With the passing of yet another twelve months, I decided that this was it. The time was now. Wallpaper was chosen and in the last week I’ve set to work with every spare moment I have.

As I write today, I’m still only half way through and in less than two weeks the whole family will be descending on us for Christmas day. There is no choice but to have the room completely ready.

Yesterday, in order to get everything I needed to finish, I popped into the decorators centre in order to get some grey paint. Nowadays you can literally take a swatch of the colour you want to match and they will scan it and produce the right combination of paints in order to get the exact colour that you require.

I was amazed to find that in order to get what I thought was a plain grey, there were actually five different colours that had to be added in order to get the perfect match.

“Can’t I just buy a tin of grey paint off the shelf?”, I asked. To which the reply came back, “no, not if you want to produce the exact colour that you want.”

I have to admit that the process was fascinating as I watched reds and greens going into a pure white paint pot. After a couple of minutes and with the paint mix being shaken up on a special machine, the lid was prized open and hey presto…perfectly matched grey paint!

The question today is this…do you want a run of the mill, ‘off the shelf’ kind of life that will never stand out, or do you want a life that is matched perfectly to what God has for you?

I’m sure that you’d admit that you would like to live a significant life, but are you prepared to live through the process that it takes? No process – no progress. No progress – no success.

I could have bought an ‘off the shelf’ tin of paint for probably half the price that I paid, but it would have never have matched or been what I really wanted. The process of being changed into what God wants for your life is never easy and it certainly costs, but the results will be outstanding.

I challenge you today to think of the life of any person that is admired and making a difference in this world; you will discover that they’ve had to go through a lot of changes and processes to get there. Be careful that you don’t just become a person that looks on from a distance and says that you want what they’ve got, without first considering if you are willing to go through what they went through in order to get there.

Don’t just be content to live an ‘off the shelf’ kind of life, instead allow God to shake you up and take you through some challenges in order to change you and prepare you to live a life of significance.

Romans 5:3-5 ‘…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.’

Pastor Mark

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