Fresh Hope – 18th March 2019

One thing I have found to be true is there’s never enough ice cream! Even after a whole tub of Ben and Jerry’s and feeling sick, I still want more. It doesn’t satisfy that ice cream hole in my sole.

This is true in life. Over the last six years, my family and I have lived in a number of rental properties before we were able to buy a property. I remember one house, a big spacious Victorian character property that we fell in love with straight away. It was the perfect house, I even spoke to the landlord to ask if he’d sell it.

We loved everything about the house from  the high ceilings to the long corridors and original features.

Then winter came and I hated the house. I spent weeks insulating the rooms and even wrote off money to put carpet down in the living room. I never wanted to live in this type of house ever again.

Eventually, God blessed us and we bought a truly fantastic house, and it was warm! But what I’ve found is, despite being more blessed than I could have foreseen, when I’m out and about and I pass an old character property, I find myself fantasising about owning and living in such a property.

Just as I’m never truly satisfied with ice cream, neither am I ever truly satisfied with circumstances!

God created us to never truly be satisfied with any set of circumstances but only in a relationship with Him. God wants to bless us with great circumstances but never for that to replace Him – that’s idolatry. I truly believe that there isn’t a set of circumstances in all of creation that could ever make us truly happy and satisfied outside of God.

This I believe is where the actor Jim Carrey was coming from when he stated “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

You can read this today and think ‘oh dear, what’s even the point then?’ Or you can read this and think ‘phew, I don’t have to compete, achieve and acquire in order to reach some purpose and meaning.’

It doesn’t mean that ‘life is meaningless’ so we may as well just ‘drink and be merry’, but as a Christian we can recognise we don’t need more meaning than who we are in Him. This takes the pressure off so we can really start enjoying the ice cream we do have and start enjoying where we are living! Then we’re in a better place to continue to reach for the stars with a risk taking freedom!

1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

Luke Cartwright

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