Fresh Hope – 15th October 2019

 

Sometimes it’s more difficult to stop doing something than it is to start.

There’s nothing worse than getting up everyday to do something that’s not working.

Maybe you’ve got emotionally attached to what you’re doing and are afraid to let go?

Maybe you’re hoping that tomorrow will bring about different results?

Are you flogging a dead horse?

Is what you’re trying to accomplish outside of your gifting and therefore will never work?

Maybe what you’re trying to resuscitate every day is not meant to be alive right now?

Are you just clinging on to what you’ve always done for fear that people may think you’re a quitter if you let go of it?

Remember the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again whilst hoping for different results.

There comes a day when we have to put a time frame on something and realise that if it doesn’t change by then, we’re going to call it a day.

Need some help to do so?

Luke 13:6-9 Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig-tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, “For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig-tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?” ‘“Sir,” the man replied, “leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig round it and fertilise it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.”’

Many years ago, we were hiring a venue to hold our church services in. For months, the numbers of people just got less and less and the services got harder and harder.

Eventually I had to make the difficult decision to quit on the venue and go back to the old Chapel where we had come from.

It was one of the best decisions I had ever made in those early days.

Going back helped us to go forward.

Admitting something is not working is really the best way of kickstarting a fruitful and successful future.

It’s wonderful to be faithful in doing something year after year with little results – it takes courage to do so; congratulations – but the bottom line is this: are you faithfully fruitful?

If not, maybe it’s time to rethink what you’re doing and why you are doing it. Don’t be afraid to make the tough decision of going back to go forwards.

Pastor Mark

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