Fresh Hope – 31st December 2020

In this past year, thanks to lockdowns, like many, I’ve had more time on my hands to do jobs around the house. One of these jobs was to replace some solid double doors between our hallway and lounge with glass french doors. I actually just wanted visitors to be able to view the Christmas tree in the lounge from the front door.


What surprised me was how these doors truly transformed the feel of the house. When in our hallway, despite its dimensions not actually changing it felt so much more spacious because your line of sight is taken into the lounge. And vice versa when in the lounge because you can see into the hallway now it too feels so much bigger despite not changing in size. 

This is a great example of how we too can feel so very differently about our lives without them having to change. All we need to change in our lives for them to feel so differently is our line of sight! 

Hebrews 12 2-3 cev
‘We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne! So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.’


Whenever we struggle whether with jobs, disappointments, broken relationships, poverty, illness, it naturally takes our focus. And the house in which we live out our lives, our souls, becomes compartmentalised. Our world in which we experience m this life feels smaller, and we feel we can’t appreciate life again until we have dealt with this issue closing us in. The problem with this is you, for as you have a pulse, you will have issues. So by this rule you can never truly be happy. 

But! When we focus on Jesus, make him and not our issue the line of sight in our lives, we take down these temporary walls in our homes (our souls) and even though we will still have issues we feel so different! There’s space, light and hope in our lives! 


God wants us to enjoy life, however you may be struggling, you can make the change to enjoy the open plan living! What do you need to pull down so that your line of sight is Jesus? So you can live with the open plan joy in all you do, enjoying the wide open spaces God has always intended you to live in?

Luke Cartwright

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