Fresh Hope – Day 17

There’s something within me that always wants to park the car where it’s convenient. Even at Christmastime when the car park at the mall is heaving, I still want to drive round and round until I find a space near the door.

 

It’s like as if I want some kind of applause for parking on the front row when others have settled for the back. I even feel at times like parking where it says ‘NO PARKING HERE’ just to see if it would be worth it to get close to the main entrance.

 

The sad thing though is that I could have parked straight away in a less convenient space, but would prefer to spend another ten minutes battling for first place.

 

On the odd occasion that I have had to relent and park further away, I’ve been surprised at how quick you can actually walk from a parking space that’s less convenient. I even find myself timing how long the inconvenient walk has taken. I don’t think it’s ever added more than two minutes to my shopping trip, however, I still prefer to drive round and round and experience that buzz of claiming my front spot. Sad, I know.

 

Convenient car parking reminds me so much of how we are tempted to live our everyday lives. We want to opt for the convenient space to park or even the one that says ‘NO PARKING HERE’, just because it’s so much easier, or so it seems.

 

Ask yourself today, where am I parking my life for convenience and ease rather than facing up to the reality that this is not getting me anywhere.

 

Here are just a few of the many places where we should hang a sign ‘DONT PARK HERE’.

 

Our failures.

 

Our hurts.

 

Our regrets.

 

Our doubts.

 

Our fears.

 

Our self-hatred.

 

Our pride.

 

Our past successes – Even that can become something that holds you back from doing more significant things in the future.

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 ‘… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…’

 

Today, make a decision to park your life in the right place rather than just a convenient place.

 

Pastor Mark

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