Fresh Hope – Day 71

Whenever I’m invited to speak in Cape Town, I always like to head to one of my favourite places… The Newport Deli.

For almost 10 years now, I have enjoyed their coffee and pastries, along with a view of the Atlantic.

When Gillian and myself arrived in Cape Town this week, we were told that the Deli had had a compulsory purchase order placed on it and was no longer there. However, the owner had relocated to a new place, so we decided to check it out.

When we arrived, I got to talk to the owner and I asked him how the new store was going, to which he replied something very profound…

‘I never focus on the business, I only focus daily on the quality of the produce and service, that way, I guarantee that the customers will keep coming back.’

His very profound words not only make complete business sense, but can also make life sense.

They can help us to understand why we cannot find happiness by just searching for and focussing on happiness.

For most of us, our happiness is reliant on happenings.

Happiness is like blowing up a balloon that is just about to reach its full potential… only for it to burst.

Happiness is something that is overinflated everyday of our lives, only to leave us feeling deflated within seconds. It’s often a bitter disappointment.

Happiness is the gold at the end of the rainbow that doesn’t exist, until you come to the place that Jesus spoke of… ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10)

The word ‘full’ means ‘super abundance’. This is the quality of living that Jesus promises to you when you invite Him into your life.

This is not something that you chase, but something that you can possess, no matter what is going on around you.

Today, if you want more than a temporary, emotional lift that comes from outward circumstances, invite Jesus to be at the centre of your life, where joy and peace can radiate everyday.

Romans 8:38-39 ‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Pastor Mark

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