Fresh Hope – Day 280

There’s an old saying that we all know: ‘time passes quickly when you’re having a good time.’

It’s an accurate assessment and is very true. 

We can all remember that week away on a family holiday, where we saw everything just fall into place.  The accommodation was great, the food was great, the weather was great and the icing on the cake was that no one argued and fell out.  The down side was that the whole event came and went in what felt like an instant. 

No matter how you tried to slow the whole thing down, time would not stand still. 

However, there is another truth and it’s this: ‘time passes quickly when you’re having a bad time.’

Now I know that you’re going to argue that this is not true, as you’ve experienced the worst month of your life, and it’s felt like it would never end – I do agree. 

You want time on these occasions to hurry up don’t you, but it seems as though every hour is like a day. 

Think about this: whether in a good time or a bad time, time passes at exactly the same rate. It’s quick.

Another old saying becomes reality: ‘time stands still for no man.’

I was wanting to give a wake up call to a group of young leaders some weeks ago, and so I asked them how many remembered the Millennium celebrations.

Some were barely out of nappies (at the Millennium that is) but many recalled the events of that night.

That night was almost 16 years ago now. How incredible that time has raced on for every single one of us, no matter what. 

I went on to tell the group that if we take that same amount of time again from today, then I will be turning seventy years of age; I will be the age that my grandparents were when they were really old!

For everyone today that’s living a dead-end life, doing a dead-end job and feels no passion to get out of bed in the morning, then I remind you that ‘time passes quickly when you’re having a bad time.’

Why keep doing that which clearly isn’t working?

Why keep being miserable doing what you hate doing, every day?

Why keep merely surviving when there is a life to be had that will see you thriving?

Someone once said that ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again whilst expecting to get different results.’

There comes a time in life when you need to give yourself a check-up and ask those searching questions like ‘why am I doing what I am doing?’

Don’t be afraid to change careers. Go with your passion. 

Maybe you need to change your set of friends that are holding you back?

Maybe you are resisting the spiritual element of your life and are refusing to surrender your life to God?

Is fear holding you back from a great future? Then take a step of faith today.

Always remember: fear looks, but faith leaps.

Luke 13:6-9 Then Jesus 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”. 

Pastor Mark

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