Fresh Hope – 22nd November 2016

As I write today, I am listening to the heavy downpour of rain falling onto some plastic sheeting outside my office window.

As the forecast promised, we have had several inches fall over the weekend…they were right.

In most cases, the rain water drainage system at the side of each road is adequate, but as it coincides at this time of the year with the autumn leaves falling, several roads are flooded due to being clogged up.

Being around people each day as we all are, reveals that some folk are prone to be like drains. They take on everyone else’s problems and then get clogged up themselves. Over time this leads them to be so consumed with stuff that they start to drain every relationship that comes their way. We all know what this feels like when on the receiving end of such a draining relationship…we want to run as fast as possible.

Being a drain can appear to be a kind way of living with your fellow man, but if you allow everyone to drown you in their despair, then you must quickly realise that that’s not the way it should be.

The higher way of living is to be a fountain. A fountain doesn’t receive everyone else’s waste, but instead gives out fresh and life giving water.

People that are like fountains are such a pleasure to be with as they give life rather than drain from it.

If you’ve allowed yourself to get clogged up with everyone else’s problems that means you can no longer live in freedom that Christ came to give you.  Start  to live a different life with a different approach…be a fountain that refreshes, rather than a drain to just get dumped on.

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Pastor Mark

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