Fresh Hope – 30th November 2016

There was a terrible smell of burning coming from the upstairs of our home one day. Everyone could smell it, but no one could work out why.

I started to shout and get everyone out of the house as the smell intensified and smoke filled the air.

I ran upstairs, and there it was…a feather lined winter jacket had been hung to dry by my son over a light fitting in a bedroom that we had designated as the ‘ironing’ room.

“Why on earth did you do that Josh?”, I said, you “could have burnt the house down.” Then came the explanation.

He’d seen me on numerous occasions hang damp shirts on a coat hanger and hook them on the centre light fitting in order to dry, and without thinking he thought he’d follow suit; instead of hanging it on a hanger, he hung it directly onto the open bulb. No problem, that was until someone turned the light switch on and left it on. As the bulb got hotter, the coat started to melt.

A rule was made by my wife that day and went something like this…’lights are not to be used as anything else apart from giving light.’ Enough said.

That almost catastrophic event teaches us a life lesson too…doing and being something that you were not created for only leads to disaster.

We all live under constant pressure nowadays to be someone that you’re not and to do something that you were never cut out for; today I encourage you not to give in to the temptation and learn to be comfortable in your own skin.

God has blessed this world with your uniqueness, and although He needs and wants to change you to be more like Jesus everyday, He still wants your unique gifts and personality to shine through.

When you start to allow yourself to get into things you were never created for then not only will you be frustrated, everyone around you will be too.

There will always be people who want to hang stuff on your life that has no business being there, so you must have the courage to hand it back, in order for you to be free to do what God has created you for.

Write down today just five things that you feel that God has gifted you in and then ask someone else close to you if those things match what they see in your life. If they don’t match what others see, then go back to the drawing board until you get a real feel for what you are good at. When you do get a good match on your gifts and talents then start to give everything you have to them.

Don’t spend the rest of your life trying to be a clothes airer when God created you to be a light.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Pastor Mark

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