Fresh Hope – 25th July 2017

There are two men in identical circumstances but with totally opposite experiences.

For months, they’re both kept in complete isolation from families, woken early every morning for forced labour and exercise. They’re both fed on plain tasteless food and water and forced to fight against their will.

One is the saddest man in the world but the other is the happiest. How is this possible?

Because one man is in a prisoner of war camp, and the other is the heavyweight champion of the world preparing for another fight.

What a difference it makes knowing the ‘meaning’ of what we’re doing.

When we have meaning and we live with it clearly before us, it can place perspective on all we do! We can then actually enjoy hardships and trials because we see them as training for a world changing battle that we know we have already won.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

The reality is, in all the challenges we face, we actually have the choice of either being a ‘prisoner of war’, a victim, or the ‘heavyweight champion of the world’, a victor! We decide which by choosing either ‘to see’ or ‘not to see’, the world changing significance of the battles we’re in.

I encourage you today in whatever you are facing, make a choice to see it as another gym session, another press up, one more stomach crunch in preparation for a glorious battle, a sensational victory and for that crown that will last forever. See any difficulty not as an obstacle to avoid or just get past, but elite training for a world changing mission! Don’t be a victim but a victor and run to win.

Luke Cartwright

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