Fresh Hope – 19th September 2017

On our recent family holiday, everyone was complaining about how thirsty they were in the hot weather, especially as any drinks that they had packed for a day out had become luke warm within an hour or so. After a couple of days, I decided to freeze a few small plastic bottles of water over night and then fill my back pack with them the next morning along with enough drinks for everyone…problem solved!

Not only did everything in my back pack keep ice cool, but the water itself lasted all day as it began to defrost and become everyone’s best friend.

Not an new idea I know, but it certainly is a good one and into the bargain a great life lesson in the power of association.

Anything that was placed alongside the freezing water was effected in just the same way. Snuggled up together in the back pack for a few hours guaranteed that everyone’s ┬ápreviously luke warm drinks would now come out ice cold.

Have you ever wondered why your life is playing out like it is? The answer lies inside that back pack. Who you hang around with, you become like. Sadly for many, their lives have become ice cold with apathy, but you don’t have to look too far as to why…simply look at who they are mixing with.

The opposite is also true. People who have great faith and have ‘red hot’ lives are usually found to be mixing with really great passionate and positive, faith filled people.

Solomon has been known throughout history as one of the wisest guys that ever lived. He wrote many of the saying in the book of Proverbs. Here’s his simple take on it…

Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Whoever you associate with you eventually become like, so if you want to change the way your life is panning out, you probably need to look at changing your friends.

Don’t keep complaining that you have to keep dealing with so many issues in the circles that you mix with when you have the power to get out.

Not everyone in your life is there for the duration, in fact one of the greatest signs that you are moving in the right direction is that you will start leaving people behind.

Think about all of your peers at your first school that you pledged allegiance to for the rest of your life. How many of those are still in your life today? The reason that you each went your separate ways was mainly because you each grew up!

Now we all have to work through relational difficulties and many times it will be right to keep those relationships in tact, but never lose sight of the fact that moving on is often a necessary and natural part of life and maturity. Emotional attachments are not a good enough reason to hold onto everyone in your life.

Ask yourself today, ‘who am I influencing for good?’

Now ask yourself, ‘who is influencing me for bad?’

Change is here to stay.

Move on.

Pastor Mark

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