Fresh Hope – 14th November 2017

I was a typical teenager when I constantly pestered my Mom and Dad for my first moped. They were pretty much against it from the start, but I can only presume that my argument about all my mates having been allowed to have one had suitably worn them down.

I was amazed when they both came home together one day and announced that they had been to a motorbike shop and put a deposit on a second hand 50cc bike.

The day to go and collect it couldn’t come quick enough as far as I was concerned, however, the look of concern on my parents’ faces meant they had very different feelings.

It wasn’t the most handsome of bikes; It was bright yellow, had only three gears and struggled to get over 35 mph.

I’ll never forget the very first night that I officially took it on the road. A new helmet, jacket and leather gloves were part of my new life as a biker and off I went to meet a friend that had also been allowed to get such a piece of equipment.

As we teamed up, I informed him that I’d lead the way and he should stay close behind. We’d hardly gone down the road, when I couldn’t see him through my rear view mirrors, so I decided to start to look over my shoulder to see where he was. Without knowing it, the more I looked behind the more I was steering of course, and without any warning the next thing I know was that I was flying through the air, landing on the pavement with my bike beside me. I couldn’t believe it; I’d been a motorcyclist for all of 10 minutes and my parents worst nightmare had come to pass.

Thankfully, myself and the bike had just a few scrapes. With a great sense of embarrassment I quickly brushed myself down, straightened the bent mudguard and mirrors and pretended like nothing had happened. Safe to say that I never repeated that incident ever again, even though I rode much bigger bikes as the years went on. I always told myself…never look behind you for too long.

That story is a powerful life lesson in how to stay focused on the course that God has got for your life. Having a preoccupation with those behind can often end in disaster.

Are you on a collision course today, simply because you keep concerning yourself with everyone else’s business? Yes, we should be concerned for others, that’s what we do, but when you feel the need to keep your eyes on them, rather than on the road that you are supposed to be on, you will never have a great future.

God has got a very specific course for your life and will differ to everyone else’s. You’re unique in who you are and in what you will be asked to do. Don’t spend your time worrying as to whether everyone else’s is staying on course, you could well be losing your own life in the process.

Make a fresh decision today to stay focused on the road ahead, so that you will get the destination that God has especially called you to.

Feel like you’ve gone off course?

Lying in a heap right now because you’ve been paying too much attention to what’s behind you?

Preoccupied with everyone else’s journey?

Don’t give up…pick yourself up, dust yourself down and get back on track.

Proverbs 24:16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

I love that the Bible never hides from us the fact that we may fall, but then it assures us that we will be lifted up again.

Get back on track today!

Hebrews 12:1-3 …And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Pastor Mark

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