Fresh Hope – 27th April 2020

Clark’s Botanicals is a high end skin care cream which features in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and other publications. It has made its creator, Francesco Clark, an incredibly successful multi millionaire businessman! 

He started to create the skin care products after a crippling spinal cord injury from a swimming pool diving accident had left him a paraplegic. With his spinal cord severed not only was he unable to ever walk again, but unable to sweat, causing severe skin issues. After working with his father, a doctor, to create a naturally formulated cream that finally cleared up his complaint, his mother and sister soon started to use the cream and the idea to start selling it online began. 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand verses in the Bible such as James 1:2 ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds’, as they more than suggest some kind of benefit in trials and hardship.

The very meaning of life to most people is all about avoiding negative situations, while trying to steer towards positive ones. The problem with this is that Jesus didn’t come so we could have an easy life, but a full life! 

I truly believe we would actually appreciate the trials of this life a lot more if only we embraced difficult circumstances and looked for the opportunities that come by them, rather fighting against them all the time.

During this time of isolation, life for all has changed us all, to the point whereby in a recent poll only 9% of people want their lives to return to normal! That tells us one thing for sure — this current crisis has helped us to press reset and there’s no going back. 

Whatever your struggle may be today, just like Francesco Clark, there is an opportunity if we change the way we think about the situation to actually make the most out of it. 
I do believe that history will record that some of the greatest and most meaningful changes will come out of one of the greatest challenges of our time. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

Fix your eyes on Him today.

Pastor Mark

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