Live life and try to make a difference

You won’t believe it, but, having just gotten into our new year, I had a call yesterday to book something for Christmas this year!

Aargh, where does the time go?

Christmas is well past but I bet some of you will have bought the knockdown priced cards for next year and some will have bought gifts in the sale to put in a Christmas box – good planning!

As I write this from the East Neuk, the wind is howling and the rain battering down intermittently, but nothing so bad as the flooding in the south of England .

Homes wrecked, livelihoods ruined, and there won’t be a quick fix.

Remember those down there in your prayers. And, all the time, life moves forward.

For many, it’s a hard road to travel; our well-used foodbank in the East Neuk testifies to that. It is a privilege to be able to help but a sad reality that such help is needed.

I’m glad the church is at the heart of this, however, because I know that’s where Jesus would be today.

Doesn’t this remind us there is a rawness and a wonder to life?

Despite difficulties and setbacks, pursue the wonder. Hunt for it. Sell out to get it.

Don’t listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life and want you to do the same so they won’t feel guilty.

Your goal is not to live long; it’s to live.

Everything changes around us and I believe there are more and faster changes in today’s society than ever before, and they bring their own trials.

Life in the fast lane or nae money lane or nae outlook lane brings stress, sometimes depression, and certainly anxiety.

Mostly, we have lost our foundations and the cement that holds us together of faith, hope and love are eroded.

Jesus says the options are clear. On one side, there is the voice of safety. You can build a fire in the hearth, stay inside, and stay warm and dry and safe...

Or you can hear the voice of adventure – God’s adventure. Instead of building a fire in your hearth, build a fire in your heart. Follow God’s impulses.

Adopt the child. Move overseas. Teach the class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference. Sure it isn’t safe, but what is?

If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat – and guess what, Jesus will be there to help you!