Life will be easier when…
Turn and talk to someone next to you about when life might be easier…….
Don’t get me wrong there are times when we all spend some time wishing that life was easier. In fact there might be times when we feel like giving up completely.
Firstly, let me make it clear there are no easy answers to the traumas of family life, whether that is at home or within a community like this one at the Bridge.
Secondly , for most of us the number one need is for us not have ‘answers’, but to know that we are not alone. What can often keep us going in the tough time is hope: the belief that because others have come through experiences like ours – we can too.
A psychologist once said that:
“Most people believe that a future event will make them happy. They say, ‘when I get married I’ll be happy’ or ‘When I get a new job ….’ Or maybe even something like ‘When the weekend comes I will be happy’. The psychologist went to on to say ‘really happy people don’t think about their lives that way – even though life maybe far from perfect, they learn to appreciate the good bits. They grasp happiness – however small – NOW’.
But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses
1 Timothy 6:11-12 (The Message)
Anyone any idea of the importance of these two numbers?
6 570, 2 964 turn and see if they ring any bells with you
A man in his late mid life did a little math’s one day. He knew that the average age to which he might live was 75 years. He then multiplied that by 52 to give him a figure of 2 964 – the number of Saturday his life would hold. He was already 55 and so he had just 1040 Saturdays left. He went out and toured the toy shops in his town ‘til he managed to buy a 1040 marbles. When he got home he put them all in a large jar – each representing one of the Saturdays he had left in his life. As time passed every Saturday he took a marble out every week. One day he was chatting with a younger man who was struggling to make ends meet when it came to time. There just did not seem to be enough and his family was loosing out. He told the younger man that it helped him to focus on the important things in his life. He went to fetch the jar and the young man saw that is was empty. The older man said , “Today I am 75 any Saturday from now on is a bonus”
(Taken from The Sixty Minutes Family by Rob Parsons)
There are no easy answers
You are not alone
Seize the moment, now. Talk to someone, buy some marbles, count the days, find happiness now.
Jesus said to another, “Follow me.”
He said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.” Jesus refused.
“First things first, your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!” Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.”
Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”
Luke 9: 59-62 (The Message)