‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ Lamentations 3 v 22-23.
As most of us crawl through our first week back after the Christmas holidays, its a good time for reflection and change. It is so easy to drift through life wasting time and having a lack of purpose. I'm reading through John Hayes book 'sub-merge' at the moment and he talks about 'analysis paralysis' among Christians. I was struck by something he said about the blind man in John 9. His disciples took part in what Hayes calls ‘analysis paralysis’. Hayes says; ‘Jesus sidestepped the counterfeit debate and recast the negative scenario as one of hopeful opportunity. The issue, He said, was neither the man nor his parents; the issue was that God wanted to reveal His power to the blind man.’ Hayes continues; ‘Jesus was, and is so different. He simply reached out and touched the man. It was embarrassingly simple: Jesus acted. Christ committed Himself to a ministry of compassionate presence, not dispassionate distance.'
I want to make 2016 a year of 'hopeful opportunity'. Some of the changes I am making is to read more. I've taken up Tim Challies 'Avid Reader' challenge and hope to read a book a week. We are also going to give ourselves as a family much more to hospitality on a weekly basis. If you are eating anyway why not invite others to join you?
I found these 10 questions from Kevin de Young really challenging. You can read DeYoung's answers here and mine are below.