Monthly Reflection – Easter 2016
Good afternoon! I hope you are all well prepared for Easter weekend and I also hope that if you like Chocolate that the ‘Easter Bunny’ will be paying you a visit! Our Family resource board has arrived at Hatfield and will shortly be going up in the canteen at HQ with a selection of books from ‘Care for the Family’ that enable officers and staff to ‘self-help’ around issues in their family lives. We have been given permission to include CPA contact details in the books as well as literature from CAP (Christians against poverty); we also have some money in reserve to buy more books if the board is well used! So please pray that the board and books are well received and that we can help to make a real difference in our colleagues lives!
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6: 25-34
We live in uncertain times! We have seen events in recent years that we thought we would never see other than on the big screen in disaster movies- Bombs being detonated in Airports, Train stations and on buses, people being murdered on the streets of capital cities in Europe, Christians being murdered in countries all over the world because of their faith- shocking scenes that leave all more frightened and worried about the world we are living in now! We have seen this week the end of the trial of a man who killed a Police Officer on Merseyside- Pc David Phillips went to work one night last year not knowing what lay ahead for him. He like all of us went about his duty to protect others and placed himself between the public and Clayton Williams- the man who was driving a stolen vehicle- we all know the tragedy that followed. Our lives by their very nature are all uncertain- no one can predict what will happen to any of us tomorrow, we don’t know how long we are going to live for or how our lives will end. The very nature of the world we live in is uncertain, we can’t predict accurately the weather – although we try- how many times have you looked at the weather forecast that predicted ‘Sunshine’ and actually got soaking wet as you didn’t pack a rain coat?
The simple fact is that our futures are uncertain and not written yet- each day each of us make choices and decisions that unknowingly shape our futures and the futures of those around us. For those of us with children we hope that our children will grow up as well rounded individuals who have long and happy lives- I hope and pray that my children will grow up and come to faith as I did and live strong and courageous lives for Christ- I hope but I can’t say that they will! All I can do is my best to faithfully raise my children in a Christian household and let God do the rest! However I believe that my Christian faith offers my family and I the certainty of a future that nothing else can- In scripture we read that:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
In possibly the most quoted scripture ever God promises us a future! He gave his only son to pay for what I have done wrong so that I can live for ever with him- even though I honestly don’t deserve it! This portion of scripture tells us that if we believe in Jesus Christ, give our lives and hearts to him we will have eternal life- it also tells us the stark reality of not believing!
Our faith is one of hope and a future- But it is a future that each of us has to choose as an individual! I made that choice and I have never regretted it for one moment- I have not always understood why things happen or how they have turned out but I know it was the right choice! As much as I wish I could I can’t make that choice for my children and I can’t make that choice for each of you- But what I can do is tell you that the only hope for a certain future is following Christ!
I recently read a piece of scripture from Proverbs 3 in the modern message translation of the bible:
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.
Our certainty in life must come from Trusting God; we can’t figure things out on our own because we don’t know the future- Serve God in everything you do every day and he will look after you!
This Easter time remember that it isn’t about the Chocolate Eggs (But still enjoy them!) Easter is about our Lord Jesus Christ giving us the gift of a certain future in paradise with him- A future that you have to choose for yourself, a future of eternal happiness where there will be no worry!
So from the family Evans we wish you all a blessed Easter time; if you are off work enjoy the long weekend- if like me you are working then stay safe!