From The Rectory
I wonder if you will be making any New Year’s Resolutions for 2015?
Maybe you did and you have already broken them!
Often our resolutions are a reaction to the over indulgence of the Christmas festivities, or a desire to be someone else! So we make resolutions about eating habits and fitness regimes.
In the musical chess, the American sings a song where he states
‘I’m who I want to be, and where I want to be, and I still feel like I haven’t won at all!’
He had made sacrifices to be at the top of his game, and having got there, he discovered an emptiness, he realised that not only did it not meet his desire or expectations, but that the position could also only ever be temporary, because there would always be those trying to take his position!
In life I think it is so easy to look at what others have, and long to be like them. We dream of having more money, greater security, a nicer figure, better health, closer friendships. We fall into the trap of thinking ‘if only…’
The trouble with the ‘if only…’ thinking, is that we fail to recognise the talent we have, we forget how perfectly and wonderfully and uniquely we have been made by our heavenly father! Instead of trying to be someone else, we need to learn to love and accept ourselves.
Let me share with you the story of Sparky. In school Sparky was not the brightest of students, he flunked Latin, Algebra, English and physics. He did make the golf team, but only to lose the most important game of the season, and to make matters worse he then also lost the consolation game!
Sparky was shy, painfully shy which led him to be awkward and clumsy in social settings. Sparky did however have one talent, drawing! The trouble was although he was proud of his art work no one else seemed to appreciate it. He submitted drawings to go into the high school year book, but they were rejected, his self-belief also caused him to send some sketches to the studio of Walt Disney but they too were rejected.
Despite the rejections, Sparky did not quit, instead he decided to write his autobiography as a cartoon strip. Maybe you’ve read them, because Sparky is known by another name Charles Schulze, the creator of the Peanuts Comic Strip. Like his main character Charlie Brown, Schulze seemed unable to succeed at many things, but when he accepted who he was, and made the most of his talent, and refused to quit, that’s when he flourished.
One of my favourite verses of scripture comes in 1 Samuel 16. God has sent the prophet Samuel to anoint a new King over Israel, and offers him this advice.
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’
If someone could look into your heart what would they see?
As we head into 2015, instead of making resolutions, to be more like someone else, embrace who you are, and grow into the child of God, that you were designed to be. For as the Apostle John wrote:
‘Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.’ (1 John 3v2)
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