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privilege in the difficulties

It’s difficult isn’t it, when we can’t do the things we most long to or enjoy doing- whether it be time commitments, finances, or health. Many of you will know that this has been something I have been struggling with having not been able to play football for 5 months due to an ankle injury that went undiagnosed for 10 months. As a result, many of you will also know that as you get this weekly news into your inboxes, I will be having an operation to try to repair this.

While I can’t wait to be able to play again and hopefully try running without experiencing pain, I am also quite sceptical, there is no denying that. But as I have been thinking a lot about it over the past few days, it has also got me thinking about making the most of the things I can do.I have had the privilege of still being able to coach my under 9 boys’ team, being involved with my own team still and lightly training with them.

You see, whatever situations we might find ourselves in, there are still opportunities that we can grab hold of and make the most of. Sometimes it can take some time to see them and, in some cases, can take a lot of perseverance and encouragement from loved ones around us to help us acknowledge them, but I encourage you to look for them no matter how small they might seem.

This is also true of our witness. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking about how Jesus is Lord in our witness (not us!) and therefore, even in the times we doubt ourselves or we feel we simply can’t do it, I want to encourage you to look for those small opportunities, to keep going and keep trusting that Jesus is Lord in it. Let’s face it, if it was down to us, there wouldn’t be much hope so it’s a good job we’re not Lord of our witness!

So that’s my challenge to you for the week- what opportunities, however small and insignificant they might seem at the time, can you make the most of and look to witness into over the coming days? Share your experiences with people in the church and encourage one another as families do!


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