Is there a connection between our capacity to love & the speed at which we’re travelling?

I’m on a bit of a space and productivity quest.

Space for fun and laughter and, well, sometimes just space to breathe, because life feels very busy right now and I’m not sure I’m convinced about how very wonderful that is.

And productivity because, if less really is more, I’d love to find that balance, the sweet spot.

After two days thinking about love (well, a whole weekend of it really but only the last two days showed up here in the daily dose) and realising yesterday that there is a real, solid correlation between our capacity to love and the speed at which we’re travelling, finding that sweet spot feels more important than ever.

I’m done with being the grumpy, stressy one.

I’m done with multi-tasking so I can squeeze more busy into the day.

I’m done with getting by.

I’m ready to really step up and enjoy each new day.

I’m ready to show my children, by example, what it looks like to smile at the sun rise and really thrive.

And if that sounds just a little more poetic than usual, you can totally blame a new writing app I’m playing with. I’m listening to gentle music as I write and it’s setting a beautiful scene πŸ™‚

What might your today look like if you really believed it were possible to thrive, every day?

What would you differently?

What would you allow yourself to make time for?

Today, I dare you to do all that stuff anyway, even if you don’t believe how thriving is actually possible yet.

As Christians we talk a lot about how to follow Christ means to take up your cross. To accept struggles and persecution. To be people who know what it is to hurt.

But Jesus also talked about his yoke being light. He promised rest and refreshment. He told us not to worry.

What might life look like if we took him at his word? Embraced those promises and really stepped into them and owned them?

You won’t know unless you try so go on, I dare you πŸ˜‰

The truth about what love really looks like

Occasional bouts of grumpiness aside, I like to think that I’m a pretty nice person. I sit here and write to you about love and Jesus and enjoying life moment by moment. All very nice and kind and lovely.

But there is something about running late that lets my narky side out to play and I become, for a short moment, not very nice or loving at all.

I didn’t realise it was running late specifically that did it until literally this morning but, having noticed, I’m starting to think that I might not be the only one.

So, regular scheduling is abandoned for today (I had a whole other email on half for you but we’ll save that for tomorrow) while we dig into this idea of love and what it really looks like when you’re running late or rushing about or feeling stressed.

Because it feels really important.

We (and by ‘we’ I mean ‘I’ but I’m let’s pretend it’s not just me) talk about love and how it’s the most important thing of all.

We have this burning desire to reinvent how this world sees and understands God’s love.

We’re starting to see that for real love to actually have an impact, it has to be actioned, one person at a time.

But then real life happens.

And we sigh because our middle child is crying again, only to find out that she’s only crying because she hurt herself and wants someone to rub her little pinky better.

And then we drive the kids to school and get narky and impatient with a grandmother because she walked out in front of the car and didn’t engage her brain to realise that it’s not just her grandchild who needs to get a move on and get to school if he’s not going to be late.

And then we check ourselves and feel really guilty for being so grumpy and un-loving.

Writing about love is easy. Seriously, writing to you each morning is one of the best parts of my day.

Talking about love is easy. I did it in church on Sunday and saw people nodding along. They agreed. They got it.

But real life, day to day love? So much easier to say and write about than it is to actually do.

Worse still, we can look around at what we see other people saying and writing about and it paints this picture of ease. People like me are guilty of this. We wax lyrical about love and kindness and encourage you to love, one person at a time.

But how often do you get to peep behind the curtain and see the reality of daily love in another person’s life?

Not all that often. Hardly ever.

And it can leave us feeling so inadequate. Like we don’t measure up and probably never will.

Would you like to know the reality?

The reality is that every single person on this planet, no matter how much they like to pretend otherwise, gets it wrong. Has a bad day. Snaps. Is narky and grumpy.

You don’t need to look around you to see how loving you are compared to other people. You only need to look to how much you’re loving, in that moment.

It helps if we can start to recognise our triggers (like me and running late) but ultimately, the only way we can love, day to day, is to just do it the best we can, moment by moment, God helping us.

Paul talks about how we can become more and more like Jesus each day. We don’t do that by trying harder or wishing more. We do that by asking God to help us and him giving us opportunities to practice.

There’s no magic bullet or quick fix. That’s not God’s way.

Instead it’s about showing up, every day, just as we are, putting one foot in front of the other, asking God to help us but accepting that we won’t get it right all the time.

Loving because we were loved first.

But knowing that God doesn’t need us to be kinder or more lovely in order for him to love us. He loves you because he loves you. End of.

So stop comparing yourself to anyone other than you and know that you’re not the only one who gets it wrong an awful lot of the time.

Welcome to the club. Pull up a chair. You’re in good company!

Why Jesus chose to totally ignore the marketing expert’s top advice. Or did he?

It’s been nearly four years since I first landed in the world of marketing, first as I worked on building Give A Brick, and then through various business iterations.

Ask any business owner the one piece of advice they hear the most often and they’ll probably say something about persistence and stickability.

This is good advice of course but it doesn’t have much practical application, beyond showing up each day, doing the work and not giving up.

What would be the most practical advice they were given do you think?

How about: Pick a niche. Be specific. Focus on serving one customer with one specific need before expanding that service to a wider client base.

And the idea I’ve been playing with for nearly a week is that Jesus totally ignored that advice. He’s allowed to of course. I just found it fascinating to think that some messages, like love, could be universal.

You can’t argue with a need for love so maybe that’s why it’s ok that he didn’t pick a niche. That and being the son of God and all. You might call it a bit of an unfair advantage πŸ˜‰

I was ready to write a whole piece on how love doesn’t need a niche etc. etc.

But what if I’m wrong?

Because as I wrote that sentence above about serving one customer before expanding, it suddenly occurred to me … isn’t that exactly what Jesus did? God too in fact.

From the very beginning of the bible, the story centres on one small part of the world and one very specific people group.

Jesus too spoke to a community who grew up as a part of that specific group. Sure, there are notable exceptions, like the Roman centurion who asked Jesus to perform long-distance healing, but for the most part, Jesus had his niche and he stuck to it.

That’s not to suggest that he didn’t have a wider remit.

Way back in the Old Testament, there’s a conversation about how working with just the Jews wasn’t enough for Jesus. But at the point where it all started, when the plan was put into action, Jesus had a very clear and specific target market.

It was only much later, when Peter had that vision about the different types of animals he could eat, that God’s original plan to love on everyone became clear.

So what does that mean for you and me?

Other than to make us smile to think that God loves us so much, he had it all planned out way back when, the real message here is that it’s OK to just love on the people around you.

You might have this overwhelming burning desire to love on the world, to be a walking, talking, practical example of God’s love, to un-write all the wrongs of the past. And that’s wonderful! And inspiring. And good on you πŸ™‚

But you don’t have to love on the whole world right now, today.

You can start with the very next person you come into contact with – whether that be face to face or on the phone or via email, Facebook or Twitter.

You don’t love on the whole world by loving on the whole world. You love on the whole world, one person at a time.

And sure, it’ll take longer than if you had the whole world on iMessage and could send a group text, but have you ever wondered why there are so many names in the bible? People matter to God.

Individuals, one at a time, are important to God.

And if it’s good enough for him, I reckon it’s good enough for us too πŸ˜‰

And so our challenge today is to love, one person at a time, even when it’s messy and hard going and tests our patience.

And remember, you don’t have to do it alone.

We love because God loved first so don’t forget to get him in on the act. Ask him to help you, to keep helping you.

Are you ready? Let’s go! πŸ™‚

Ready to make this the last December ever where you feel like you let yourself down?

If you haven’t read part one of this conversation, that subject line might have felt a bit left of field and ‘where did that come from all of a sudden?!?’ Forgive me. And then click here to get caught up on part one. I’ll be here waiting for you when you get back πŸ™‚

Read it? Done the challenge? Great!

(Not done it? Done it in your head? Hehe, seriously, what are you like?!? Take some time, even if it’s just 15 minutes, do the exercise from yesterday and then come back. I’ll still be here waiting for you.)

OK, so you did it?

Yey! Well done you! πŸ˜€

Seriously, I know how easy it is to skip over stuff or tell yourself you’ll get to it later, but you did it so well done.

Unless you’re made of stone, that exercise should have left you feeling really pumped up and excited. I know just thinking about you doing it got me going!

I really am determined that this is going to be the last December ever where we look back on the year past and feel a bit sad because, if we’re honest with ourselves, we almost kinda, sorta wasted it a bit.

Starting January 6th we’re going to be working on really solid, concrete ways to make sure we remember and celebrate all the small wins in the year to come. That piece isn’t ready yet but as soon as it is, you’ll be the first to get all the gorgeous details.

In the meantime though, let’s get back to that dream of yours. All the stuff you allowed to pour out, unedited.

That stuff is important.

God made you to be you and those dreams and ambitions and passions, he put those there. Our job is to show up and take daily consistent action toward making those dreams a reality.

God’s big enough and clever enough and wonderful enough to give us a nudge if we’re getting off course but if we’re not showing up and doing the work, we won’t ever get started.

Depending on how long you gave yourself to write, you might have a massive load of different stuff written down.

All of it is important to you but now is the time to think about whether all of it is important to you in the next 12 months.

That’s today’s challenge.

And for this one, you’re going to need a pen and either some sticky notes or lots of little pieces of paper. Don’t let stationary (or lack of it!) hold you back. You don’t have to wait until you can get to the shops. If you don’t have sticky notes, just get whatever paper you have and cut it into small pieces as we go.

It’s not about making it look pretty. Lots of these pieces of paper are going to end up in an envelope in a drawer anyway (I’ll get to that in a moment) so just improvise if you need to.

OK, so now you’ve got your paper and pen, you’re going to go back through the stuff you wrote yesterday and, taking each thing in turn, God helping you, you’re going to decide if it’s something for the next 12 months, something for later, or something for one day maybe.

Trust your instinct.

Try not to second guess yourself.

There are no right or wrong answers and if you change you’re mind later, that’s ok πŸ™‚

“Father God, thank you for all the dreams and ambition and excitement you give me. Those passions you put on my heart, I really want this next 12 months to be the time I make those happen.

I also know though that it’s really easy to take on too much, get overwhelmed, and end up doing nothing, so please help me now as I go through these things. Help me to know which are for now, which are for later, and which are just maybes.

Help me to hear the whisper into my heart as I go through each item.

Help me to trust and just go with it, even if some of the things for the next 12 months, I don’t know how they could even be possible.

Thank you.”

That’s my prayer for you and me as we do this exercise together. There are no right or wrong answers. We can change our mind. We just need to go with it and trust.

When you’re done, you going to need to find yourself two envelopes and some blue tac or sticky tape.

Write ‘Later’ and ‘One day maybe’ on the front of the envelopes and whichever things you decided belong in those groups, put the pieces of paper in them. Close the envelopes and put them into a drawer.

They are now safe. Those dreams and ambitions can still happen one day. You haven’t lost them, said goodbye to them or let go of them.

They’re out of your brain and in a safe place so that you can focus on those dreams that are ready to happen right now.

And now, everything that’s left, the things that you decided were for the next 12 months, you’re going to stick them up somewhere where you can see them every day.

On your white board. Above your desk. On the fridge. I don’t much care where you put them. You just have to keep them visible, every day.

God talked about doing this in Habakkuk. He had the people write his revelation down nice and big so it could be seen on the run.

You might not literally run every day but I’ll bet you don’t slow down all that much. Life moves fast. The pace is hurried. We want to write down your ‘next 12 months’ dreams and hang them up somewhere obvious, so we don’t miss them.

Ready? Get to it.

And in case you need the same reminder as yesterday …

Yes, you might wonder what the point is. It might feel silly or stupid or like this is a waste of time. You might be tempted to skip it completely. Don’t. Just acknowledge that it feels a bit daft, and do it anyway.

Even if you decide not to play in January, even if you do nothing more with these things you’ve written down other than stick them up, even if you think this is the silliest, most pointless thing you’ve ever done, it doesn’t matter.

Just by getting really clear on what you want and when you want it, you’re already ahead of the game. You should give yourself a pat on the back and smile, because this stuff is going to be super useful and important in making 2014 your best year ever and I am already so, so proud of you for getting this far.

Now, get to it!

Read this if every December you feel a little bit sad and regretful

It’s not the done thing to admit it, but every year for the last three years, I’ve started to look back on the year past and ended up feeling like a little bit of a failure.

Usual practice right about now is to focus on all the things you’re thankful for. A family who loves you. A warm home. Food on the table. A safe place to live. It’s easy to list off all the little things that make day to day life happy.

And of course I’m thankful for all those things and more.

I don’t believe every single day is meant to be wonderful but I do believe there are wonderful, smile-worthy things in every single day.

However.

There is this thing eating at me, nudging me forward. A belief that there is so much more left that I haven’t done yet. Dreams and aspirations that are still untapped.

I know Christians are meant to say that if they died today, they’d be happy because they’d be in a better place but you know what? I’m not ready for heaven yet. If I died today, I’d be pretty cross with myself for not having done the things I really believe I’m meant to be doing.
That’s not to mention I’d be cross at not seeing my children grow up and all that stuff, that’s a given. But right now I’m talking about ambition and legacy.

Most days it doesn’t bother me but then we get to the end of another year and I can’t help myself. I look at the big picture and feel like I wasted it.

It’s easy to skip over all the little things that have gone together to make this year wonderful. It’s human nature to forget about or discount the small wins.

The massive thing that’s been pulling at me still hasn’t happened so let’s write off the whole of 2013 as a failure!

What if we didn’t?

What if it were possible to look back on the past year and remember all the wonderful things. All the cool stuff that did happen. All the smiles and the laughter?

And what if were possible future-proof the next 12 months?

What if we could do stuff that would ensure that this is the last December ever, where we end it feeling let down or sad?

If any of this sounds even remotely familiar, I have a challenge for you …

Grab your favourite notebook and pen (yes, you can go all digital on me and open a google doc if you like. The experts will remind you of the tangible nature of pen and paper, but I just want you to let the words pour out unedited and sometimes that’s a lot easier via the keyboard.)

Imagine that it’s a year from now.

We’re at the end of 2014 and you’ve had the best year ever.

What happened? What did you do? Who did you do it with? Where did you do it? How did you feel? What are you most proud of? What is putting the biggest grin on your face?

Think about it. Imagine it. Feel it.

And then write it all down.

Don’t edit yourself. Don’t discount or limit yourself. Don’t think about any limitations or exceptions or excuses.

Just write.

Don’t even think too much. Just put pen to paper or fingers to keys and let it all flow out.

Keep going.

Don’t stop.

You can do this.

Just write.

(Are you doing it in your head and have told yourself you’ll get to it properly later? Nope, I can’t read your mind. I just know what I’m like and I’m certain it’s not just me. Doing it in your head isn’t going to cut it this time.

Yes, I know, everyone tells you to do the exercises, that it’s important and you shouldn’t skip it. And you nod along but don’t actually do it. Do us both a favour and do it this time. You can thank me later.)

OK, are you ready?

Great! Close this blog post and get to it. You might wonder what’s the point. You might think it’s stupid. You might doubt this has any value at all.

That’s ok. Do it anyway πŸ™‚

You have 24 hours. Part 2, where we dig into how any of this might help, goes live, same time tomorrow. And between you and I, I’m more than just a little bit excited πŸ˜€

Until then,
Keep smiling πŸ™‚

What if the tension between your hopes, dreams & aspirations and God’s will is actually fake?

With just 5 weeks left until Christmas, I’ve been thinking a lot about next year and what The Itchy Soul 2.0 is going to look like. I have big dreams for 2014, really big dreams.

But it’s at times like this that I start to doubt myself. Maybe it’s not just me?

Maybe you have all these hopes and dreams and aspirations, stuff that you’d really, really love to do. And they eat at you because you didn’t do them yet, but then you let yourself off the hook a little by wondering if maybe it just isn’t God’s timing.

It happened with Give A Brick and our first project to build a community centre in South Wales. For two years we did nothing – total blackout. Was that God and his perfect timing or was it me, being a little bit less proactive than I probably should have been?

Two years later, Redrow were building houses opposite and their site manager helped us save thousands of pounds. Was that God and his perfect timing or was it God, able to take ‘less proactive than I should have been’ me and turn the situation to good?

There’s no way of knowing the answer but that makes it so easy to get into a pickle.

I’ve been in churches that have felt like they’re using the ‘we need to pray about it’ line as an excuse for procrastination but at the same time, knowing that Jesus didn’t do anything without talking to his dad about it first. See? Pickle-tastic!

I have hopes and dreams and aspirations and I’d love those to line up with God’s best so how do we move forward, (prayerfully) taking action and do so within the remit of the big picture, when all we can see is one tiny little piece?

It’s enough to make a girl want to pick up her ball and go home.

But deciding that you’re not playing any more isn’t really an option.

What if God made you exactly as you are, quirks and foibles and all, and those things you call gifts (or maybe those things you do so easily you take them for granted but other people would call them gifts?) what if he put them there?

What if the stuff that drives you, the passion and excitement you have, the desire to make something happen, what if that was God too?

What if your hopes, dreams and aspirations were whispered into your heart, years before they ever entered your conscious thought, by a loving Dad who loves to see you smile?

What if, instead of wasting energy and heartache worrying about whether what you’re doing is part of God’s big picture, you instead delighted in each new day, said “Good morning dad, what shall we do today?” and then stepped forward, moment by moment, confident that he knows and loves you enough that you don’t need to worry?

What might that look like?

And how might your hopes, dreams and aspirations feel as you look forward to 2014 if you knew that all this and so much more, God has in store for you?

Sounds exciting doesn’t it? πŸ˜€

Until next time, keep smiling πŸ™‚

Do you need to be more dog?

There’s an advert doing the rounds here on the telly where a cat suddenly ‘sees the light’, tunes into the joy of embracing life, and declares that he will be more dog.

Chewing sticks. Running with abandon through long grass. Greeting everything and everyone with wonder and delight.

It’s just an advert so there’s no harm in it (and there’s lots to be said for greeting each day with delight) but, in real life, what would happen if different species decided to stop being the creatures they were created to be and, instead, starting copying the animals around them?

What if the chicken, seeing how relaxed looking the cow is, decided to stop rushing around pecking at stuff and instead, just ate a little bit of corn, every now and then, and chewed each piece 15 times?

And what if the goldfish, seeing the contented, smug looking cat on the other side of the glass, decided to try living on land for a little while instead?

And the snail, seeing how much fun the bird has, what if he decided to ditch his shell and take up flight?

It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’d lost the plot but really, isn’t that what we do?

How many times have you wished you were more like so and so?

Or maybe you looked at the life one person had created, and tried to figure out how to reverse engineer it, so you could have the same life?

It’s great to look to others for inspiration of course. I’m not saying don’t be encouraged or inspired or uplifted by other people, but you are only seeing their show reel, the highlights. You don’t see all the backstage stuff.

What if instead of needing to make a bunch of changes to be more like someone else, all you really needed to do was step up and be more you?

The you on a good day you. The made in the image of God you.

Thinner. More patient. More organised. Better focussed. More loving. Taller. More Godly. Cleverer. More eloquent.

The list could go on and on.

What if all of that stuff was irrelevant?

What if you didn’t need to be more or less of anything?

What if God, in his infinite wisdom, made and loved you, just the way you are? The perfect vessel into which he can pour all his love?

What might today look like if you really knew and believed that to be true?

What if?

What if the entire paradigm is wrong?

One of the things I love most about being an entrepreneur is the freedom.

With the children in school from nine until three, the usual routine is to work during those hours so that when they come home, it’s family time.

And mostly that works out great (although all too often, my longed for ‘family time’ turns into ‘playing taxi while one or more of them go to after-school club, netball or choir’ but I digress.)

Occasionally though, I bunk off for the day.

Like yesterday, my husband and I saw ‘Gravity’ and it was brilliant!

Going to the cinema in the middle of the day or going out for a meal, just the two of us, it feels very indulgent but hey, why not?

If I wanted to be tied to my desk for six hours every day, Monday to Friday, school holidays off, I’d go back to being a teacher. There’s far more certainty and it makes long term planning loads easier!

But you know what? I get far more done in two or three super-focussed hours than I ever did in a week as a teacher.

And I’m happier.

And I get to bunk off whenever I want to.

And I don’t have the stress of dealing with other people’s children.

It’s fab!

You were not put on this planet to live to work. You were put here to live and love and thrive.

We’re taught that we should work hard at school, go to university, get a job (hopefully one that doesn’t make us want to poke our own eyeballs out but if it does, just man up, that’s why it’s called work. You’re not meant to enjoy it!) and save all the fun stuff for the weekend (by which time you’re probably too exhausted from the work week to actually chill out and enjoy it but whatever.)

Whether you’re in a job or self-employed or something else entirely, this whole thinking about the way the world works, pervades every inch of society.

I write about the freedom to do what I want, when I want and yet still feel compelled to justify it by explaining that I work later when the children are in bed.

Or I bunk off on a Wednesday but play catch up on Friday. Get the hours in. Don’t slack off.

What if that entire paradigm was wrong?

It’s good to work. Doing work we love can bring a sense of purpose and make a difference to the people around us and the wider world. At a more basic level, it puts food on the table and warms our homes.

But it’s not all there is.

Jesus asked,

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

He was asking that while talking about our relationship with God but let’s expand that idea of soul for a moment and just think …

What good will it be to work so hard and have all the money and security and certainty your little heart desires, and yet forfeit your relationships with the people you love most and your sense of peace and happiness?

This isn’t a downer on money or stuff. Jesus isn’t saying you shouldn’t have things. He isn’t saying you shouldn’t work.

What he is asking is, what’s the point in having all that stuff, if you’re still not in a good place?

You could be the richest person on the planet but if your relationships stink, if all you do is work and work and never take time to look around you at the beauty in each new day, if every day you hurtle around at full speed, never pausing, is that really living?

What might your today look like if you stepped away from your computer and took a walk? (And I’m not talking about a quick once around the block before hitting your to-do list again!)

What if you did something today that you would usually reserve for a weekend?

What if you picked just one work thing to do and literally only did that?

What if you took the entire day off?

What if you started each new day open to the possibility of fun and joy and love and people?

What if you expected that stuff, every day?

Lots of what ifs today. Please don’t add them all to a to-do list. That would be totally missing the point! πŸ˜‰

What if you took just one, tried it for size, claimed it as your own and then took it for a test drive for the day?

Go on, I dare you! πŸ˜‰

 

 

Read this if you were feeling fabulous but then found yourself in a suck because of someone else.

I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only one who has experienced this …

The day seems to be going along quite nicely and then bam! One random comment or conversation and you can feel your spirits landing in your boots.

It happened to me on Monday. I’ll spare you all the sordid details but it wasn’t fun, not even a little bit.

Feeling flat and low doesn’t sit with me very well so I was determined to find a way to get past it, regardless of the circumstances around me that day.

It was as I was pondering on how to get happy again that I was reminded of how brilliant, thinking about good, lovely, nice stuff is.

Paul wrote:

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

I’d love to be able to tell you that I thought about nice stuff and right away, I felt better but it doesn’t always work like that.

What did happen though was that by not thinking about the grump I was in, I was kinder to the people around me which in turn had the knock on effect of them being lovely to me and eventually, within half an hour or so, the meh feeling was gone.

Magic πŸ™‚

And so now it’s over to you. If you were feeling wonderful but now today feels less than stellar, it’s time to start pondering on the kinder, lovelier, pure and noble things in your day.

Sometimes that is sooo much easier to say than it is to actually do but what if you just gave it a little try? You don’t even have to believe it’ll help. You just have to try πŸ™‚

And of course, I’d love to hear what happened. Hit ‘reply’ or drop me a note on Facebook or Twitter if you’re open to sharing it with other people too and let’s see just how powerful the noble, pure, lovely, excellent things in life can really be πŸ™‚

 

What if what you expected was actually what happened?

A funny thing happened on Friday …

After taking most of Thursday off to help my husband celebrate his birthday, I broke with my usual Friday tradition of lots of fun and very little work and instead, wrote a (fairly optimistic) list of all the things I would get done.

It wasn’t one of those insane lists that you actually have zero intention of ever seeing the bottom of and I didn’t keep adding to it or deviating from it.

But all that said, it was a challenging list.

A challenge that I fully expected I would rise to. I believed it was all easily within my grasp (so long as I didn’t allow myself to get distracted!) and totally doable.

And the funny thing that happened?

I proved myself right!

What I expected had totally come true. Not just a little bit: totally. Down to the letter.

And that’s when this thought popped in my head and I wrote the word ‘expecting’ on my white board as a reminder for this week.

What if every day we expected specific things?

What if every day we didn’t just hope or cross our fingers but actually believed and claimed it as already ours?

The word ‘hope’ is used a lot in the bible. We talk about hope when we actually mean ‘maybe’ or think it comes down to luck or good fortune.

Biblical hope though is different.

Biblical hope is about expectation. Belief. Stepping forward. Claiming it.

What would your today look like if you stepped into it with a sense of expectation?

And do you know what you’d like to be expectant about? That piece is super important because, as the Cheshire Cat said to Alice:

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to end up just anywhere! So our challenge for today is to decide where we’d like to be headed:

Maybe God has put a burning passion in your heart and that’s the thing you wanted to be moving toward?

Then step forward, one foot in front of the other, expecting that that thing you’re after, God has already written the script.

And as ever, remember, you’re not in this alone.