Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Spring is in the air; there are pink and white cherry blos­soms and new leaves ev­ery­where, dead look­ing twigs have sud­denly be­come green.

The next time when your off to work, school or go­ing shop­ping, spare a few mo­ments and see the signs of new life be­gin­ning; see how much is chang­ing around you and how much new growth there is.

Spring is a time when we begin to feel hap­pier in our­selves, win­ter is gone and we look for­ward to a sum­mer with long days and short nights and hope­fully lots of sun­shine.

How­ever new life is vul­ner­a­ble; at this early time of the year the new life of buds, small leaves and the blos­soms on the trees and bushes can eas­ily be wiped away by rub­bing a thumb or fin­ger over them. There­fore it’s im­por­tant that we give time for new things to de­velop and grow.

New things in na­ture are al­ways small, a puppy or a kit­ten is tiny when first born even a new baby ele­phant is quite small, so it is the same with a hu­man baby. It’s pos­si­ble to hold a new-born baby in the crook of your arm; they are so small and vul­ner­a­ble. Yet, just like the buds on the bushes and trees, the po­ten­tial for the fu­ture is as­tound­ing.

New life needs to be care­fully pro­tected and given the time and space to de­velop. Each one of us is an ex­am­ple of what we once were, a small new-born life. New­ness in life comes to us in many dif­fer­ent forms; each new day is burst­ing with op­por­tu­ni­ties; new peo­ple to meet; new in­for­ma­tion to be read or to be heard; new time to fill; new prob­lems that need solv­ing; new needs to at­tend to; new places to go to: each op­por­tu­nity is like a new bud on a tree, at first we may not see all of the im­pli­ca­tions for the fu­ture.

The po­ten­tial ben­e­fit, if we were to get in­volved, may not be ob­vi­ous un­til we’ve al­lowed it to de­velop, un­til we’ve in­vested some of our time and en­ergy. One op­por­tu­nity of­ten leads to an­other one, how­ever if time and en­ergy is not given to the first one, then the sec­ond one won’t hap­pen.

But new op­por­tu­ni­ties are frag­ile to; a wrong word a sign of hes­i­ta­tion or doubt and they’re gone be­cause they usu­ally only ap­pear for a brief mo­ment.

So the next time you step out of your home this spring­time look for the signs of new life around you. New life gives a sense of what’s to come, a hint of sum­mer, op­ti­mism for the fu­ture and at the same time why not take a sim­i­lar ap­proach to what hap­pens in your own life. Look out for op­por­tu­ni­ties, make a point of say­ing some­thing to some­one you don’t know very well; look at what may be hap­pen­ing in your lo­cal school and com­mu­nity; find out if vol­un­teers are needed for pos­si­ble projects around the town.

Imag­ine what the po­ten­tial of any of th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties might be.

But do it quickly, the op­por­tu­nity may not come again. Bill McMillan, Parish Dea­con, St Colum­bkille’s.

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