Thought for the week
SO THAT is January over already and maybe along with it resolutions about diet, exercise, unfinished DIY, and books we really should read.
Well done to any who are still persevering!
Whatever aspect of life we think about, persevering, keeping going is hard work. Not least in terms of our relationships.
When we are hurt, let down, badly treated, it is so easy to give up and cut the ties.
Maybe sometimes this has to be done, but often these days it seems anything but a last resort.
Jesus sets us great example in the way he refused to give up on his closest followers. They were a very mixed bunch, with likely suspicions among them. How would a man collecting taxes for the Romans, Matthew, be viewed by a Jewish patriot known as Simon the Zealot? And as far as Jesus and his mission were concerned how often did they misunderstand, misapply, or lack faith?
Yet never once did Jesus say, ‘I’m finished with you guys, I’m going to start with a new group.’
He didn’t give up then and at the heart of the Christian faith is the promise he won’t give up on any who trust him now.
Remembering that example should surely encourage us to persevere with each other.
After all like the disciples none of us are perfect. James Beaton Oban Free Church