My dear friends,
Almost half way through the year, I can hardly believe it, but it is true nevertheless. June and the summer stretches ahead, just out of reach but with endless possibilities. Some will be realised whilst others will remain just dreams and possibilities. But dreams are good, and possibilities aren’t foolish whims, but hope for a bright future, if only for a short time.
This month sees possibilities and dreams of a brighter future, hopefully for us all in the UK, as we take to the polling booths and exercise our democratic right to have a say in that future and how it should look. We elect our next government to speak and make decisions for us, and we have to decide who we think will do that best.
It’s true that some of those election promises might not be realised, but at this stage they are possible and may be achieved. So, we take a risk, take a chance, put our faith in something or someone who will work in our best interests.
We even put our faith in teachers, doctors, police forces and others in the hope that they may possibly make our world that bit better, now and in the future. If they ask anything of us, then somehow we manage to fit it in, find a little bit of extra cash or whatever it may be, because we want the possible to become the actual.
But when did you actually believe that of God or of His Church? Whether it be helping in a crisis, increasing numbers, reaching new people, giving helpful practical support or advice. The list is endless, as are the possibilities too, but we don’t see them as possibilities but as impossibilities. How can we change that? Answer: just by looking at things a little bit differently.
Just last week I came across this little quotation from Audrey Hepburn, of all people, but it certainly packs a punch and is a good way of living, especially as a Christian. So what is this quotation?
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
So, anything and everything is possible if we believe it is. Put our trust in God and turn our face to the Son, and the shadows will fall behind us.
When I was at school I wanted to be a teacher or a Social Worker. The possibility of going into Ordained Ministry was not even on the horizon. When I grew older and was involved in so many things in the church, people asked me about this possibility. But I always said it was impossible, for a variety of different reasons. When I went to University the same was true, but one by one my possible futures became closed off and, just before my finals, I had to put my complete trust in God for my future and focus on my exams.
On Trinity Sunday, 1988, God’s plan for my life became the only ossibility. After various selection procedures and several years at Theological College, I was ordained as a minister of His Church on 27th June 1992. Those of you who are good at maths can work out that’s 25 years this month - my silver anniversary. It’s an important occasion which I hope as many as possible will come along and celebrate with me (see elsewhere in the magazine). If God can turn around what is possible in my life, if I trusted in Him, and haven’t looked back, what can He make possible in your life? What can He make possible in our Churches? Why not trust in Him and His people and, together, possibilities become hopeful and real and just might be become reality. Trust and dream, the impossible is possible with God on our side. Don’t ever forget or fail to live that.
Til next time…