Melanie and I were very blessed when moving to the church at Tahunanui, to discover they had decided to build a new house for the minister. At the start of the build we went to look at the outline of the timber framing. As we thought about the placement of the rooms Melanie noticed the framing was too small to fit everything in. The builders then had to enlarge the foundation to support the planned size of the building. A sure foundation is very important for any building.
Anthony wanted to live a holy life focused on God, so he gave away his land, sold his possessions and retreated into the desert to get away from it all. Ironically, this led to him becoming famous, having a book written about him, becoming a tourist attraction visited by pilgrims and even receiving a letter from the emperor. Anthony died in 356AD. Christians throughout history have sought to live holy lives.
How are you coping with the current lockdown? Where would you put yourself on a scale of 1-10 where 1 is anxious and 10 is hopeful? I move up and down the scale. At the one o’clock press conference I tend towards anxious, maybe a 4 on the scale, but when I am in prayer I tend towards hopeful, maybe an 8. In Proverbs we read, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12) We can easily become “heart sick” in times like these when our longing for a “normal” life is unfulfilled. Today we are thinking about “living hope”. This is part of our current sermon series Living the good life. Hope is an essential ingredient in living a good life.