Thought for the Day HCR 104fm 11/9/18

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Diversion ‘I am the way’

Hello I am David Casey

A little over 17 years ago I was working in Washington DC, I returned to the USA a little over 12 months later this time to Boston and something had changed, a country had lost much of its confidence and direction. What had happened, today 17 years ago was, as our American cousins refer to it, 9/11. Can a country lose it’s way, I am not sure, but I know we can.

Have you been driving lately and become totally bemused on the roads by large numbers of diversion signs? I know I have despite the best efforts of our HCR104fm colleagues with the traffic news.

Suddenly coming upon a diversion sign and not sure if it applies to you or not. Or worse finding a yourself in the middle of a diversion not knowing which way to go and after driving a mile or two only to find it did apply to you and your way is blocked and having turned around to retrace your journey to who knows where. Or being lost on a diversion only to have sat nav keep telling you to turn around and take a road that you know is not going to be the right one. Or coming to a junction to find two diversion signs each pointing the opposite way to each other leaving you no clue as to which direction you should take.

For many people I meet their lives seem to be on a diversion route, not quite sure where they are and where they are going. Sometimes of them find their way to a church where they all to often find others similarly lost who are no real help. They to have lost the way.

In a recent series of studies in the bible one of the group, a rather elderly gentleman said to me, “I have been going to church all my life and yet I have never read the bible like this and never heard of Jesus as I find him here, reading it now the bible more makes sense and so does Jesus.”

The bible has been dismissed by many as irrelevant and outdated, sadly even in many churches. Many countries have attempted to ban it and prohibit anyone from reading. In other places it seems those who should know better ridicule the bible and dismiss it as irrelevant in our generation. All attempts to dismiss the bible have been met with the exact opposite. The number of people reading it and finding it speaks to them grows as they follow Jesus whom they find there. Today statistics reveal that among Millenials, roughly identified as those aged between 18 and 25, a greater percentage of them know a friend who reads the bible and is a true Christian than in any recent generation, and they hold those who read the bible and follow Jesus in very high regard as people they would trust. What a life changing book the bible is, and at it’s very heart is the person of Jesus himself and if the book about him is such a threat to the ways of men and women then so is he, it seems’.

In the Old Testament we read Psalm 119 verse 105 ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’ What better direction indicator could we wish for.

That promise has been a reality for over 2000 years and all attempts to prevent it have and will ultimately fail.

If we are looking for direction in our lives take a fresh look at the bible, read it with open hearts, open eyes and with open minds and you will be amazed. Read it yourself or find a group or another individual or group of people who also want to read and explore it, and read the unbiased truth of it in the same way, and you will share a fulfilling journey of faith together, notice I don’t say an easy life.

In an age of instant gratification and personalised truth, we are repeatedly exposed to the attitude. “Do want you want and your life is fulfilled”, when we are honest with ourselves and see that is not true, when we realise our lives need meaning and direction the good news is that Jesus offers direction and hope, but there is a cost.

There is a great modern interpretation of Jesus words in Matthews gospel 11:30 The Message

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

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