What You See Depends On Where You Are Looking

Whilst racing out the door, have you ever frantically looked for your car keys, and then after an agonising search discovered them on the kitchen bench right in front of your eyes? It happens to me more often than I like. It seems that what we can see is rarely a matter of whether or not we have 20/20 vision. When …

Being able to choose doesn’t make you free

Jesus spoke words of hope to the frantically busy and chronically tired: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my …

Landing somewhere very specific

Today, more than ever, we have a legion of opportunities before us. We can choose where we work, where we live, what we do for leisure, who we spend time with and how we spend our money. And this rich variety of options only continues to grow with each new day. But, of course, to make the most of these …

Miraculous at the Extreme

As Jesus ate his last supper with the disciples, he already knew some important information: that Judas would betray him, Peter would deny him, and the rest (who would run away at his arrest) didn’t have a clue what was going on. Knowing all this, Jesus got up from the table and washed the disciples’ feet – a task no …

Doing what we know

We know lots about lots. Or rather, we get lots of data about lots of things. A tsunami of information comes at us via TV, radio, newspapers, email, Facebook and twitter, and if there’s anything we don’t know, we just jump onto Google and find it. So much of everything is available right at our fingertips. This can be very …

Observing Jesus

If I was an observer at the time of Jesus, I could easily have missed his significance. His beginning was dubious, given his teenage mother was pregnant and unmarried(Mat 1:18), and his parents were nothing to write home about (Luke 1:26-27). When he started speaking publicly it was a bit of a surprise to those who knew him. They only thought …

Within Range of Miracle Territory

Can you remember the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone else? No doubt, you’ll have a variety of failures to choose from. For all of us, some days have definitely been better than others. As I consider my failures, I really wish I could turn back the clock and undo the damage – the cutting words, the destructive actions. …

Boundary of Belief

If you’re anything like me, every now and then you have ‘fragile’ moments. These are moments when you see your weaknesses so clearly that no amount of considering your positive points can hide your disappointment with yourself. The internal voice whispers, “You should be doing better than this,” followed closely by “but you’re not.” The voice carries on: “There you …

Living Out Of The Mid-Range

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter” I am in danger of living my entire existence in the mid-range of life. This is a safe place because it’s under my control. I don’t need to rely on anyone or anything else because, in this place, I have enough resources to …