Monthly Message

Mary and Jesus 

Welcome 2018!  Here we are, at the beginning of another New Year.  Just another day? Or have you made all sorts of resolutions to do things better, achieve more and avoid making mistakes in the coming year. Sometimes we set our expectations of ourselves unreasonably high, so that we are almost bound to fail, which can happen more at the start of a New Year than any other time.

I’m willing to bet that – whatever our resolutions may be – we will make mistakes in 2018 as we do every year, despite our best intentions. But that may not be such a bad thing. Neil Gaiman had something interesting to say on the subject:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, & changing your world.

Sometimes we try to organise things in our lives to eliminate risk, because risk can be scary with uncertain outcomes, and we may prefer to stick with what we know and feel safe with. But if we never take any risks, we lose the opportunity to make new discoveries about ourselves and our potential, and the mistakes that we will make will teach us for the future. Mistakes can be:

M essages that give us feedback about ourselves and about life.

I nterruptions that should cause us to think

S ignposts that direct us to the right path

T ests that push us towards greater maturity

A wakenings that reveal truth

K eys for unlocking doors of opportunity

E xplorations that allow us to journey to new places & situations

S tatements about life, and our progress & development

For me, I trust in God to lead me, which doesn’t mean I never make mistakes, because I have to try and discern what it is God is trying to tell me – and I know I often get that one wrong!

Whether you have made resolutions or not, I pray that you will know that God has a big eraser; the mistakes we make can lead us into better knowledge and greater truth if we have the humility to acknowledge them.

Happy New Year!

Rev’d Chris