Friday, June 13, 2008

1%

This last weekend while I was at Frenzy I took the opportunity to attend a pre festival get together of some leaders where the frenzy organisers shared their vision with the crowd.

God really spoke to me through a little thing that Jimmy Dowds, Pastor of the vine church in Dunfermline said at the end.

He talked about relaxing and being content with what God had given us. Thanking God for what he had given us and leaving the rest with Him.

I fully believe that we need to work hard for things and go for the best we can but sometimes this can rob us of enjoying what we have have. It brought me back to a conversation I had with my mum when I was about 15. I ran home to tell her that I had just scored 99% in my maths exam. Her response, Its a pity about the 1%!

Listening to Jimmy it was like God was telling me that I was sometimes focusing on the 1% too much. For the recent Ultimate Event we were looking for around 8000 to attend that was what in raw number terms would have represented success. We did around 9400. But I still came away feeling a little down because we had not reached 10,000.

This quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon sums it up:

"You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled."

What have you missed out thanking God for today because you are too focused on the 1% that you do not have?

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