You can’t kill off hope!

Sun spot on lounge floor

That little, white looking, mark on the floor, is actually the sun. It is the sun liking through a crack in a curtain.

First thing in the morning our lounge is really cold, so we light a small fire to make it warmer.

We open the curtains and, when it is sunny, the sun takes over to warm the lounge as the fire begins to die out. And that little sun spot – on the floor – reminds me not to surrender my hope. Where it is, the floor is warmer, no mater the cold around it!

Much like the temperature of our lounge, that fluctuates with the sun, we can choose to warm it via the fireplace, or open the curtains and let the real source of warmth in. And, as the lounge warms up, we open the door to the entrance hallway, and the heat then spreads through the rest of the home.

Of course we could skip the fire, and just be cold and miserable, in the hope that it warms up with out any effort on our part. But, like life, that just doesn’t happen! It’s often said that hope isn’t a strategy. But, it can be! Especially when that hope is not in a ‘something’, but it is placed upon a ‘someone’: that someone has a name, and His name is Jesus

In working out our lives as Christians, do we keep the curtains closed, knowing the that the Son [of God] is shining upon us? Or, do we open the curtains to let that heat in, and eventually open the doors to let that warmth – which we feel ourselves – be felt by others?

That little spot of the sun on my lounge floor encourages me to try and warm the lives of others, as Jesus warms my heart.

So be encouraged. Don’t let hope fade in your heart – even when we close the curtains on Jesus, He still shines upon us none the less.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:1-5 (New Living Translation)

Andy B


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9 Comments

  1. Being in Jesus rather than sun bathing is Son Bathing; as we need the heat of the sun we need the life giving source of the Son! Great post Andy!

    1. Amen.

      Love that line – “Being in Jesus rather than sun bathing is Son Bathing”.

      Great quote there Alan!

      Andy B

      1. Thank you Andy, use it if you have a post for it brother with my compliments 😊

        1. Thanks Alan

          Andy B

          1. Hi Andy, I must apologise brother…my post today has a strong link to following the sun (Son), even though it is not about sunbathing per say. You are still welcome to use the original comment though brother.

          2. Nout wrong with that! It’s for all Him. No need to ever apologise for something like that!!

            Andy B

      2. I agree, Andy! Great line, Alan!!! I am so thankful for both of you!!!

        1. Thanks Mandy! These wee lines are spiritual gifts from Father God, for which i am thankful…giving Him all the glory! God bless you sister.

        2. i love the mutual building up, and edification, of this blogging community

          we need more of this in our land and in our churches

          Andy B

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