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Minister's Monthly Letter - February

Stars in their Eyes!

Dear friends,

This Monday at Bromyard Road's Monday Fellowship we watched the DVD of 'Stars in their eyes', a star-studded performance put on by Bromyard Road in January 2006, 12 years ago! It was great to see so many folk of all ages involved and to be reminded of the talents of so many members, even the minister!

As I watched myself trying to sing I have to say that I cringed at my own performance and could not believe how much I have changed, physically, my hair was black back then! I am sure the performance was not that bad, (or maybe it was), but it was great fun and the money we raised for charity was well worth the embarrassment.

There were many acts from other members of the congregation and perhaps my personal favourite was Cinderella, but how folks have changed, that was 12 years ago and we all look so different today and not so agile perhaps!

This month we are holding our Covenant service's as we do every year at this time and as we look back on our Christian walk with God I wonder how much change we see in our own lives? As we watch DVD's of past events we see changes in our outward appearance but the Covenant Service gives us opportunity to look back at our spiritual walk with God, to reflect on what God is doing in our own lives.

As the years march on I am so thankful for opportunities like this in the life of the church to draw a line in the sand and seek, with the help of our Lord, to be, more like Him in the future. But this relies on us having an openness with God, to lay down our wills and be prepared to be living sacrifices. This means being real with God and with ourselves, to recognise the need for change in us, both in the way we live our lives and our priorities.

Often our response might be that we tried before to walk more closely with God but failed, what's to say it's going to be any different this time, I might fail again.

'As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. "Well," trainer said, "when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free." The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn't, they were stuck right where they were. Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?'

As we enter into this New Year I pray that we will see the need to change our priorities, to make Jesus Lord in every area of our lives and to allow His Holy Spirit to change and transform us, don't give up at the first hurdle, God is still able to transform us if we but trust Him.

Every Blessing

Jon