Regular message from the Minister at Almondbury Methodist Church
Message from our Minister - Revd Tim Francis

Dear friends

During the summer we have moved out of the Wakefield Road Manse ready to move into the new manse when everything goes through. So this meant having to pack everything up for the move. As I was doing this it became more and more obvious of all the “stuff” and “clutter” I accumulated as yet another box filled up, mainly with books I have to say. It has given me an opportunity to have a bit of a sort out, especially of books. Now I love my books but when something has been on the shelf unread for a number of years, and you have no intention of reading it, then perhaps the time has come to pass it on. Or of course I could leave it in a box and put it in the loft just in case I want to read it in the future, but that would be a little like the man who built bigger barns to store all he had ( see Luke 12: 13- 21 ). This was a person who seems to rely on things to make him happy rather than a rich relationship with God. Jesus warns us against this but in today's world it can be so easy to think that having that something extra will make us happy. It might for a while but then we see something else that we think will make us even more happy and so have to have that.

Having things, be they books, clothes, gadgets or whatever is not bad in itself. I am a believer that God does provide such things, but I also believe we sometimes forget this. If all we have is provided by God then we surely should thank God for the things we have and use them wisely. Part of using them wisely is to know when to part with them too.

Perhaps there is something in your life that is cluttering it up. It could be objects or it could be an attitude or bad habit. As we start a new Methodist Year maybe it is an opportunity to have a clear out of such things, to make room for God in a new way and find greater riches than the world provides.

Every blessing


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