Dear Minster and Friends,
The life of a home schooling mum is never dull and right now the change in weather gives a fantastic opportunity to learn new things. If you take a look around the farm, or pretty much anywhere damp and moist just now, you’ll see mushrooms sprouting up. Having had a few walks around and spotting a lot of different ones, the paranoid mother in me decided to find out what the mushrooms are so as to be safe in case little fingers touch them! So being married to a tech geek I downloaded an app. We live in the app world most days discipling people in 173 countries, but this time it was time for us to learn from those things around us. Several clumps of mushrooms caught my eye. So I snapped them and it analysed them for me. Job done and save. Then another clump different colour, snap, job done. However, after a few snaps my saved file looked funny. First patch name… ‘deceiver’. Second patch… ‘deceiver’. Third patch… ‘deceiver’. They are so prolific and have such different forms they are everywhere. Then a walk in the wood and under a branch, a new mushroom all alone caught my eye. Snap, analyse and … ‘The Prince!’ It captured my attention and all the clumps of varied ‘deceivers’ were forgotten.
“Deceiver” mushroom “The Prince” mushroom
It got me thinking. There’s so much around us that deceives us and grabs our attention. Stuff that takes us away from our focus on the true prince, Jesus. Finances, houses, holidays, cars, work, family, materialism- you name it it’s out there clawing at us for our attention. Now stuff like that might be important but if it makes us take our eyes off the main focus of our lives, Jesus, then perhaps we need to readdress our priorities in order to obtain a balance. There are a lot of things deceiving people who’ve never had a chance to even encounter the ‘Prince of Peace’ too, and perhaps they need guiding to a place where they can take a look at him. Why not download the discover app on your phone and then if you meet someone seeking you can pass it on or start meeting with them to look at it.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
(This devotional was written by one of our church partners)