As I was thinking about what to write for "July from the Vicarage", I came across this thought:
Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday.
Every day is a fresh start, a new beginning.....
The first day of the rest of your life.
Very wise advice, I think, but maybe not that easy to follow.
I wonder if any of the teams in the Football World Cup were advised by their managers to do this after a disastrous game early in the competition? I would imagine that many of them were, otherwise how could they ever play confidently again?
And the same is true for us, if our focus is always on the past and the mistakes we have made then we cannot move forward.
If we don't forgive those who have hurt us, then our lives will be spoilt as we harbour bitterness and regret.
God wants us to live our lives to the full. He wants us to enjoy all the blessings that he has given to us.
He knows that we all make mistakes, and have regrets but he wants us to have his peace and joy in our hearts not bitterness, anger or disappointment.
Every new day is a gift from God, and he wants us to use our time wisely to make a difference in the world.
We hope that July is a happy month for you and your families.
Tim and Norma
Apologies to those of you who are fed up of hearing about football!