Saturday, 11 June 2011

The Well, an open space?

I have been thinking about The Well, just like everyone else from West Auckland Community Church (WACC) and maybe the community of West Auckland as well, excuse the pun.

'The Well, an open space'
West Auckland, Co Durham
The Well is a project from WACC which is more than just a building; a space used to operate the ministries that God is calling us to. Throughout the church we have used the word empty canvas, a shop front with windows and an open door leading into an empty space waiting for our Creator to reveal though His people the picture. I believe He has done that already, but it's a matter for all the strands to come together, not by us, but by the Grace of God.

For me, the excitement is waiting to see how God will use this place. From my past experiences in a relatively short time as a follower of Christ, whatever that is, our minds will be blown away! I can't help thinking about it being a meeting place for all generations and all backgrounds, where you walk in as you are. A friend told me about a bench very close to The Well, which estate agents would describe as, "having access to all major routes." Where people of a 'certain' generation, depending on the time of the day, meet and pass their time away together. Whatever God has planned for The Well, it will certainly be a  place to pass the time, where relaxing, refreshing and renewal will be a part of this space. A demonstration of God's Kingdom.

We wait to see...

More information about The Well is available at the WACC website.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Uncertainty in an uncertain world?

We are living in times of change. Where the things that we once relied upon are no longer anchors in our very fragile lives. These so called anchors have held us back and even sunk a few people during the storms of life. So we find ourselves clinging on to anything that we think is true,  "from a certain point of view" that last line was from Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars! It's the "from a certain point of view" that challenges me as a Christian.

Making the 'right' decision I find very difficult.  Do we take the usual road that appears easy, but gets us in to all kinds of problems and feeling pretty awful at the end or do we take another route? A road full of challenges, where we may have to stand out from the crowd, have our opinions questioned and even our intentions challenged, even though we know deep down this is the 'right' choice. Unfortunately I still find myself making the wrong choices in life. That's were "from a certain point of view" comes into play. Actually, what I really mean is from 'my point of view', which causes me problems and then find myself grabbing onto an anchor to find security where there is only my insecurities.

When I first became a Christian I was given by a member of our church a wrist band with WWJD. For weeks I just didn't know what it meant then it dawned on me, what would Jesus do? That's what I want to do more of, making decisions 'from Jesus' point of view'. Colossians 3:1 gives words of guidance in making our choices, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." No longer do we need to grab hold of our so called anchors and insecurities of our life, but hold on to solid foundations through Jesus our Lord.