WEEKLY COLUMN: Rev David Marvin

My 15-year-old-daughter is in the process of making decisions that will undoubtedly affect her long term future as she prepares to enter into further education.

She and all those in her peer group have their own personal dreams and ambitions; they all have things that they are aiming for just as we all have had in the past and hopefully will continue to have in the future.

We’ve all had aspirations of reaching the pinnacle of success and happiness yet, I guess for most of us, when we look at the reality of our situation, many of those dreams that we had have not panned out in quite the way we had hoped for a variety of different reasons.

We then often adjust our dreams to accommodate or get round the obstacles that have got in the way, we find excuses for not achieving our goals, and we might even be tempted to give up on them.

And as a result it’s easy to think that we have failed in life and that life in general has failed us.

Life can play some cruel tricks on us leaving us scarred and scared to put ourselves in positions where any future dreams might result in more failures and more pain. As a result it’s tempting to sit back and let the world and life pass us by, thinking that there is nothing left to work towards.

But the message the Bible gives to everyone is that even if you feel like giving up, even if people may have given up on us and we feel we have no one to turn to, Jesus tells us that we can turn to him.

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.

He also said in John’s Gospel, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”.

These are words of encouragement given to every one of us at the times when we feel that we have failed and that we have no-one to turn to.

We have the assurance that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour.