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What is distracting you from putting Jesus first?

08:30 26 February 2013

The Reverend Alastair McCollum.

The Reverend Alastair McCollum.


Is clutter filling up your life?

We have started the ‘big sort out’ in preparation for moving later this year. What this means is that the ‘stuff’ we have accumulated is being whittled down and we are considering why we have what we have and whether or not it is important to us, or whether it is just ‘stuff’.

It’s proving to be a good opportunity to take stock and think about what is really precious and what is just ‘filler’.

It seems very appropriate that we are doing this during Lent, which is a time to consider the things which clutter our lives and to get back to the basics of our faith.

Even in the church we clutter up the faith we hold dear with things which aren’t essential: buildings, vestments, services, words and more. They can add value, but can also be a distraction from putting Jesus first.

What are your distractions?


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