When I left my last job, a good friend gave me a sign with the inscription ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’. I’m sure we can all relate to this thought in one-way or another. When asked to do something we naturally run a mile from, we nearly always find that, if willing, we grow through the experience (even if we never want to do it again!) Forest biking would be my thing…

Throughout the Bible we find God asking people to follow him – to be lights shining in the darkness – often in uncomfortable situations. Jesus taught and showed us how to love one another no matter what the barriers. If we’re to grow in love, surely we need to encounter people who are hard to love? If patience is to grow, surely we need to encounter those who frustrate us? And if we’re to mature in Jesus, surely we will face ungodly people and situations outside our comfort zone?

This month can I challenge you to take time to look at yourself and ask: who do I find it hard to love in and out of church? Offer this situation to God in prayer and ask his Spirit to help you grow. God has an amazing way of moulding us if we are open to Him.

Since joining the ministry team in September, Joy, Molly and I have felt very welcomed. Many of you are only able to make church on a Sunday and it would be great to get to know each of you better. Therefore do drop me a line – I am always happy to visit you for a chat and cup of tea. KJ

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11