Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Something different

You will have to help me remember where I saw it. An advertising slogan, ‘When was the last time you did something for the first time?’

It could be original, but I have a feeling that I came across it on a previous occasion, maybe slightly different wording but the same message.

What brought it back to mind recently was one of my regular visits to the University of Sussex, where I have a support role in Christian Union meetings.

I was on campus to have tea with several students, and, having half an hour or so to spare, I decided to attend one of the weekly music recitals in the chapel, which, in around two decades of working with the CU, I had never done before.

It turned out to be such an uplifting experience. Six members of the flute ensemble entertained us with a variety of pieces, making us feel good and able to face the rest of the day! I was only sorry that the Pachelbel Canon was not included, but that will doubtless come into the programme at some point in the future.

There are dozens of things I have never attempted, and probably never will, like taking a ride on the London Eye (fear of heights), swimming in the Channel (not too experienced in the water) or driving a train.

Actually, I do have a few plans, but, knowing my propensity for procrastination, I will not list them here.

Distant hopes, impossible to realise? I think not. All within the bounds of credibility.

These objectives I am happy with, but I agree that they will only be temporarily satisfying.

When I read the testimony of King David in one of the Old Testament psalms: ‘The Lord brought me into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me’(18,19), I begin to appreciate that I am in the same position, and have a lot more to enjoy of God’s goodness and grace.

I can enter in to so many wonderful blessings that He has to share with me that I have never previously come across. Where could my courage take me?

A step, many steps, further into the love and joy of my heavenly Father, places that I have never been to in all my years of knowing Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

Will you join me on the journey?