This summer, my family and I have been swimming at the local swimming pool on quite a few occasions.
We have enjoyed each swim especially on the hot days!
The other day, I noticed that there were a lot of people at the pool.
Some were swimming and playing in the water and having lots of fun, there were a few jumping and diving into the pool, others were sitting on the grass or on chairs near the pool. There was even a parent sun-baking and they were oblivious to what their child was doing and thankfully no-one was struggling to swim while they were in the water!
The scene at the pool reminded me of a picture that I saw when the teenagers were completing the Youth Alpha course last year.
In the picture, you can see the people are all doing a variety of things.
The question that was put to the teens (and I am now putting it to each of you who are reading this) is – “If the water in the swimming pool represents your relationship with God, which person in the picture represents you?”
As we start the new school year, I would like to encourage you to think about which person represents you and your relationship with God and to then ask yourself, “Do I need to take steps so that I can jump into the pool or do I need to take steps so that I can keep swimming and having fun in the pool?”