Mental Hostility: (from Reaching Out)
Fear and hostility are not limited to our encounters with burglars, drug addicts or strangely behaving types. In a world so pervaded with competition, even those who are very close to each other, such as classmates, teammates, colleagues in work, can become infected by fear and hostility when they experience each other as a threat to their intellectual or professional safety.”
This is one of the most depressing things to observe – especially in Christian work – where we could be working together, doing great things, but ego still fights through (and even noted in the way that things that are funded – when it becomes more “dangerous” to give things away/share for free…). Big Bible was set up to allow a space to share what’s already on the net, and also to add some new content to that, and those values can be tricky to adhere to always… Had been thinking about this this morning – and pinned the above pic to Pinterest!
As Genesis 2:18 says: “It is not good for man to be alone.”
The Example of Jesus: Hebrews 12:1-3
Almost a “WWJD” verse? We have a race before us (our own race, but we can encourage others also in their races, support what they are doing, etc.) – Jesus is the one we look to to inspire us, also remembering that he endured the Cross … so that we may not “grow weary or lose heart.”
Prayer: Teach us to disregard the difficulties/hostilities aimed at us, knowing nothing can remotely equal the ignominy of death on the cross.
I always think that this kind of comment should be accompanied by a note that the cross was horrendous, but that doesn’t mean that our sufferings do not count… God is with us in them…
Christmas Action: Take responsibility today for one action you would rather not claim. That’s a saying that is accompanied by a slightly sick feeling, though I can’t think of anything I’d want to do this about at the moment … usually the sick feeling won’t go away til action is taken … so… ones I can think of done at the mo!
Now, what did Pam write?
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.