#LentPhotos: A Journey
Well, that’s an easy one – almost exactly 24 hours ago I took this photo as we prepared for 9ish hours back to the UK – thankfully I slept for most of it (good journey in my books), and watched Life of Pi
C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
Bree. “Slavery is all I’m fit for. How can I ever show my face among the free Horses of Narnia? … Of course you were braver and cleverer than them. You could hardly help being that. It doesn’t follow that you’ll be anyone very special in Narnia. But as long as you know you’re nobody very special, you’ll be a very decent sort of Horse, on the whole, and taking one thing with another.”
This is a really interesting insight into “pride” – and I know we so often look for things that we can do that others will praise us for … and sometimes being a ‘big fish in a small pond’ can go to the head… Accompanied by the idea that we have been encouraged to remember in Uganda – everything we have is a gift from God (material goods, and skills..) and therefore whatever we do – we’re nothing special… but we are all special! Makes sense?
Bible: 2 Timothy 1:7
Makes me think what does “power, love and self-discipline” look like in the service of God.
Pray: We thank you that we are all equal in your eyes, and that we would remember that we are special to you, but no more special than any other.
Bit disappointed again in today’s – another post that says that with social media we have lost ‘real relationships’ and that all surprises need to be done face-to-face – I get some great surprises, and the biggest encouragements, from friends who I see more often online than anywhere else.. But yes, look for opportunities to surprise people!
And another inspiring thought from Brian Draper which ties in well with today’s #BigRead13:
I don’t have a life, depending on whether I’m successful or not. And it’s not ‘mine’ to do with what I like. It is life. I am life. As you are life, too.
We are life, and have been given life – regardless of whether we are successful (particularly in the world’s eyes)…
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) 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.