Today’s #lentphotos = “a wild animal” – well, here’s one from the/a source of the Nile from Sunday!!
It’s a really simple quote today ““Come, live with me and you’ll know me.”, but very profound… it’s such a simple command, but one that we add so many extra instructions to … we make it so difficult for ourselves… I certainly know that I do! We’re often so busy doing, that we’re too busy to “be” … God wants us to slow down, he doesn’t want us wearing ourselves out for him….
Today’s Bible Verse:
GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me. (John 15:4)
Love today’s – it’s not about the big things, it’s about being intentional to make others day better … I certainly enjoyed today – my Winchester dentist always makes me smile – in both ways (why I still go to Winchester for the dentist, despite moving to Durham!), then I met a number of colleagues from my previous workplace, had brief chats – then met a friend for lunch and another for coffee before best part of 6 hours on a train with 2 novels! Much needed encouragement despite short time frame 🙂
Another challenging piece from Brian as he encourages us to ‘strip the layers away’ – in looking not only at who we are (self), but whose we are (God/community) – and then truly being able to understand ‘love others as yourself’:
Not that it’s our job to be all things to everyone. We end up becoming little but an act, a collection of disposable personae, if we’re not careful. (And who wants just a persona from you? Can you imagine Jesus offering that?) But when we are willing to find our true self, in order to give it truly, this is the act of truly selfless love.
In the depths of fear, deep in the wilderness, caught up in anger and pain, we may not feel that, but it remains a truth to cling to – sometimes all we can cling to.
I gave myself 24 hours off from blogging today, so this was written 6th March, in a slightly jetlagged fashion!
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.