#BigRead13: Day 23: Maybe (inc @40Acts)

Todays #lentphotos is “a reflection”, and here’s a picture I took at Mottisfont Abbey as I was having a day of reflection, and a bit of time out (needed again soon, I think – wonder where’s best up north!):

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#BigRead13 Thoughts

So we move onto Prince Caspian, and in this Lucy is left wondering “if” she had pushed, whether things would have turned out differently – she didn’t, and that option is now closed – she will never know what would have happened, and will only know what will happen now if she tries. This reminds me of Susan Jeffers – who said there is no wrong path, just different paths [though that’s making me think about previous posts about “there is no other stream”] – different types of paths maybe?!], but anyway – no point dwelling on what might have been – we, as I am often heard to say in training courses, start from where we are – there’s no other place that we can start from!

New Living Translation (©2007)No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (Phillipians 3:13)

I remember, in my degree spending a bit of time in “What If” history (or Alternate History), and wondering – when there’s so much unstudied history, we were focusing on this, but as the purpose of history is often ‘sold’ as ensuring we don’t make the mistakes of the past – which means understanding what could have happened differently, and how to ensure things happen differently in the future.

Thinking about free will, steering of decisions (which sometimes still don’t always reconcile in my head) – always makes me think of Adrian Plass (A-Z), and his mention of “doors” – those things that always curiously seem to be opening and shutting for Christians in spiritual ways … can be a helpful notion – God’s big enough to cope with our stupid decisions and get us back on the path?!

@40Acts

This generally sums up an excellent post from Anna Drew today:

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Brian Draper: Lent 40

Was it easier for Jesus? I’m not so sure. Take time: he died at 33. Just when most of us are trying to climb a ladder, he was descending into hell. How many years’ advantage do we already have on him? Yet how often do we catch ourselves thinking, ‘When things quieten down, I’ll…” Or, “When I retire, I’ll …” Or, “When the kids get a bit older, I’ll…”

and remember: “Before every action, today, wait a little – so that what you do is intentional, not reactive.”

Other

#Do1NiceThing Lent Challenge for today: Give a drink to a homeless person (u could also donate to a local foodbank / community lunch)

Thursday’s #livelent action BE MORE PEACEFUL Listen to music that makes you feel relaxed

If you want to waste a lot of time efficiently, run a meeting badly. You can waste many people’?s time all at once. #NOTBUSY

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