So #lentphotos today on ‘Orientation’:
In our celebrity/achievement driven culture – it’s good to be reminded
“Good,’ said Aslan. ‘If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.””
Further to the Bible verse on the post, this also reminds me of:
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I certainly know that I spend far too much time relying on myself, and there’s plenty of discussions had about how to slow down for me, and often end up thinking – do I think that God “needs” me to be doing all this, and wants me this tired… unlikely!
One of my favourite evenings on LICC Culturewatch was midway through the week, when we went to the cinema, and then, over pizza, discussed the film it’s enjoyableness/how we understood it/theological insights, etc. (if I say we saw Atonement, does that date it somewhat?) – so today’s challenge from Krish Kandiah to encourage others to visit the cinema (much less intimidating than inviting them to church right?) is a great one!
See reviews of films by Damaris Culturewatch
So today, there’s an encouragement from Brian to walk – as Jesus did:
So today, let’s try walking. Here are a few ideas. You could walk instead of drive somewhere. You could take a slow walk – walking slower than normal, preferably in a busy street somewhere. You could try walking a different route than usual. You could try walking without knowing where you are going. You could try walking in order to become aware, looking, listening, smelling, noticing. You could imagine you are walking step by step with Jesus (using the words from John as a meditation). You could take a short walk ‘barefoot’. You could walk more slowly than usual around your house or office or wherever you are, today.
Interesting, especially as been talking about the joy of walking allowing space for fresh air, getting space for thoughts, etc. (though I have to admit that I still drive the half-mile to the gym – maybe over the summer I’ll change that!)…
Have I been #notbusy – well, I went to the pub with the Cranmer/WSC crew, rather than coming home to complete this blog… Still not particularly ‘sitting still’!!
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.