Today’s #lentphotos is on waiting… I liked this one from @seedresources which highlights a little boy waiting for his train to come in … quite cheerfully I think. We’re often so impatient when we’re waiting…
I’ve just checked out The Message translation of today’s verses (Hebrews 9:13-15):
He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all.If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.
In The Silver Chair Aslan voluntarily offers his blood into the stream, resurrecting King Caspian ready for his life in the ‘new Narnia’ … The misery stops, we are ‘cleansed’ … As someone who suffers from depression, the idea of this in heaven (though we are in heaven on earth, right, we still have to deal with human ailments) is something to truly look forward to!
A great challenge today – to think about ‘stewarding’ any influence you may have online – how do we move away from ‘self-promotion’ – especially if we have the numbers – and think about how we use the attention that you may have with a blog/Twitter following. Use the skills that you have (e.g. the example given is a socialite party which raised huge amounts of money – so don’t feel it has to be a sackcloth and ashes moment) – and remember that Jesus had “12 followers” (although I’m thinking of the countless others who listened out for him – until he became someone to be disassociated from!) – and that “Every chance he got, he embodied truth, love, justice, mercy and humility.” – and now has 1/3 of the world as his ‘followers’.
Brian today gives the example of Roger Bannister who was told the sub-4 minute mile wasn’t possible and said “I don’t listen to that kind of talk” – and once he’d broken it, others started to do so as the belief was there that it could be done [I’m thinking back to previous #bigread13 post where the horses in The Horse and His Boy thought they were going as fast as they can – til they realised the lion was behind them.] – especially as Bono [who we all know is a favourite of Brian’s] is now applying that analogy to removing world poverty.
What ‘limiting beliefs’ have sunk into your feet over the years? “I won’t ever change” / “I’m no good at that” / “I’m not creative” / “It’s OK for other people but not for me” / “I don’t have the will power” / “I’m not that spiritual” / “I always mess up in the end” …
Identify a limiting belief you hold, and determine not to let it hold you back any longer. Write it down and cross it out, throw darts at it, rip it up, burn it, whatever you want to do: but resolve to leave it on the path, this side of Easter.
Brian encourages us to think about the learning that we’ve taken from Lent can affect our lives afterwards.
This is echoed as Pam comes to the end of Stephen Cottrell’s book – for Jesus
His time in the wilderness was not the end, but the beginning of his ministry, a time of equipping – from which he then had to go out and be with. To show people God’s love, God’s life, in the special times, but more in the ordinary times.
Remember also that
God is everywhere and in everything. He is not kept in a box for special occasions, or only in certain special places.
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.