Like these lyrics from Peter Mayer “We are blessed, we are broken, given one more chance to be found in you. We are in One Peace”…. a very clever play on words – whilst we may feel like we are in pieces – we are within Peace, and can journey into the world as peacemakers… which fits nicely with some of the next thoughts!
Lots of encouragement from Maggi Dawn today – including
… our weaknesses are usually the flip side of our strengths, and I hold to the old adage that it’s better to make a few mistakes than never make anything at all.
As we look back to Elijah (1 Kings – as #digidisciple(s) were last month) we can learn a lot from him, and how we should react as disciples in a digital age:
When contemporary debates demand that we prove God is real, or that our God is not a delusion, outdated or displaced by science, what should we do? Should we, metaphorically speaking, rush to build an alter, pour on water and call down fire to prove that we are right? It’s important to engage with contemporary debates and to be thoroughly involved in our world and our culture. We also need to pay attention to how we and our God are perceived in the world. There’s a place for listening thoughtfully to genuine challenges to our beliefs. But there’s a difference between engaging with genuine argument and allowing the latest popular media fad to set the agenda for us.”
I am inspired to watch how Maggi decided not to be drawn into a debate that served someone else’s agenda, and focused upon what she needed to do. She got the work done, and when someone later asked (face-to-face) why she’d not engaged – she explained and said ‘that’s not my God that you’re talking about anyway’ and entered a great conversation.
We need a lot of discernment (online) to decide which challenges are worthwhile, and which are simply distractions.
So… can we take some time from the arguments, and seek ways to be creative … we’re all creative, and are being created as Brian Draper says:
Art releases us to explore and articulate ‘truth’ without always having to pin it like a butterfly to a wall; it liberates us from having to be right or wrong all the time, and from judging others accordingly. Instead, it opens possibilities for expressing something of the otherwise inexpressible.
Something I’m hoping to see people engage in for #BIGRead14!
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.