For Inspirational Breakfast, Premier Radio: Thought of the Day
I was fascinated to see that on this day in 1965, someone thought that it was worth recording that George Harrison (of the Beatles fame) had his tonsils removed. God, however, does care about all the little things in our lives, and, regardless of things that seem much worse in other parts of the world such as Syria, we can take comfort in the fact that God cares about the things that affect us day by day, whether they be large or small.
In our world there are many seemingly insignificant things that happen that can feed into the experience that we have today. On this day in 1915, the first wireless message was sent from a moving train to a station. Compare this to today where we are surrounded almost constantly by our own mobile devices, and those of others, and expect near constant-accessibility (ever heard anyone give an exasperated sigh as the train heads into a tunnel, and the signal gets cut off?). It’s not the same for everyone though – in Uganda with Tearfund last year, most villages considered themselves privileged if there was a single phone in the village, as this transformed their ability to make informed choices about what they sold in the markets.
Rather than ‘tsking’ next time, can we remember: 1 Thessalonians 5:18: Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.?
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.