The First Post….but not the Last!
It’s tough, this creative business. How do you do this stuff? I’m just a bloke with some physical issues and a call from God to write something about my life. And so, creatively juiced up or not, I’m here learning on the blog.
I wasn’t always physically restricted, I used to be fit, musical (ish) and part of our church leadership team. I used to wear a Naval Officer’s uniform at work. I used to play squash, golf, 5-a-side, and run a few miles at lunchtime. I used to love driving through the countryside. I used to eat loads and not get fat. I used to enjoy a gin & tonic, or southern comfort on the rocks. I used to sing. I used to speak in public and win prizes. I used to read avidly.
I don’t now.
I lost all this 9 years ago and it almost wiped me out. I was a broken mess, and yet God spoke to me very clearly one evening soon after I came out of hospital. I was lying on my back at church feeling useless and pitiful and I told God, “I’ve got nothing, I have no faith left” and then a minute later as a desperate afterthought, “how much faith do I need?”
“Not much” came God’s swift reply. “Just enough to hear what I say to you. And do it”.
So simple. And yet so profound I lay there awestruck – “How much faith?” “Not much” Wow!!! Something about mustard seeds sprinted across my mind and right then a huge burden fell off my life – I didn’t need to rev up faith for healing, or pump it up to be someone I wasn’t, or find some hype to sort myself out – I just had to hear Him and do what He said. That’s what I’m doing with this blog. More later……..
- A short psalmLord, I’m on my knees again. I didn’t choose to be, but I’m too weak to stand. Lord, I’m on my knees again, the yoke You placed on my shoulders is too heavy. Lord,… Continue reading A short psalm
- The world says ‘Believe in yourself………’…..and follow your dreams’, but Jesus doesn’t! He says, ‘Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Me‘ and also, ‘You have Abundant Life’ is that a paradox, a contradiction, or what? Or just… Continue reading The world says ‘Believe in yourself………’
- 3 Words for LifeThis was very difficult to write and it started looking like a thesis before I canned it and rewrote (as a result there will be some gaps and holes). I write it because God… Continue reading 3 Words for Life
- Desperately seeking significanceI thought I was on a roll so I started writing this a few days ago, but I tied myself in knots trying to be clever, so I’ll keep it short (unlike myself) and simple (like myself). It’s pretty sweet too.