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New Opportunities and Lent 2013

January 29, 2013

This post comes from Mark Powley and was the content of the January Breathe email

For me, as perhaps for many of us, another year brings a new set of worries. Am I balancing work right? Will our finances work? How can I survive without watching Life of Pi in 3D? Is it really time to buy another pair of jeans?

Daily life creeps in, and living more freely, more generously, feels an impossible challenge. Is there still grace for a hypocrite like me? Can God cope with the complexity of my life?

But then something inspiring breaks through into busy normality. An Eco-warrior hits the news for producing only one bag of landfill rubbish for an entire year. Some brave economists press the arguments for a society built on something more than just bigger numbers. The vast challenge of global warming raises its head again. Friends from church come round to help us improve our insulation – and give us the materials and labour for free. And I stumble again into the words of Jesus in Luke’s gospel: fear not, little flock, your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor.

I remember that we’re not there yet, but God is calling us. And I think, OK then, let’s do it. Let’s inspire one another. As long as there is grace for everyone, let’s be challenged and encouraged. Because the truth is – no one can walk where God calls if they only travel alone.

So if you’re up for this next stage of the journey, stay tuned. Make the changes that you can, and do get in touch to comment and to tell stories…

One way to get involved is to consider doing/hosting/leading a group through the Consumer Detox Lent Group Notes. There are also some great talks you can access from Mark. Click here to access the notes and the talks.

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  1. March 1, 2013 10:40 am

    Thanks Katrin for the encouragement. I would start with a free platform like wordpress and see how you get on

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