LENT 2016 – part 1

 

I use a swing tag as a bookmark!

 

OK, I admit that I’m tight and some might think that I’m trying save a penny or two but that’s not the main reason.

 

The swing tag is from a piece of clothing from a high street shop that I received as a gift! These few inches of tatty card (with the manufactured aged look) challenge me every time I open my devotional book and, very often, the swing tag reinforces what I’m reading and much more.

 

On the front, the tag says a couple of things “Life is out there” and “It’s never too late to be who you might have been”… I guess, from a branding point of view, these little phrases are marketing masterstrokes so congratulations to the marketing department at Fat Face (disclaimer - there are other high street shops who have good strap lines as well!).

 

The “Life is out there” slogan reminds me of an Ian White song. Ian is a Scottish Christian singer and songwriter who is, perhaps, most famous for his Psalms work, and whose songs have been instrumental in nudging me along my own Christian path. The song is called “All I know” from his album “Pre-revival Days”… well worth a download! http://www.littlemistymusic.com/product-category/pre-revival-days/

 

One verse says this -

What lies across the waves may cause my heart to fear;

will I survive the day, must I leave what’s known and dear?

A ship that’s in the harbour is still and safe from harm

But it was not built to be there,

it was made for wind and storm.

 

Life is out there! 

 

Certainly, there are times when we need the safety and security of the harbour but these are times for preparation, for restoration and replenishment… so that we can go out into the sea again. We all want plain-sailing, calm waters and beautiful sunsets, and God, by his grace, does give these.

 

We’re built, though, for something else. God has equipped us for a specific journey and a purpose -

life is out there….

 

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