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Lessons From The Piccadilly Umbrella Man

UmbrellaPiccadilly Circus is known for it’s exuberant and often comical collection of indie performers, all vying for the attention and money of pass-by tourists and regular central London enthusiasts.


It was then highly comical to see a performer today of which the word “talent-less” would go hand to hand with. An act consisting of holding a windswept umbrella in a position which would give the illusion of a windy day in London would hardly get the creative juices flowing neither would compel tourists to cough up their hard-earned coffers.


WHAT a surprise then to see such an act gather the crowds and bring in the money, maybe it was the simplicity of it all, or rather the nonsensical act of holding a windswept umbrella in a clearly wind-less day. Whatever it was, people loved it and it brought a smile on many children’s faces.


As I sat and watched, it suddenly dawned on me that this guy probably has worked hard with whatever small idea he had to perfect his act. To us simpletons watching on the sidelines, it looked so easy, one would be excused for thinking it’s just as simple as standing on a street holding a windswept umbrella, but the grace and poise by which he stood still, and carried himself, exposed a man who had finely tuned his act through hours and hours of practice.


This of course reminded me of all the times in the Bible, where God called many people to do great acts, people who started out with no obvious talent or skill, people who the majority would have looked upon and thought “they are good for nothing” yet turned out to be some of the greatest men and women of history. What are the underlying “keywords” for all these great men and women? “HARD WORK” and “PERSISTENCE”.


Much like this man, who probably went through periods where he must have thought “this is stupid” or “this is hopeless” great men and women of God fell and had to start again, constantly working and perfecting themselves through God, making mistakes yet learning and becoming the people that God could use to change the climate of whole nations and bring about changes that would resonate thousands of years on in Christianity.


Maybe this is all too much to draw from a man with a windswept umbrella in the middle of Piccadilly Circus lol, but according to 1Corinthians 1 v26-27 Paul wrote “ For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;


God delights to use people who maybe are not the most talented, but have a love for him and a willing-ness to learn to do great things. If you think you have no obvious talents or gifts Christian, then you are maybe who God is looking for.



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