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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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The Marked Life

ScarAs I type this, I wince in pain as the fingers on my left hand tap each individual key. A movement I had taken for granted all my life, now provide a little slither of pain shooting down my left elbow, where I have been stitched up pretty tightly. Currently my arm is healing from a pretty severe cut from shattered glass; my attempt to climb through my window (I left my keys inside) seemed like a good idea at the time, but a smashed window and a deep cut prove otherwise.

I received 18 stitches to my arm to cover the gaping hole the shattered glass had left, the piece of glass somehow managed to cut through two layers of skin, arm fat and nerves, just about scraping my muscle tissue underneath. Once the wound has healed, I will be left with a scar on my left forearm for life. A little reminder of my bull headedness!

Now whilst my career as an arm model has ended before it’s even begun, I readily have a sermon illustration for the rest of my life now. The scar will always serve as a reminder of my exploits at that window. every single time I look down at my arm, I will be reminded! A mark of remembrance.

20140522_083354As I lay in bed attempting to sleep and recover the blood I lost during my frantic wait for the ambulance to come, I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul in the book of Galatians; “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” – Galatians 6:17

Paul bore marks and scars of a whole other nature to my bullheadedness. He bore the marks of Christ!! We only have to flip back to 2Corinthians 11 to read the physical scars he bore for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Now not all of us will face physical persecution, but what about the spiritual scars Paul bore and we should strive to bear for Christ’s sake?

When I mean spiritual scars, I mean marks that tell a story. Who can you point to and say I have left my mark on them in a spiritual sense. You led them to Christ or you helped them in their spiritual growth, you met a physical need or spent time in prayer for your brother or sister in Christ. Spiritual marks!!! Where can you point to and say I have sacrificed my time and energy to congregate and be with other believers, every time the church doors open for services.

If the Lord is gracious enough to give you a long life, would you have borne the marks of a life walked with Christ? Maybe physical, but more so spiritually.

Jesus himself, when he appeared unto his disciples showed them his physical marks on his body to prove to them how much he loved them and what he had just done for humanity. Beckoning with his voice, Jesus tells ThomasReach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:and be not faithless, but believing

Jesus lived a marked life, a life which showed his actions spoke louder than his words……and Jesus spoke many words, as we see in the gospels.

My challenge is this; just like how Jesus Christ and Christians who have come and gone through history did great exploits, exploits still to this day which shape our everyday living. We should also strive to do great things for a great God. Let us attempt to leave our spiritual marks on a lost and dying world and on lost souls.

Never forget the words of Christ to his personal disciples “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” – Matthew 28:19-20

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What If Christ Had Never Been Born!

576194_347600601960947_279570182_aHaving already viewed the impact of a Muhammad-less world, we turn our attentions to Jesus Christ. Just what sort of impact would it have on the world, had God never come in the flesh as Jesus Christ……

Name: Jesus Christ, Messiah, Lord, Son of man, Son of God, Alpha & Omega: too many names to list here, but you get the picture.

Born: AD 1

Brief Profile: The chief cornerstone of biblical Christianity! Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Judea. His earthly mother was Mary and his step-father was Joseph. Not much is said of his upbringing aside from what we gather from the scriptures. He was clearly a very marked child with understanding and wisdom beyond his formative years. Continue reading

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