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The last post

18 Sep

We’re sorry.

This is the last God 52 post that we’ll be writing. It’s frustrating that we’ve got so close to the end of the year, but for both of us, it’s become impossible to continue the project with integrity. If you’ve been following along, we’re especially sorry – and would encourage you to keep making a weekly effort to move on with God in the areas of discipline, character and mission.

Here’s why we feel we can’t go on: for both of us, 2013 has contained more change and upheaval than either of us could ever have foreseen. For Martin this is about to become much more intense with the birth of his fourth child (Jamie will not be having a child). Of course, it wouldn’t take us very long to fire out a weekly challenge, but the idea behind God 52 was always that we were taking part in the activities, not just encouraging others to do so. We both recognise that our current workloads do not make it possible for us to commit to keep doing so over the last few months of the year.

Moreover, we both acknowledge of late that our own participation in the challenges has been patchier than we would have liked. So, even though it’s a huge disappointment to us both, for integrity’s sake we feel it’s the right time to call it a day.

If someone else out there would like to take on the God 52 concept, website and so on, then we’d love to hear from you – just drop us an email. We certainly don’t want to hold on to this if others might want to keep it going.

Please understand this has not been an easy decision, or one that we’ve taken lightly. Again, sincere apologies if you feel let down by this.

Martin and Jamie

The two scariest words, by Lauren Wade

22 Apr

Youth work intern Lauren responds to this week’s challenge to love our communities by addressing the two words she finds most challenging…

laurenwade“Good morning.”

They don’t sound that scary.

In fact, exchanging ‘good mornings’ with my family, friends and co workers often puts me in the best of moods when I start my day!

Yet saying good morning to a perfect stranger feels impossible. Especially when you go bright red whenever you talk to someone you don’t know.

Ever since starting full time work at my church in Eastleigh, I have found I have spent very little time in my local community in the sense of where I live. My home is six miles from work, and most of the time I spend walking through my local area is to catch the train to and from work. Even though sometimes I pray silently for the area on my way through, I was challenged this week to do something tangible to show the love I have for my local community.

I always feel challenged that as Christians we should always show love to the people around us but recently I feel there’s more to it than that. In Luke 6, Jesus challenges us not just to show love to those who already love us but to love those who hate us and who curse us. While I may not be persecuted for greeting a perfect stranger at 9 in the morning, there’s something about showing love first without expecting anything back.

So there we have it. Me attempting to pluck up the courage to simply smile or say ‘good morning’ to people that pass me on my way to work. I have had the courage a few times – followed by some puzzled looks, smiles… or even ‘good mornings’ back!

Lauren Wade is currently working during her gap year with the youth worker at Eastleigh Baptist Church.