Flexibility

I am, by nature, very much a creature of habit (boringly so some may say). Pretty much every day I eat exactly the same breakfast and lunch, for example. I rarely vary what I wear very much. It’s comfortable. Maybe it’s because I sometimes find decision making and change challenging emotionally and the predictable comforting. Being out of control can seem scary.

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Now habits can be helpful in making sure good things happen, like exercise, and for avoiding chaos. However it can keep us in a self-enforced rut. 60@60 was good in forcing me to be flexible. Covid stopped certain plans; what else could I do? Certain accommodation on Pilgrims Way was shut; where else could I stay? Should I stay on the route or take an interesting diversion? I was really glad I went off the route to see the wall paintings of Chaldon for example..

Comfort zones can be good but they don’t stretch us or grow us (or our faith). To quote the title of a book “If you want to walk on the water, you have to get out of the boat”. Being flexible can be stretching but open up whole new horizons. Aidan, for example, left the familiarity of Iona in the 630’s to set up a monastery of Lindisfarne and help develop understanding of christianity in Northumbria.

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For Christian converts in countries where it’s hard to be a Christian, their world of routine is thrown completely upside down. To survive they often need great flexibility. Afghanistan 🇦🇫 is already no.2 on the Open Doors World Watch list; the impending Taliban rule will only make things even harder. Please remember that country. This is a flexibility where your life depends on it. In India 🇮🇳 it’s Independence Day as I write but for many Christians choices can be very difficult. Maybe you can stand with them..

https://www.opendoorsuk.org/act/stand-for-truth/

I hope that you have a great week and you can find one area of your life where you can try something just a bit different.

The 60@60 giving page is still open. £60 could give urgent relief to someone in India who has lost their livelihood to Covid or needs to meet urgent medical costs.

https://justgiving.com/fundraising/AdrianSmith6060

Thank you.

Published by adrian60

Turning 60 is a door to a new decade. I want to use these years positively, starting with the next one. So I want it to be a year of trying different things as well as familiar one and to do a couple of challenges. 60 things at 60 with the aim of raising £6 000 for the charity Open Doors, serving persecuted Christians around the world, many who live with very little. Would you be part of the adventure with me?

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