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How's it Hangin'

posted 17 Jan 2012, 04:04 by Mark Broomhead   [ updated 18 Jan 2012, 04:52 ]

Yesterday Sarah started a bit of premature spring cleaning, our bedroom being the first victim. She did however stop short of my cupboard, and i don't blame her! My cupboard is a bit of a scary place to the bravest of adventurers, there is all sorts of stuff in there and I don't think it's Narnia. Hanging things up properly is not one of my greatest skills, there are a number of broken hangers that I have acquired from the kind of haut couture suppliers such as primarni, that I frequent, that have perished as heavy items beyond their capabilities find a new place in my careful systematic storage in the bottom of the cupboard, Growing fusty wrinkled and unwearable.
This is the beginning of a journey for us as a community and for many of us as individuals, so I thought a useful starting place would be to sort out the cupboard.

Matthew 22

The Greatest Commandment

 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

When I am starting out with my thinking, call me old fashioned, but I always go back to Jesus. So, if we are stripping things down what does Jesus tell us the fundamentals of our journey of faith are? “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind............‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ These are the Jesus coloured spectacles we should view things through. If you hear something or are questioning something in your life, stop and think - does it hang on these two commands? If it doesn't it will drop to the bottom of the cupboard, and in my opinion that is where it should stay. We need to choose our outfits carefully, not just jumping on the next bandwaggon, fashion or fad without first looking at it through Jesus' eyes. It is easy to see our fashion faux pas when we look at old photos but if we adopt this way of thinking we will always look great.