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 I wonder if Jesus was here on earth, and as he looked around and remarked on how unhappy and troubled many of us are, I wonder what would he do to bring encouragement, to put a smile on our faces, to help lift our gaze from the ground to heaven?  I just wonder amidst the grey-ness and monotony that sometimes pervades our everyday lives, would he buy us a brightly coloured windmill, stick it in our gardens and let the wind have its way…and in so doing, give us a fresh perspective on life, give us encouragement and strength for the day ahead, and give us a smile on our faces that says to a grey world that with Jesus, we have hope.

I’m just wondering who are the people in our lives who need a bit of encouragement right now, who are struggling with personal stuff, who are unhappy with the way their lives are going, who are silently screaming and crying out for someone to listen to them…and I’m just wondering what are we going to do about it?  What small act of kindness that speaks volumes of Christ’s love can we do to help someone?  Who needs a windmill of encouragement right now?

“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.  Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.  The teaching that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.”  Matthew chapter 11, verses 28-30

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I love quotes – sometimes as I am reading through books, quotes seem to jump out at me when I least expect them to…and they get me thinking…and from time to time I write them down.  I have been reading a great book recently called “The Irresistable Revolution – living as an ordinary radical” by Shane Claiborne.  It’s a deeply challenging read…and as I have been reading it, a multitude of quotes have been leaping from the pages.  I wanted to write down a couple this evening in my blog, and share them with whoever cares to read this.  If you have any thoughts, or any other quotes which you want to share with others, feel free and write a comment or two.  It would be great to get a trail of profound and thought provoking quotes going…you never know, they may bring encouragement and challenge to others.

 “Love without courage and wisdom is sentimentality, as with the ordinary church member.  Courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness, as with the ordinary soldier.  Wisdom without love and courage is cowardice, as with the ordinary intellectual.  But the one who has love, courage, and wisdom, moves the world.”  Ammon Hennacy, Catholic activist, 1893-1970.

 “…In college, one of my professors said, ‘Don’t let the world steal your soul.  Being a Christian is about choosing Jesus and deciding to do something incredibly daring with your life.'”  Shane Claiborne, The Irresistable Revolution

“…we live in a world that has lost its appreciation for small things.  We live in a world that wants things bigger and bigger.  We want to supersize our fries, sodas, and church buildings.  But amid all the supersizing, many of us feel God doing something small and subtle.  This thing Jesus called the kingdom of God is emerging across the globe in the most unexpected places, a gentle whisper amid the chaos.  Little people with big dreams are reimagining the world.  Little movements of communities of ordinary radicals are committed to doing small things with great love.”  Shane Claiborne, The Irresistable Revolution

“All power in heaven and on earth is given to me.  So go and make followers of all people in the world.  Baptise them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.”  Jesus Christ (Matthew chapter 28, verses 18 to 20)