>steps (no, no, please don’t start singing ‘Tragedy!’)

>Not sure I am going to have time to write anything here tomorrow, so consider this an early Thursday present. I don’t know if you have noticed at the top of the blog screen is a link to ‘next blog’. Please don’t click it yet, but try clicking it when you’ve finished this and then let me know where it takes you by writing a comment on this blog.

I think the blog search engine thing tries to take you to similar blogs. So I was not surprised to find that first of all I found myself at blogs by other Christians. What surprised me was when I started landing at blogs about fashion and makeup. In the past when I have done this I have found myself immediately at blogs by people who like fishing (I guess blog search engines don’t get puns). I am intrigued at how the trail of connection must work.

This reminds me of an interesting concept. I imagine you have heard of the theory of ‘Six Degrees of Separation’. This is the theory that everyone is at most only six steps away from any other person on the planet. I have to say that I am doubtful about this. Can there really be only six steps separating me from people I have never heard of who live on a remote island or in a jungle or in igloos or anywhere else obscure? Apparently you can prove the theory with mathematics, but I am not going to try that and I don’t have time to try out the theory.

So rather than worry about who is six steps away from me, I am going to concentrate on being a blessing to those who are much closer to me. What are the things that connect me to my friends, family and acquaintances? What are the things that they enjoy that I do not? By sharing those things with them and by working on making them more significant to me I think I may be able to enhance the relationships. So, for example, even though my wife Sally does not enjoy football she tolerates me talking about my favourite team, Ipswich Town, and will occasionally sit and watch a football match on TV with me. I have occasionally played Warhammer games with my son, even though I don’t fully understand them and am not as enthusiastic about them as he is.

I think it is a reflection of something Paul wrote:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…
(Philippians 2:3-5)

Joke about shared interest and good friends
Two friends are hiking together in the Australian outback and decide to sit down for a rest. Suddenly one of them screams and jumps up. He has sat on a venomous snake!
“Don’t worry!” shouts his friend. Stay there, I’ll see if I can call for help. He gets his mobile phone out and starts wandering around to see if he can get a reception, while his buddy is writhing in pain, clutching his buttock. No bars.
“I’ll try up a tree!” shouts the bloke with the phone, and climbs a tree to see if he can get a better reception. Still no bars.
“I’ll try up that track!” shouts the bloke while his friend is gritting his teeth. He runs up the track and after about half a mile finds a signal. He immediately phones the emergency services and after explaining the problem gets put through to a doctor.
“There’s no way we can get to your friend in time,” says the doctor, “you will have to help him. You need to take off his trousers and pants and suck the venom out of his bottom, spitting it out each time. You must do this continuously for half an hour so that you can be sure that you have got all of the venom. Then you will need to massage your mate’s backside until the air ambulance can arrive in order to keep the circulation going and reduce the concentration of any venom that has already spread into his body. You may also need to give him mouth to mouth respiration if he starts going into shock.”
The friend runs back down the track to where his mate is rolling around and howling.
“What’s happening?” asks the injured chap.
“Well, I spoke to a doctor,” says the friend. “I’m afraid you are going to die.”

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