>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…