how do you do it?

As regular readers of this blog will know I love magic tricks. I love watching them, learning them, performing them, and seeing the audience reaction (if it’s good!). It seems to me that the question I get asked more than any other is: “How did you do that?”

My response might be a cheeky ‘very well’, or a more mysterious ‘aha’, or perhaps a silly ‘I could tell you but then I’d have to shoot you’ (or variations on any of those themes).

I am also finding that when I come across people who actually read the bloggerel*I post here (and are willing to admit it to me) they often ask me the same sort of question: “How do you do it?” or “How do you come up with so many thoughts?”

Rather than ‘very well’ (which would be big-headed and wrong) or ‘aha’ (which is unhelpful) or ‘I could tell you but…’ (which is simply bonkers) I try to explain that each bloggage* is part of my daily reflection. I remember at the vicar factory where I trained (Spurgeons) we were encouraged to be reflective practitioners. In other words, we were encouraged to think about what he have done, or will do, and try to learn from those events, seeking to discover more about my life as a follower of Jesus, my attempts to be a free sample of Jesus and (often) things that make me laugh. Sometimes it’s prayerful, sometimes it becomes a prayer as I write, sometimes it is me thinking aloud (although the ‘click’ of the keys is the only physical sound unless I am dictating to my computer). The nukelearfishing blog is simply where I regurgitate those reflections and inflict them on the unsuspecting bloggernet*.

How do you do it? (You can have fun with that question if you say it like Joey from Friends!)

Be blessed, be a blessing.

*For the uninitiated: ‘bloggage’ is the name I give to any individual blog post (blog + baggage + blockage = bloggage (or something like that)); ‘bloggerel’ refers to the content of a bloggage (blog = doggerel = bloggerel); ‘bloggernet’ is where bloggages of bloggerel are stored and accessed online (blog + internet… but you worked that one out!).

A Christian response to robbery?

Two fellers (in America) were in desparate need of cash, but admittedly were a bit cowardly. So the one suggested they break into the local Amish shop. The logic being that since the Amish were non-resistant, even if they were caught, no harm could befall them. Thus they carried out their plot.

However, just as they were breaking into the cash register, the owner turned on the lights and confronted them, a shotgun pointed directly at them.

Calmly, the Amish man said, “Boys, I would never do thee any harm yet you are standing where I am about to shoot.”

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