Football and Facebook. Both begin with f and have eight letters. You can now get shares in either of them. Both have fans, both have their own shunners. Both impinge on your life, directly or indirectly, no matter who you are.
The thing that most strikes me is that they are both social phenomena. I, who don’t watch football, follow the scores keenly, I want to know what’s going on. It matters to people I know and respect, so it matters to me. It is part of our glue.
Facebook I ventured into when I realised how useful it is for finding people. It enables you to see if old social glue is still effective and renewable. But then it becomes a place for new glue. Yes, people can become stuck to Facebook and Football themselves, not the people they share it with. I don’t think that is good. I don’t think it brings out the person in us.
Likewise another F, Faith. Faith is trust in God. If you were at the 10.30 today, it is getting in Jesus’ wheelbarrow.* To be effective, faith must be to do exercising the glue between you and God, not between you and religion.
So get stuck in!
*If you were not at the service, think of Blondin cr0ssing Niagara Falls on a tightrope with a wheelbarrow, and if you were prepared to say not only that you believed he could do it, but were willing to sit in the wheelbarrow.