MEN AT WORK - LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Its 6.45 am. Beep Beep Beep. The alarm goes off. A stretched arm ventures out from underneath the warm duvet to switch the beeping to radio mode. The calm tones of the radio ulster presenter reminds us that a sleeping province is awakening. The day begins.
Its Monday morning and the weekly routines start once again. Images and fond memories of the weekend begin to fade. There is frost on the ground and the forecast is for wind and rain. The inevitable list of “things to do” begins to take hold. Getting ready for the day, time for breakfast, the school run, lunches to prepare, shoes to clean. Whats for tea tonight ? The clock seems to run faster and faster. A traffic report blasts out “delays on the road, best to avoid…….” Who took all the milk ? Oh No just remembered was asked to be at work 15 minutes earlier this morning for that special briefing. Probably be late again. And so it goes…
This might not be your typical start to the day but for many of us at some point in our lives we can identify with the stark contrast between what we do on Sunday when we worship together and the world we inhabit during the week. A world full of endless things to do, deadlines, commitments, bills, stress ,the management of our time and the worries and anxieties of daily work and family life.
It would be human to ask Does anyone Care? Does it all matter these things that we do everyday? The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity have coined a new phrase. Our “Frontline”. These are the things that we do and the places we are every day. For some its work (offices, schools, hospitals, factories etc ) for others its service (volunteering, assisting children etc ) and as life progresses its maybe where we are at home (the people we encounter, the places we visit ). We all have a frontline.
The Bible reminds us that our faith is for every day and that the Lord is interested in every part of our lives ( not just what we do on Sundays ) and wants to be part of all the things we do. The experience for many however is that the day to day reality can be different and there are times when we can feel quite isolated and alone on our individual frontlines. The gospel of John 15 v 5 quotes Jesus saying that “without me you can do nothing” so we know that He is always with us even if we feel far away.
At Lisburn Cathedral a mens group are going to meet to explore what it means to be “fruitful on our frontline” and how we can support our individual journey’s in the service of our God as we serve Him in the things we do and the places we are.
For more information on our first meeting to explore these issues (Tuesday 19th April 7.45pm in Lisburn Cathedral Coffee Room ) please speak to any of the following Arthur Canning, Drew Johnston, Keith Forsythe, Glenn Stenson, Tam Ireland, Ian Kelly or alternatively you can speak with Sam or Simon.