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The last few weeks have been inspiring,  a time when I have to say I have been proud to call myself British.   First we had the celebrations marking the Queen’s  Diamond Jubilee,  doing flag waving and pageantry as only the British can!

    

Of course we like to have our own flags ….

dress appropriately for the occasion ….

              

and a little garden party is always appreciated ….

This was closely followed by the London 2012 Olympics where we showed our unique eccentricity with the opening ceremony and marvelled at the dedication of  our sportsmen and women,  it looked as if we had reached the pinnacle as the games were declared a resounding success.    The country was still  basking in the afterglow when there came something no-one had anticipated ….. the Paralympics!   If we had been impressed by the dedication of our able bodied athletes we were blown away by the Paralympians.   At the closing ceremony Seb Coe said ,   ‘ after this we will never see sport in the same way again and we will never see disability in the same way again’  ….. I hope he is right, I also hope that we will never see celebrity in the same way again, after years of enduring the ‘famous for being famous’ brigade how wonderful to have the spotlight finally shine on true celebrity.

             

Mo Farrah ~ Olympic runner              Ellie Simmonds ~ Paralympic swimmer

The slogan of the London games was  ‘inspire a generation’  they have not only succeeded in doing that, but they have also galvanised a nation to remember that even in midst of  recession and difficulty there are still good things to celebrate.  That money isn’t everything after all.   Apart from the athletes there were also others who inspired us,  the  Gamesmakers,  the thousands of unpaid volunteers who worked tirelessly, selflessly giving of their time and skills doing whatever was needed to make the games happen.

The last few weeks have reminded us  that there are  heroes to be found on every street if you are looking for the right thing.

I was proud today to belong to my church too, a team of our young people have just returned from a short mission trip to Rwanda.   As they shared their hearts and told us how God had impacted their lives, changed their perspectives and maybe even their dreams for the future,  many of us were moved to tears as these young people told us that they too had seen for themselves that even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, human beings still have the capacity to shine.

We also have a  youth band at church,  a fantastic group of 6 young musicians aged between 17 and 20 whom we have watched develop and grow in their gifts over the last few years,  they led us in an amazing time of  worship this morning, it was amazing not only because they are good musically but also because they were not just playing instruments and singing,  they are worshippers themselves.

          

Youth Band: Kyle (Guitar & keyboard),  Rebekah & Davina (Vocals), Stuart (Bass), Jonathan (Guitar),  Callum (Drums)

I have definitely been inspired ….. but as we settle back into the normality of life I hope I will continue to be inspired, I hope I will continue to look in the right places for the right things  to inspire me, I hope I can be an inspiration to others.

What has  inspired you recently?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teresa Dawn
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 21:41:47

    I’ve seen your sponsored kids before, but somehow never seen Yasumi… WOW what a cutie!!!!!

    Reply

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