A.R.T Antics

A.R.T Antics
USMM Graduation

About Me

Manchester, United Kingdom
I am Someone who Loves God with I am a bubbly lively person who loves meeting people and loves God with all their heart and trys to put God first always. Someone who has a calling to work with young people and the arts. I have a heart for urban missionary work I am called to build the kingdom.

Thoughts about Christmas......

Isn't it funny the way we all simply take for granted the Christmas story without the bat of an eye lid. In fact apart from a a few exceptions much of the world celebrates Christmas. In some ways it is one celebration which unites the world. If one unpicks the parts of the story it is all quite extraordinary. Not what you would be a plan to take over the world. So let's think about it God comes as a Baby. It's an absolute genius idea God in disguise as a baby. Who would imagine that God would come as a Baby of all things no-one would guess that surely. You might think that the whole episode would go unnoticed. However it seems that God did not want this event to go totally unnoticed and so he left a trail of bread crumbs that would lead people to a baby. If that wasn't enough a few who knows hundred or thousand Angels come to announce to some local nobodies in the form of shepherds about this miraculous event. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the other group of privileged people who were allowed in on this incredible event that would shake and change the shape of history. A group of wealthy astrologers who had been studying the stars and been led to the baby. Two very unlikely groups of people who were the audience for the introduction of this very special baby to the world.
So God didnot appear on the world stage in the ways that humanity would expect. Jesus didnot come as a triumphant king with pompan circumstance the first time. Nor was he born into a palace as one might expect but in a little town in the middle of no- where in a hut tradtionally known as a stable, where the animals slept. Furthermore he was born in a feeding trough and then wrapped in a few strips of cloth not the entry into the world that you would imagine.
The very event of that first Christmas tells us so much about the Character of King Jesus and therefore God. He didnot need to prove himself as God to anyone, just like today people need to choose to follow him out of faith not because God has proved himself to them. Isn't it incredible to think that the same baby that was born in that feeding trough is the same God who flung stars into space. As God didnot need a fandango to announce his arrival then neither do we. Jesus doesn't look for glory ur just attaches it's self to him. We neither should look for glory and if it attaches it's self to us we must send it straight back to him as only God can truly deal with glory it is the currency he lives with.
Christmas therefore is a perfect picture of humility ( which is perhaps another blog)
Now Jesus didnot stay a baby and if a Jesus is only around for us at Christmas we have missed the point. That first Christtmas was only the beginning. Although Christmas centres around Jesus being born as a baby and we sing about this baby in carols. We sing them so much that they lose all significance to us. Many of us will have sung Hark the herald Angels sing but in the last verse the lines that get me every time are ' born that no more man may die, born to raise the sons of earth born to give them second birth. Such incredible words. I guess what I'm saying is that because Christmas comes around every year and we hear Christmas carols all around we tend to think we know the a Christmas story like the back of our hands and that carols are just traditional songs with no meaning. We couldn't be more wrong.

Despite the fact that I love all the lights and decorations, even presents of Christmas. Beyond all the ridiculous consumerism which grips the world before and after the day. We have got Christmas so wrong. I also think that we put a lot of expectation on this time to be the best time of the year. If you don't have family to spend it with or you don't have a good time you can often feel shame for this. There is so much expectation attached to Christmas that so often disappointment follows afterwards. I don't believe God intended to create a custom and celebration where people would be under so much pressure and expectation to make it into a perfect event. 

MIssion

I wanted to put some thoughts down whilst they were milling around my head. I wanted to sow some ideas which will challenge many of us even myself.
When talking about evangelism I know that word scares people off so lets call it loving people into the kingdom. I hear preaches all the time about reaching out to those people around us and of course I agree those people who are directly around us need to hear the gospel and about Jesus if they dont already know him. There are definitely people in our direct influence who we can reach out to who we work with in our family possibly even our neighbours.
But lets face it many of us if were honest live in or choose to live in nice areas, and if we dont now if we had the money we would choose to. For some of us that are married and have kids we would argue that we want to give our children the best start in life and it matters which primary school they go to etc. You wouldn't want them getting in with the wrong crowd. These are all genuine reasons for not wanting to live on a rough estate. So what's the problem I hear you say.
Well as I read the bible I have become more and more convinced that we are called to reach out and serve the poor. If we have nice jobs, nice cars, live in nice areas and have nice friends and to all intents and purposes are more like middle class people in the way we act and think I think it is highly unlikely that we are going to be coming into contact with poor people or those who are living in deprivation and poverty.This is where the idea of only telling people about Jesus who are our friends falls short. Now of course rich or richer people still need to hear about Jesus and I am in no way belittling that fact. However there is a whole world of people on our doorstep who we will never come into contact with if we don't
THIS IS QUITE A WHILE A GO SO I THOUGHT I WOULD POST IT ANOTHER COMING REALLY SOON .........I have just returned from Pune, India where I had the honor to be invited to a wedding which was a week long. It was like my reward for working hard of late on my postgrad in Youth and community studies which I finished the tuesday before I flew out. As well as essays I had been working on a community Audit project which meant engaging with the local community finding out their views on the area which was both eye opening. It has made me excited about working with the local community on different projects in the near future.
So India, twas amazing I pretty much partied for the time I got there to the time I left.  I was treated like a princess chauffeured everywhere I went, wined and dined, danced with what more could a girl ask for. I did not have to lift a finger everything was done for me, all I had to worry about was what I would wear and and the photos I would take. I probably didn't take enough though. 

Me, Joy and the happy couple 
I only really saw the other side of India from a far. From the roof top of my hotel, I could see the normal houses down below. Then I was able to go out on to the street twice but not without guides in the form of some new friends. I think I would have died if I had gone out on my own. Mainly due to the traffic which I was informed was probably the best in India. Nonetheless crossing the road in India is an Art form failure to do this at your peril. Basically you have to walk even when cars, tuck tucks or buses are coming towards you believing that they won't hit you but swerve which is what they did.

Apart from a Taxi a Tuck Tuck was the other form of transport which was basically a glorified moped with a roof.