Daily Verse – 1 Peter 4:10


Interestingly in the Greek Interlinear text of this passage, the phrase ‘from his great variety of spiritual gifts’ does not appear. This is clearly an addition by the translators to further inform on the meaning of the passage.

The more straight forward Interlinear ‘(as) each has received a gift’ is much more inclusive than the addition of spiritual gifts.

You can read of specific spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 13, and no doubt your ‘gift’ may be part or inclusive of these.

Yet there is a difference.

Your gift maybe of conversation or hospitality, music or poetry, confidence or encouragement, teaching or listening, art or craft.

God’s Spirit will be abundantly clear in all of these, no doubt, and they are your gifts to use in service of others, reflecting God’s ‘manifold grace’.

The word gift is charisma occurs 8 times in the N.T. and is always translated as gift, ‘free from God’ and only once in Romans 8:1 as ‘spiritual gift’.

You all have at least one gift from God, which brings something positive to others.

What’s yours?

Day 444 – A Sense of Place.

I’ve been listening to a BBC Radio documentary on The Pennine Way.

It is a national trail which runs for 268 miles through England and up into Scotland, and the hills over which it runs is often called the ‘backbone’ of England.

The documentary describes the places and the people along it, the music, songs, and poetry which it inspires, the history and the culture of its length.

Many creatives are both inspired and captivated by what is right there on their doorstep.

Which places and people, history and culture, inspires you and how does it inspire and direct your creative output?

Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.

One piece of writing advice is to destroy your tv.

You’re a writer of books, so read ’em and write ’em.

TV was invented to distract you and allow advertising to sell you stuff.

So that should be enough for why not to TV.

So Why to TV?

Plot and Characters in a story arc.

Most tv series don’t give you much more, other than a great source of material for building ‘cliffhangers’ into your chapter endings.

Watch how each episode is finished. How does it wrap the events of that episode but how does it inform on what went on in previous episode plots or signal something yet to come.

What character relationships are there and how do they develop?

Not everything needs to make sense. A lot of TV shows don’t even try to explain shifts in scenes or seemingly impossible plot points – they just know you want a conclusion to that episodes situation and to see how the relationships between the key characters is furthered.

Perhaps you don’t need to fret over all of those details which were giving you sleepless nights after all.

Day 436 – Sunday Reflection.


I re-watched the movie The Thomas Crown Affair the other night and Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway clearly had style, in both their personalities and their fashion.

Creatively, I think we spend a long time trying to find our ‘style’. Early works are often composites of our favourite writers/artists/musicians, as we learn new techniques and experiment out of confidence in our ability to produce something maybe worthwhile.

Structure and technique can both define and dictate what we produce, but most of the successful creatives you could name eventually do something a little different and that is what gets them noticed.

What’s your sense of ‘different’ from your heroes or fellow creatives?

Chase Jarvis put out a great podcast/video on style with fellow photographer Alex Strohl – it is worth a look.

Day 429 – Sunday Reflection.

A teacher of the law asks Jesus who his ‘ neighbour ‘ is, in response to Jesus’ exhortation that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord you God with all your mind and all your heart and to love your neighbour as yourself. Jesus gives the ‘good samaritan’ parable.

Three years ago 52% of people who voted in an advisory referendum seemed to want to tell their neighbours to clear off. I’ve despaired in the intervening time at the increasing rise in racism and intolerance.

Today I watched the last twenty overs, and tied-game power play overs, which left the England and Wales cricket team victorious over New Zealand, and them World Cup winners.

Looking at the packed stands it was reasonable to assume that 52% of them were intolerant of anyone who didn’t come from the exact same place as them.

It also struck me that a number of key players in the victorious team were the kind of people 52% of them didn’t want in their country, but were perfectly happy to accept them if it meant their sports team won the big trophy!

From what I have seen of the Cricket World Cup it has seemed to be the multi-national extravaganza which it was intended to be. Awesome. Perhaps our society can replicate that.

23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 8.

The Tour de France seems to have become for the French what Wimbledon is for the British – the best sporting event of its kind in the world but one the host country struggles to win. In fact the last French winner was Bernard Hinault in 1985. Despite wanting the British contingent of riders to top the general classification and/or win stages, there is part of me which does cheer on the French riders, particularly around Bastille Day on July 14th.

In the ITV Tour Podcast – I highly recommend it, especially since Peter Kavannah joined it, very informative and highly funny! – they aired an interview with Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford. He talks about his association with the town of St. Etienne, where he moved at the beginning of his career as a cyclist. He details moving there without being able to speak the language and not even having a team/job. Then he finds his feet with the help of a guy working in a cafe on the corner down from his apartment. Cycling like most sport/things where people are passionate and knowledgable soon develop communities which help and support each other. Dave Brailsford might not have been able to speak French but he could ‘talk’ cycling. Go and find a community which ‘speaks’ your kind of creativity. Learn to communicate with them and see what happens. Dave Brailsford may not have made it as a cyclist but his team riders have won six out of the last seven Tours!

Stage Summary:

Exciting finish. Crash involving Team Ineos on the last climb bringing down Geraint Thomas and having to work their way back up to the lead part of the peloton. Alaphilippe and Pintot off the front to try and chase down De Gent, but also for Alaphilippe to gain back the Maillot Jaune ahead of Bastille day tomorrow. De Gent held on for the stage win which he deserved. Alaphilippe and Pinot took advantage of their positioning on the last climb, and possibly realising that Geraint Thomas was somehow off the front, maybe even knowing that he had gone down in a crash, and chased down de Ghent – not catching him but catching some much needed seconds and bonuses which left Alaphilippe back in the Maillot Jaune, just in time for Bastille Day.