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1st of February 2011

February can be a boring month. Maybe that’s the wrong word to use? Maybe it is better to say February is a bit odd? I don’t know how to put it really because, I guess, February does that to you. It sits there not quite winter, not quite spring. The days are longer but not too much longer. It’s getting warmer but not too much warmer. The grass is greener but, you guessed it, not too much greener. We have had the excitement of Christmas. We have survived the celebrations and resolutions of the New Year. When it comes down to it, February is an average sort of month.
However, I have to say I like average sometimes. Average is comfortable. Average is safe. Average is easy on the heart. It does not get the blood going. It doesn’t stress you out and it is neither high nor low. It’s just, well, average. I think another way to say it, is “just kick off your shoes, take to a cosy chair and relax”. Actually, I am beginning to not like average when I think about it in those terms. I’m not sure I like comfortable or safe. I quite like my heart and blood to be going a little. I want to be high and low at times because it is then you know you are alive.
We can be mistaken into thinking that we are average sorts of people and I’m sure we don’t like that feeling. We don’t like to think we are comfortable and safe, neither high nor low, a bit cosy and relaxed. Well, let me let you into a little secret I know. You may not realise it but you are far from average. You are quirky, a little strange, exciting and, well, not like February at all. You are the most interesting person in the world. Why? Because you are wonderfully and fearfully made. You are created in the image of God. You are the likeness of the almighty and everlasting, awe inspiring, powerful, creative and the most un-average person you are ever likely to meet. There, doesn’t that sound more like it. You are far from being February. The challenge now is to live up to your top billing.
Love Jason, The Man in the Manse

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