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And so some politician is going on about some social issue. Arguing about some sort of internal debate between their coalition government.

blah blah blah. blah blah blah blah.

Some person is going on and on to the bank teller about some problem they’re having. Meanwhile a huge queue has formed and I’m standing half -way in it waiting for this woman to hurry up and get out of the way so everyone else can be served.

blah blah blah. blah blah blah blah.

Some chavs are mucking about in the Mcdonalds where normal patrons are trying to eat. But these kids are causing such a ruckus. So annoying.

blah blah blah. blah blah blah blah.

I can’t wait to just get out of here, go someplace where it’s warmer, the food is better, and the people are normal!!

blah blah blah blah blah!!

Because life is all about me. About my needs. My wants. My desires. My achievements. My convenience. My abilities. Me. Me. Me.

So what if that person needs help! It’s none of my business. And sure that old lady dropped all her groceries on the floor. I would help, but I can’t be bothered. And that homeless man needs some change, but that would downgrade my starbucks from a venti to a grande.


The more you fight to live life for yourself, the more blah you’ll find your life becoming. Everyone else’s voice becomes an interrupting blah to what you want to do. And you’ll discover at some point that your life has become increasingly frustrating as the blahs get louder. You’ll also find that your life feels more and more blasé.

You see, God’s calling and purpose for us is to be alive. Not to be deaf to the world around us, but to discover that the best way to beat the blahs is to love people. To give. To engage. To live life. To be His people of compassion and mercy. We are children of grace, called into his kingdom’s mission. Like father, like son.

And it begins with your city. Just as Jesus commissioned his disciples to first be his witnesses in Jerusalem, so we’re commissioned to be his light in the cities that we are in. Because you have been sent to your city. Jesus has called/raised/sent you here.

Instead of blah’s, declare Christ. Sing his praises. Lift up his name. Shout out his glory. Claim your city for Christ.

Love Beyond. Birmingham for Christ!

These were some thoughts from the third in our series Our God, Our Church, Our City : Love Beyond The message is available here and previous messages and weekly Bible studies are available on the Sunday messages page.

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