Competition, Character and Covenant

  We can use sports, especially football (soccer) to grow character, life skills, self-awareness and esteem. Competitive sport, even if it’s only yourself or your personal best that you’re competing against, is a tremendous auditorium for learning. Numerous worthies, also-rans, rascals and ragamuffins, come to life on finding their feet in sport and team. But our [...]

Careful living

He picked a paperclip off the floor and placed it precisely on her desk. He also sighed as if she had nearly thrown away the company’s annual profits. With as much restraint as she could muster, she said ‘thank you, Albert! Nearly lost the Crown Jewels there.’ The irony was lost on him as was [...]

Mindfulness and Prayer

Luke 11.5-13 My grandfather loved knock, knock jokes. His favourite was - knock, knock and we dutifully replied, who's there? Lydia.  Lydia who? Lid-i-a teapot. (This probably only works in a Scots dialect!) Well mercifully this type of jape has gone out of fashion.  But it is useful to see how they work. Of course, [...]

A way from anxiety

Matthew 6:25-34 Living Bible (TLB) I know I am a worrier. However, more recently, I have started to worry about being a worrier. Not least, I seem to get wound up about the most illogical of things at times like holidays when I have least to worry about. In the end, I am not sure there [...]

Life a maze?

Many years ago, when I was working in central London, I took a Sunday trip out to Hampton Court. Well, let me tell you, it is indeed a magnificent Tudor building which is well worth the visit. However, towards mid-afternoon, I realised I needed to leave soon to catch my train. For some reason, I [...]

The Cyclist’s Fight — Tayview’s Blog

Through the illness, this moment kept him going. He unearthed his bike and dusted it off after long disuse. He mounted and the wind breathed on his face. Down the main street with a few early shoppers barely glancing at the lycra-clad figure speeding pass. He, however, enjoyed being on a surfboard weaving easily around […] [...]