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About jonbirch

animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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16 Responses to 869

  1. Carole says:

    Hahaha! love it! This is me every morning. But doesn’t it get tiring always having to put on a front for the world?

  2. subo says:

    wow, look at the pecks

  3. jonbirch says:

    i’m thinking about the pecks on carole in the mornings! :lol:

    seriously though, putting on a front of strength is tiring, soul destroying and dehumanising… yet we do it. :-(

  4. Bo says:

    Steroids will do that to you.

  5. Carole says:

    You’re makin’ me blush now, Jon!

  6. jonbirch says:

    haha! sorry. :-)

  7. Nope, strength is all inside.
    My body is knackered.

  8. Rockingrev says:

    It is often those who put on a whole lot of bluster and show that are the most vulnerable and hurting inside – just get to know a teenager!

  9. jonbirch says:

    exactly… or an outraged old person. :-)

  10. jane says:

    Thank you for your posts on weakness. Sometimes we have the strengths of our weaknesses and the weaknesses of our strengths.

  11. Caroline TOO says:

    Hmm, be careful here… maybe it’s not a ‘front’ that we’re putting
    on but an exo-skeleton (is that how you spell it?)… a shell to
    keep us safe….

    now that’s not necessarilly helpful in the long run either,
    but it may be necessary in the short term for survival day-to-

    so the question moves from the individualistic “how can I be more
    authentic and vulnerable?” to the body-of-christ question “how do we
    create space and community where it’s safe (at the right moment) to
    be vulnerable?”

  12. jonbirch says:

    good point caroline… both true and wise.

  13. gilly says:

    whispering loudly this one….

  14. Tiggy says:

    I’m struggling with this whole thing of whether to use power or to remain vulnerable. Should we always respond to evil with love and vulnerability? One doesn’t want to let the bastards win, but Jesus did, so should one seek justice at all?

  15. Tiggy, the bastards as you so appropriately call them are simply unforgiven. Justice which is retributive is not part of weakness, it only engages the tools of the bastards against themselves and does not move anyone forward. It only creates a new set of bastards. Forgiveness is the only place where love and justice can meet properly. To truly forgive we must recognise our own vulnerability and capacity for love.

  16. Pat says:

    Vanstone’s ‘Love’s Endeavour, Love’s Expense’ should be required reading on every church book list – so much better than ‘The Purpose Driven Life’!

    And, much as I hate to be pedantic, they’re not actually pecs – least not unless the poor bloke’s head and legs are on the wrong way round :lol:

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