March 31, 2012
We as a family have felt for a while that we would like to have a significant event here in Carlisle where we can “tell the story”. God has given us a beautiful story of a boy who in reality was unknown but on the other hand was known, he was insignificant but in fact he was very significant. That is true for all of us and we want to share that story to reveal His Story. We want young people of Mike’s age to discover they are significant, they are known and there is a loving God who is longing to reveal Himself to them.
So we have booked the largest venue here in Carlisle that seats 1200 and is where concerts, shows etc take place. The Michael Knight Trust (MKT) event will take place on Saturday September 8th. We as a family are playing with ideas for a title and any suggestions would be welcome. So far we have, Illuminate, Illumi-knight and some variations around that theme.
The evening will have local musicians, a rap group from London, a Gospel group from London, International Entertainers from the USA, multi media and we are still working on an actor whose brother is very well-known.
Who would have thought that an unknown boy in Carlisle who did not wake up in bed one Saturday morning, would be the impetus for a large evangelistic event! “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains a single seed, but if it does die it bears much fruit”! You are bearing much fruit Mike!
March 23, 2012
Its coming close to 3 years since Mike died and I am now asking to God, “Why did Mike die?”. I have changed my view recently that it is ok to ask God “why”. Until now I have felt asking God why was futile, but rather “What are you doing LORD?”. I felt God is sovereign and I cannot question his motives or actions. My “why?” is not a “why did this happen to us?” but rather a “why did you take Mike?” “what is your purpose?”
Romans 8 v 28: we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. I have felt “why” is the wrong question. Did I subtly believe “why” was being un-spiritual or a lack of faith?
Jesus himself asked a why question on the Cross, “My God My God , why have you forsaken me”. If I can understand purpose then I can pursue and embrace that. In the greek, the “why” of Jesus on the cross is “ti”, which can mean “what, who, why”. So are “why?” and “what?” two different questions or the same? Well one I believe its to understand the motive or reasoning, a high level question and the other is to understand activity.
God is complex and I suspect the “why” purpose is multiple. It will most likely include a purpose for Mike, a purpose for Kathy, a purpose for Akila, a purpose for Laura, a purpose for me, a purpose for many other individuals. Yes I know we can put it under the big title “God’s Kingdom” but that does not satisfy me to discovering His specific purpose.
I continue to be on a journey and I find that my thoughts and perspective are moving; my faith is anchored!
March 13, 2012
I,ve been travelling for almost 4 weeks, Germany, Thailand and Philippines. During my trip a friend came up to me and said “you need to lose weight, I will give you £25 for every pound you lose for The Michael Knight Memorial Fund!”, Thinking that this was too generous and I have myself to blame at my lack of discipline, I replied “I cannot do that” and without missing a beat he said “£30”. What an amazing offer and then to encourage me even more, another friend on hearing the story has offered $15 per pound!.
So I sat on the plane working out how much I could lose, how long and how much I could raise funds for Mike’s Trust. So the challenge is on, I aim to lose 70 pounds by the end of September, that’s 7 months. I lost 7.2 pounds in 7 days so far, I’m hungry most of the day but at £40 per pound, it’s too good a challenge!
Does this have Carbs too!