A friend of mine has just written a blog post which I like on the great verse from 1 Samuel
"But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart"
I rather like what he has done contrasting the Hippopotamus (from a poster with this verse on) and the Hippocampus, part of the brain dealing with emotions, feelings and the like.
Although it would be fun to look at the neuro science thinking around the mind and spirituality, what I was even more struck by was the reference to Crusaders (now Urban Saints) and the poster that attendees were given each year on Motto Sunday.
I had the privilege of growing up with an 'old school' Crusader group being a key part of my development. By 'old school' I mean 100 plus lads on a Sunday afternoon and a bunch of leaders for whom their faith was their adventure, calling and life. I remember well each year getting a new poster, with a key Bible verse for the year on* BUT apart from the 'hippopotamus' one and a great picture of a helicopter rescue, I cannot now remember the themes (though I greatly suspect I still remember the Bible verses used). Even worse though .... I can't find any examples on Google.
Calling any old Crusaders, please scan your old Motto Cards and put them online, or e-mail them and I will :-)
* I want to be clear that these were not akin to the fluffy, soppy, cheesy Christian posters that you are probably more familiar with.