It was a hot day at the Sahara Desert and the 100 or so camels were awaiting tourists to sit on them as they did their daily walk.
I was guided to a Camel on which I climbed on to and sat behind the hump.
As we trotted, up and down, across the Sahara desert, I asked the guide if the camel had a name to which he responded ‘No’. And so, like parents to a child, I officially named him ‘Bertie’. The guide seemed to find this rather amusing. I hope the name stuck to this very day.
I’d like to say that the camel responded to every request under the name ‘Bertie, but this was not the case. When the guide let go of the rope, Bertie decided that he would take me a different route.
Did you know that God asks you to travel through life with him? To travel a different route.
The world might lead us in a particular direction. A route that often says money, fame, sex, power, status and self importance are the answers to a fulfilled life. You only need to check newspapers, TV and magazines to see how this route is destructive.
But God wants to take us on a journey far more interesting. Far more adventurous than we could ever imagine.
He doesn’t promise a smooth ride, in fact sometimes it’s bumpier than on a camel, but he promises that he will never leave us and the journey will be worthwhile.
All of this is backed up by some powerful words of Jesus.
‘A thief comes to steal and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and life in all it’s fullness’
Which route are you taking? Do you require a change of direction? Let God be your guide.
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Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom.
He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more.
Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’
Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty.
Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious.
Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores.