Lent - Days 8,9 and 10 - Regenerate Where?

What do you do when you have money? 

I spent days 8,9 and 10 of lent visiting my parents-in-law’s new home in Binchester, a small ex-coal miner’s village, just outside Bishop Auckland.

And whilst there I discovered that one wealthy man (not my father-in-law) has decided to live and invest a huge sum of his own fortune there.  Bishop Auckland is the historical home of the Bishop of Durham, whose palace sits in a great park at the top of the High Street, but with the bishop no longer living in the palace and the whole town in decline Bishop Auckland became a place in great need of regeneration.

So one man has bought the palace, a large amount of artwork and several buildings in the town, and has great plans to bring history and creativity to life there.

Why?

Why does one man, who has made enough money to live wherever he wants in the world, and feed on whatever delights he fancies, choose to live and invest his fortune in a forgotten bleak town in the North East of England?  It’s not like he’s from there, or has family there.

God inspired him!

This man may have many millions in his bank account but the principle is the same for however much we have:  Let's let God inspire how we spend our money and ourselves.

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:12)