Where were you 10, 20, 30 years ago?
Some time ago "Abisomeone" tagged me with the "10-20-30 meme", inviting me to share what I was doing 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
I seem to have had trouble writing posts lately (busy!) but tonight I'm stuck at home waiting for the carpet man. Torrential rain on Monday came pouring in to my house down the walls as the gutters overflowed. I tried steam cleaning the carpets, but finally gave up tonight and rang the insurance company. They wanted to send out a carpet man straight away therefore one rang me at 10.30 pm to inform me he was just leaving Werribee to come to my house in Croydon. (that has to be AT LEAST an hour's drive in my opinion I'm in for a late night.)
So I have time to kill, and at last, I will share of my experiences
10 years ago I spent most of my time looking after my gorgeous first son Daniel, a very cute just-turned one year old. I had recently been appointed as women's ministry coordinator for Churches of Christ Vic/Tas a one year, one day a week position. I'm still employed by Churches of Christ and am still involved in women's ministry, so I rather outstayed my one-year term!
20 years ago I spent 6 months backpacking around Europe probably at this time of year I would have been in Athens about to head off to Egypt and Israel. One of the highlights of my travels was spending a month living and studying at L'Abri in Switzerland a simply stunning location, and an amazing opportunity to meet people all over the world who were exploring faith. One of the issues I studied there was women in ministry I read and listened to tapes on the "difficult" passages of scripture about women wearing veils, sitting in silence, etc. The light began to dawn that these scriptures were written in very specific contexts, and ought to be interpreted in the light of all the women in leadership in the New Testament church. I had no idea at the time that God would later call me into ministry, or that God would give me such a passion to see women released into all that God intended them to do and to be in the service of Christ in the church and the world. At the time it was a simple academic interest only in retrospect do I realize how significant getting my head into the world of the New Testament women would be in my life.
30 years ago I was in year 9 at school. My school had a special year 9 campus attached to a 19th century neo-gothic manor house. I LOVED this year of school it was run in a way that was highly creative, with large blocks of time devoted to "general studies" around a variety of interesting themes. The only part of school I hated was being forced to learn touch-typing. Why would I ever need to learn this? It was boring and tedious and a dreadful way to spend an afternoon class. As it turns out, this horrible class I was forced to do years before the P.C. was invented has proved to be one of the most useful things I have ever learned it is a skill I draw on almost every day.
I wonder if this is a bit like life in general the parts that are distasteful to us at the time can become a means of blessing. Godly character formation is impossible without suffering, even in the "small sufferings" of learning to forgive, learning self-discipline, learning to put the needs of another before our own wants sometimes. Perhaps character is one of the few things we take into eternity.
Well who else to "tag"?
I'm too tired to think. Please come soon carpet man .