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Sunday, June 18, 2006

The trouble with blogs is...

So here is the problem with blogs - so much to say and that I want to share, and knowing that it isn't appropriate to do so. As much as I believe in the theory that if you have a thought, you should have the integrity to own it - sometimes, it's just not going to work in practice. People can get hurt, and there are some things that I don't want strangers knowing about me.
So if it feels as though the following post is vague - it is. It should be. And that's why my blog is for me and not necessarily for you.
Suffice to say it's been a tough week on many levels - and also a really good one. Relationships have been a little mended and bridges are half way to being built - and for a couple of others the footing will get a little rocking. One thing that I've been pondering is other people's expectations of you when you're in ministry. What I should be saying... What I should be doing... Who I should be sitting with... So the question at hand is how much do you take on board - to genuinely love and serve them and their needs - and to what extent do you say "sorry - that's your baggage, don't put it on me"? So much to ponder...


But on the flip side it was great to see many of the AFES snr staff for a week, some of them I went to college with and don't get to see all that often. These are my brothers and sisters - both in the Lord, and also through just sharing experiences and living together.



We heard some amazing talks on 1 Corinthians and about scripture (preaching from it and how we approach it). Most importantly I was confronted (in a good way) by the godliness of some other wonderful men and women.
It was such a blessing to spend time with people, many of whom who have been in ministry for as long as I have been alive, and just sit and listen to them and learn from their example. It was a blessing and a privileged. You know when you have the experience of thinking "I want to be like them"? - I had a lot of that this week meeting some new women. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better between now and heaven...
Oh - and I took some photos too (should be on flickr soon for those interested) - but I think the photo ppl over developed them (boo!)
And now for the best part - I am officially on holidays for the next 2 weeks. This week I get to lounge around Sydney and catch up on some things and then next week I'm off on another road trip to Tamworth and Ballina. Aaaahhhh - the sweetness of holidays...

7 Comments:

  • At 7:29 pm, Anonymous al.x said…

    welcome back. :)

    "i want to be like them." i know that feeling, too. it's... v. insipiring. and i also agree with your theory on blogs and thought-sharing. bit of a catch 22.

    sounds like you had an intense week. the challenging ones are always the most fulfilling, though - love and prayers, hey?

    and enjoy the next two weeks!

     
  • At 11:22 pm, Anonymous chelsea said…

    jodi it sounds like a good week in so many ways! And is very encouraging to hear how you were challenged!
    Just like to say, I really love that top photo! Nice job! :) hehe
    And yay for holidays! mine have started today also - bring it on i say hehe!
    Enjoy jodes! Maybe we could find some time for photos and catching up in the break?!

     
  • At 1:36 am, Blogger Justin said…

    "I want to be like them".

    I always ask: "What does 'x' know that I don't know?"

    I find that helpful.

    Enjoy Sydney and the North Coast.

    Missin' ya.

     
  • At 4:21 pm, Blogger Goldy said…

    Over exposed or not, they are nice pics dude.
    Good to have those challenging, but growth-oriented times!

     
  • At 11:28 pm, Blogger Angie said…

    I know the feeling of wanting to be more like someone else. I think it is a good thing. It means they're setting a good example, and us wanting to follow that is an indication of us wanting to mature. As long as the example they are setting is a godly one!

    Enjoy the holidays Jodi! You deserve them!

     
  • At 1:51 pm, Anonymous Kat DC said…

    hey jodi mac

    have an awesome holiday and then road trip!!
    think of us poor students as we are studying and examming!!

     
  • At 10:46 pm, Anonymous Chanman said…

    Bloggs are strange, but none the less its intresting as well to read even if you don't know the people very well.
    btw Nice photos :-)

     

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