After hitting the publish button on last week’s “A week in Woodstock” post I felt quite good about myself. It really did look quite good – and I did not even stretch the truth… this time…
And then just to smite my self-righteous heart of stone – the Almighty God sent the flu to dog my steps throughout the week. Ok maybe one of the kids just caught it at school and brought it home. So not sure I am going to feel quite as impressed with myself this week. I suppose I am just going to have to believe the gospel rather than glory in my own self-importance this Monday!
Tuesday Morning was very cold, and 5:45am definitely did not feel like an hour for spiritual matters. When the alarm went off I was not even convinced I believed in God. But somehow I got up, coffee definitely helped. In fact if I was not so convinced of the wonder, majesty and love of Christ – I may have converted then and there to the worship of the coffee bean. But I digress. It was despite my lack of faith an hour earlier a great time of sharing stories, encouragement and praying together for our community.
Wednesday Morning is Porterbrook time. Colin and I have finally admitted our fundamental distaste for structures and planning, but like the much maligned brussel sprout we see it’s value and gave Grant a call to help us out. As Colin rather cynically suggested I would blog about the meeting I think it is fair to mention he was over half an hour late! As a people-person (and an African) it really does not bother me but it really was a great meeting and Colin did not give me any other ammo. So tardiness it will have to be!
A good morning getting thinking about strucutres, planning, goals, aims, processes and sustainability. It was exciting to dream a bit and see the value of good processes to facilitate us moving towards them.
Thursday Morning was more time spent in 1 Peter, trying to track big themes, key ideas etc. Thanks to Colin for some helpful pointers, and giving meat to some of my suspicions. Should be a post out tomorrow with some of my thoughts so far. Looking forward to your input.
Thursday Afternoon was another of those key stategy times. I love the big picture, big picture goals and visions. I love ideals, principles and dreams. I hate details, hate those kind of meetings where you have to talk about all the “hows and how nots” of reaching the goals. Yes if you are wondering I forget names, numbers and prices almost instantly and never know what time anything starts. It was time to bring in help! I realise that while organic, simple church definitely suits my strengths it also plays rather spectacularly into my weaknesses.
It was time for coffee at Frangipani’s with Alphonso. The saying goes that the answer you get always depends on the questions you ask well Al is the guy who always seems to ask just the right questions to make sure you get the right answers. Most of the time, in fact, he just asks me questions and then lets me figure things out for myself. I always leave glad he is my friend and I do not have to pay him for the interrogation.
And that is about all that is worth recording for this past week…