Richard's Ramblings - February 2011

Well, the year is underway and I’m reminded of what would be happening if we were back in Australia. Over there it’s the time of year when the new school year starts. I can remember the times when our children had to face the fact that holidays were over, and the first day back at school had arrived. There would be a certain amount of excitement in the air...as well as a little uncertainty as to what being in new grades with new teachers would bring. It would be very interesting - although not very constructive - to have seen what my girls’ responses would have been if they were allowed to choose whether or not they would go to school.

I know from past experience that there would be times when they would be champing at the bit to get to school. I am equally aware of the times when school was the last place they would choose to be.

But, first morning of school would arrive, and there would be no choice. It had already been decided for them, and irrespective of what they thought it was important and necessary that they go to school.

I remember while I was growing up my grandmother used to buy the Australasian Post in order to do Mr. Wisdom’s Wopper Crossword. One of the regular features of the Post was a cartoon called Life’s Like That. There are times when that is our response to our children when we know that something is good for them, even though they may be somewhat less certain of the benefits.

But what happens as we grow from childhood into adulthood? Now we have to make the decisions for ourselves, nobody else makes them for us. Now we have to decide what is good for us and what is not. Now it is up to self-discipline to ensure that we persist with the things we don’t like or find hard work but which are necessary for our long-term good.

There is no doubt that much that is good for us requires disciplined commitment: even, at times, Christian faith...

The question for us is not how hard or easy something is to accomplish, rather How important is this in helping me achieve a sense of purpose, wholeness and hope for the future?

Rev Richard Johnston
February 2011