Why on earth!
What a fool!
I simply could not believe it! (As Victor Meldrew would say)
I don’t believe it!
How many times have you made what can best be described as a school boy error? You know the things which seem obvious, which you really should not do and know better!
eg when you are about to embark on your first bike ride of the summer fitness campaign and you are going really well, so go a little further than you intended. You then stop for a drink, and get ready to ride back home, only to find the front wheel is flat (yes at the bottom!), and you then end up having to walk home the five miles!
As many of my dear friends have said since, I could and should be using tubeless tyres! (I thought they were called solid tyres and were rock hard, apparently not!)
Much to learn about cycling it seems, still.
The one blessing is you get your set daily steps in as well as the bike ride!
I've been having lots of chats in recent days with my eldest, who it is fair to say is on a real journey, exploration of what it means to follow Christ and His call on His life. Its fascinating, how you can live and be around people and pick up key bits yet also realise there is so much still to learn.
Do you know what I mean?
As we have chatted, I was in fact reminded how much I still have to learn!
Its fair to say I am committed to life long learning.
Im not totally convinced about the desire for academic pursuit but I do enjoy learning.
As a dear friend of mine said, I love to surround myself with people who stimulate my thinking!
Its been said Im a bit like a sponge, I love to see, understand and question what and why?
I find myself at times thinking to myself, I sound like a young child who is trying to understand when I say, ‘But why?’
I just wish it was easier to grab hold of the learning at times, especially when it comes to discipleship and the life of faith.
As I share my own journey, I have become increasingly aware that it’s the times of hardship, trial, temptation and persecution are where I eventually really grow.
I've been reminded, that when it comes to my faith I still continue to make the school boy errors! Things I really should have grasped by now.
As i'm sat on the train heading south for what looks like a crazy week of meetings, coffee and chat. Im thinking.
So God what will I learn this week about yourself?
How keen and willing am I to learn?
Maybe, just maybe, we should never stop making ‘school boy errors’, because it may be that we are coming before God as the children he desires us to be.
Learning to live a childlike, Christlike faith?
Just a thought!