Tomorrow I go to a college up the road and meet with some other students, some teachers and some others and we begin a little journey together. We will learn a little more about what it means to be candidates for ministry, go away for three days, get to know each other, begin our year. And maybe sing? Probably we’ll sing.
I decided to do this whole ministry thing around a year and a half ago, and my church decided that was an ok idea last September. I have known this point in time was coming. I organised a desk, because I will be studying, I ordered text books, because I will need to learn things, I quit my job because I will need my time.
I have known this was coming but also not known much at all. I still don’t know what my year will look like, what the blood and bones of it will be, how I will have to function to make it, if I can learn all that I need to, if I can do it.
I am very scared. Partially because I still carry a childish fear of Christians, which is stupid for a lot of reasons, partially because it is new and and I’m alone and partially because I am worried I won’t be the sort of person needed.
I have heard much (so, so much- I am very blessed) from people who love me that I will do well, that I am the type of person who the church needs, that this is a good great thing, that I can do this. Often I believe them, and often I know I’m just one person going off to college and it’s not a big deal and often I’m so excited because I miss the feeling of New Things rolling around in my head, and my mind is eager and I am thrilled at the thought that come three years time I might know how to love people better and to not be such a large spaz. But there are other times when I know who I am and how good I am at sitting in front of a laptop watching sci-fi shows and I worry that the time will come when I will look back and realise I’ve not changed my life at all, I’ve just stuffed some classes in.
These are the quiet fears of someone used to doubting herself, and who has never been trusted with so much faith, so much opportunity.
I really want this to take.
I really, really don’t want to look inside and realise deep down I’m just lazy.
I want to honour whomever gave me this chance.
Let’s hope I do.
I’m going to do it anyway, obviously. I’ve already got the desk.
Love and prayers Carlynne
I was feeling just the same…
Little bit sad. Little bit worried. Little bit doubtful. Little bit afraid. Sad again.
And in the words of my daughter trying to know herself. I feel a little bit lost.
Much love to you. X
But you have so much set before you. And fortune favours the brave. Hope you find so much satisfaction and fulfillment in your new beginnings.
“how good I am at sitting in front of a laptop watching sci-fi shows” is, in my experience, an extremely good basis for ministry. But even more reassuring is the affirmation the church makes to every candidate at their ordination: “Faithful is the God who has called you and will not fail you”. God bless you.
Somehow only just saw this. Thanks Avril!
This is great and how I felt too.
I am so happy you’re doing this! It’s great! I’m also really pleased you’re blogging again.