Forty-five years ago I was born. On the day we celebrated that auspicious occasion, my brother asked me one of his favourite birthday questions: “How has your life changed in the past ten years?” Stimulated to meditation by his thought-provoking question and not wanting to brush it off with a half-baked response, my answer has been developing ever since.
My life has changed much in the last ten years. As a family, we have moved internationally twice within two years. We have passed from being an established pastor’s family to being a vagrant, support-raising missionary family to being warily-viewed newcomers in a foreign land. As a result our experiences have driven us to consider life from many different perspectives. Our social and ministry interactions have greatly diversified and broadened in the process. Things we once categorically rejected are now our daily fare. At age thirty-five, I was naïvely self-confident, ready to spout wise answers from my vast years of life experience. Now I am now less self-confident and by God’s grace more God-confident. My questions have multiplied more than all the answers I had ten years ago, but I am comfortable with that change. Those questions are spurring me to further spiritual growth and light. Thank God He is committed to changing us from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.
It is some of these questions that I desire to discuss with you, readers of this blog. Whatever our life’s experiences, our common humanness lends both purpose and empathy to a blogger’s ramblings. So it is in order to prompt meaningful dialogue between us frail humans who are stumbling together towards hope under God’s inscrutable guidance that I will endeavour to put forward some of the questions of my forty-fifth year. Your input is much desired and anticipated. May God help us on our journey together.