Hoddidodds for BeeverSteve

something gritty to chew on

Welcome to my blog.

These are not the voyages of the Starship Enterprise but the reflections and musings of a local church minister about to begin a period of sabbatical study.  Some entries will have practical applications whilst others may resemble a Daliesque stream of consciousness. Those are the more personal entries as I’m holding up a mirror to my own thoughts as I reflect on my faith and life’s journey.

Feel free to comment but please respect these words, thoughts and ideas for what they are.  Most of them come from experience; others will reflect my reading and travel experiences over the next three months. Some are reworkings of older material (where is that PhD when you need it?) – a few will probably be written with the effort of getting my allotment ready for winter. (There’s a message in that somewhere, I’m sure).

Some will provoke, others warn or warm – some may even move you. When you do read, ask God what He might be saying to you. I’d love to hear about it.

The working title for my blog comes from two dialect words in use in rural Cambridgeshire until the 1970’s. A slap up meal at Mrs Miggins’ pie shop for anyone who deciphers the true meaning!

Faking it

I was once known as Claire Adams. True or false? [Answers on postcard please- well, an e mail will do].

http://www.peak10.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/photo-whats-real-and-whats-a-misconception-about-the-cloud.jpgIt’s not easy to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially if it all looks absolutely genuine and likely to be true based on your past experience. If it looks ok, feels ok, seems ok, then it is ok. That’s the modern mantra anyway.

Experience teaches us a lot, alongside knowledge and reflection but it doesn’t always help to know a bit of the background. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The brain plays tricks on us: if we see 5 statements, 4 of which we know to be true, then we usually assume that the 5th is too.

It's your call

When you leave the building what do you take with you?

Railway track
I’m not talking umbrellas on rainy days here nor smart suits for job interviews. It’s more of an attitude thing: what are we like and what values do we take into everyday life?

Leaving a building is more than simply going out the door. It’s a step into a different world often far removed from our place of safety (home or church). We may be going out like lambs amongst wolves (Luke 10:3) but, whatever the circumstances, it will mean that our values will be on the line if we are to remain true to ourselves.

Getting our priorities right

This is the law of ownership from a Toddler's perspective

If I like it - it's mine; if I can take it away from you - it's mine. If I had it a while ago - it's mine; if I say it's mine - it's mine.

If I say I saw it first -  it's mine; if you're having fun with it and I'm not - it's mine. If you put down your toy - it's mine; if it's broken - it's yours

Forgiveness - more than letting go

[This blog entry was written after seeing Gorse Hill School’s value for the month]

A dog suspected of having rabies bit a woman who as walking down the street. She was rushed to hospital, treated immediately but was left in a side room while they checked to see if the dog actually had rabies. While she was lying there waiting, a newly qualified Doctor was assigned to counsel her on the possible consequences of the bite. Within a few minutes, as she grew more thoughtful, he realised he had told her too much.