I have been thinking recently about how I am so different to many of my friends. For a long time I think I tried to be like all of them, but then the realization slowly dawned that I need to be me.
I don't need to be foodie-Kate. I can't think of Kate without thinking of the kitchen....from hot sticky buns when I first knew her to more recent rich chocolate doofas that I couldn't pronounce even before I'd forgotten what she called them! Kate loves you by filling your tummy with delectable yummies and filling your mind with probing conversation at the same time. And thankfully she loves me enough to drop by and be satisfied with plain ol' homemade baked beans not sporting any fancy ingredients from my kitchen.
I don't need to be jumping-mad-Michelle. She jumped off a bridge only attached to a little piece of elastic. I would NEVER do that!
I don't need to be tri-athlete everybody. It seems all my friends are busy having babies (even twins) and then doing triathlons six months later or at least taking part in FUN RUNS (now there's an oxymoron!!!!!)
I don't need to be mall-trawl-mother. My mum likes to wander round malls and chat to people. I can't stand being in those big pumped-air piped-music windowless enclosed spaces that feed discontent and generally sell products that exploit at least someone in their manufacture.
I don't need to be a people-person-jess-people-person! So this one could be Kate too! These girls like to have people around all the time, every day. It energises them.....in my head I understand this, but I just can't see how it can be possible - heehee.
I don't need to be like Sharon who likes knitted tea cosies and floral teacups (for the record, she's my age, not old enough to be my Nana!).
We are all different and yet we all connect. We all have a part to play, we can learn from each other (thanks Kate for turning me into a Washing Queen), we each have a work to do to serving God and others around us.
I simply want everything I do to be an act of worship to God. ********************EVERYTHING******************** like a spider's web, intricately woven, the threads of our lives are entwined, making us who we are, where we are, at this time in history.... here's a small record of one family's journey to love God