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

Friday, April 13, 2007

who are you?

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.


Jen and family said...

God made you who you are
a special unquie individual

I would NEVER bungee jump either arrrrrrrrr scary!

Jen at http://jenz.wordpress.com/

kate5kiwis said...

well, i'm about to burst into tears (must be tired lol)...
we started talking about this the other week during one of our email wrangles... you know, knowing myself, giving myself space, and being happy to *really* just be me and celebrate the way i'm knitted together (eeeeeeeeeeew, a *knitting* metaphor: from moi???)
it's a thirties thing, and quite thankfully, i'm loving it.
huge mwah to you, gorgeous girl X

Rach said...

hope those are happy tears katie-potatie (look a foodie-word from me!!!! we are so on each other's wavelength!!!!)

Sharonnz said...

I think it's amazing how He brings together people in such an intricate tapestry. People with similar hopes, dreams, values, beliefs but such different personalities. I feel so privileged to be part of your tapestry with my granny ways;-)

kate5kiwis said...

yeah, happy tears, cos i *love* it when chicks (especially, but guys too) "find their buzz" and go off and merrily do it.
oh, and it's petits pots aux chocolats.. and i will always remember how you finished off everybody's desserts: even licking the bowls.....
see, you *do* have a foodie-onion-layer

Tara said...

Ahhh yes! Great post, and good reminder. I sometimes get a bit lost in the who's me bit. Maybe because when others inspire me I wonder if I can do that too? Sometimes I think I like to be everything/everyone....on another note, I was at a friends the other night where there were people we had never met, and we were marvelling at how despite that, we had SUCH an amazing connection in Christ.

Da Setiuz Mama said...

Thanks for sharing that profound piece of heartfelt thinking Rach!
It spoke to me.....I think I too often try to 'copy' others in the hope that I might find my groove.......BUT I am slowly (slowly being the operative word) learning to have my own style, my own way of doing things...while all the time still learning from others. The way I decorate my home is a great example....I have 1 sister who is into the minimalist thing and focuses her colours round brown, black and green. Very classy. I have another sister who loves the victorian scene (think Jane Austen). I am neither of those people and i have my own taste....I love the tropical, pacfic flavours with lots of colour and symbolic patterns. I would buy furniture (if that ever happens) from the importer NOT freedom furniture etc etc. It is Oh so important for us all to be ourselves as HOW boring would it be if we were all the same !!!

Rosie said...

It has (and still is!) taking me so long to learn this one......Isn't it wonderful to think that God has so intricately designed us all to be so different and yet we are able to appreciate each other and learn about ourselves, through each other. Thanks, Rach and Kate, for being such an important part of my journey, at different timesxx