Sunday, 29 June 2008

Things I didn't know a year ago

In no particular order...

  • I didn't know that this past year wouldn't be my last with UCCF.
  • I didn't know that there would be so many encouragements at the University of Cumbria.
  • I didn't know that CUs could be included in fayres as part of a 'well being week'.
  • I didn't know how fun it could be hanging out with 16- and 17-year olds at Myerscough College.
  • And I didn't know that you could study motorsport engineering there.
  • I didn't know what it felt like to sing Mis-teeq in public.
  • I didn't know what it felt like to be in a motorway service station at 4am.
  • I didn't know that refereeing a football match would have such consequences.
  • I didn't know that knowing an aggressive atheist as a friend can be mightily rewarding.
  • I didn't know that studying church history could be so good for the soul.
  • I didn't know that an evangelistic event in Lancaster would lead to someone hundreds of miles away becoming a Christian.
  • I didn't know how welcoming students can be to people that are nothing like them.
  • I didn't know that we were not going to be able to exhibit at the NUS conference.
  • I didn't know how messed-up this world really is.
  • I didn't know the extent to which you can rely on God as the God of all comfort.
  • I didn't know how difficult it was re-affirming the gospel of grace to a lapsed Christian when you've been hurt by the actions of their lapse.
  • I didn't know the extent to which the death of loved ones so profoundly affects people.
  • I didn't know that Christians could divide over such petty issues.
  • I didn't know that I'd love my wife more now than the day I married her.
  • I didn't know that I'd learn to like the book of Proverbs.
  • I didn't know that it was possible to make so many analogies to Blackburn Rovers to illustrate spiritual points in Bible studies (cheers Nick).
  • I didn't know the extent of the height and depth and breadth and width of the love of Christ (it's something I'm still learning...)

3 comments:

Chris said...

thats inspiring

ps having just sampled mario's hungarian wine called "bull's blood", I hear moldovan wine is genuinely special stuff. treat yourself if your still out there!

Anonymous said...

You are getting into Church history? w00t w00t!!

peterdray said...

In fact, I'm off on Thursday.

Moldovan wine is called Cricova - it's wonederful stuff and better still even the best stuff is only about £1.50 a bottle! :)