Things I’ve Been Learning Lately, vol. IX

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Welcome back to Things I’ve Been Learning Lately!

When we last met for this series, I had just gotten back to West Virginia after three weeks of vacation.  Since then, summer programming at Bishop Hodges has ended and I have settled into the missionary chalet, my home for the rest of my missionary year, and I’m at the tail end of a week-long break before a new season of missionary life begins.

Here are some things I’ve learned in the month that’s passed since my last Things I’ve Been Learning Lately post:

  • Running high-ropes elements for a week at camp is a very different kind of tiring than being a counselor for a week. Truth be told, though, I think I like running ropes better.
  • Doing life in community is always better than doing it alone. Even for introverts.
  • Spiritual mentors and directors are treasures. Sometimes you need someone who can point out God’s presence and action in your life, because we’re not always good at finding it ourselves.
  • There are few things as mind-blowing as a God who thirsts for us. A Creator who isn’t content to just leave His creatures but who thirsts to love them, to help them, to give Himself to them, and for them to love Him back.  Especially creatures as petty and sinful as us.  GAH.
  • On that note, if you thirst for Christ, He’s not going to leave you wanting. He’ll come.  Different people are satisfied by different things—prayers and meditations, books and readings, community and conversations.  And Christ knows the best way to your heart.  He’ll lead you to whatever best quenches your thirst for Him.
  • Prayer is a battle. You have to make time for it, and sometimes that means fighting tiredness and time crunches and an I-just-don’t-wanna attitude.  But it’s a necessity.  Even on busy days of summer camp.  No, especially on busy days of summer camp.
  • Coffee is a nice morning routine. Even if you’re like me and aren’t much affected by caffeine.  There’s something about coffee that reminds me to slow down and savor things.  Which, like prayer, is necessary on a busy day.

 

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