August 20th 2007 (3) comments so far
Be honest. As you peruse our open conversations, what do you hope to experience?
I had to ask myself the same question””especially since I am now writing my first blog. That’s right, it’s my first blog. Like first step, first kids camp, first junior high class, first car, first kiss, first job, first faith (or in some people’s case, the order might have been changed””my first kiss came last). So since this is my first blog, I’m asking myself what I hope to happen.
For the past five decades I have pretty much given myself to looking for new firsts. I’ve tried different schools; I’ve worked in different types of church settings and leadership positions; I’ve even tried to push myself to experience some things that may have been somewhat scary to other people (at least, so I’ve been told). My wife says I have “stretched her comfort zone” at times (I sometimes wonder what we mean by that, but that’s another blog conversation). So I’m ok with this new first, but I’m still asking myself what I hope to happen.
I’m hoping that I experience something similar to the other firsts in my life. First some things have always opened new experiences for me. Even more, they have always opened new friendships, fresh things to learn, and sometimes some eye-opening insights. Some firsts have become traditions for me; other firsts have never been repeated (in other words, I don’t ever want to try that again). So I’m going to try this first blog.
But I wonder if the idea of a first something has a different ring to it for other people, a different feel to it, a different memory connected with it for other people. It’d be an interesting conversation sometime.
Published by: Paul Utnage
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