Monday, 20 September 2010

Daniel 1

Daniel 1 is an interesting little chapter. Every time I come across it, I wind up refreshed and ready to tackle the day's work in front of me. Not that it mentions work, per se; but what it suggests about the nature of serving under God is deeply encouraging.

Reading through this section tells me that:
  1. God equips us with all the tools, skills, resources, and strengths needed for the tasks He sets us.
  2. To receive these gifts and His blessing what we need to do is (re: Jesus in Matt 6:33) seek first the kingdom of God.
This is immensely comforting; and although sometimes it can be difficult to find the kingdom in a particular set of circumstances, Christ's assurance that He will be with us "even to the end" (Matt 28:20) means that even while we are still seeking, He's already preparing us to find.

So... Whether it be going vegan, praying when I shouldn't (Daniel 6), or merely doing what I do well - it doesn't actually matter. God's already there - ready and waiting to work with me.


Tuesday, 14 September 2010


A week has passed since starting this blog; and yet it remains a proverbial ghost town - hardly the sign of a thriving/attention worthy online soapbox, I am sure. It makes me wonder: maybe I'm just not cut out for this blogging thing. Maybe I'm really not all that interested in performing something that seems topologically analogous to tape-recording D&M conversations I've had with a tree. Or maybe it's that I don't have anything to write about - no thoughts, no crazy ramblings, nada, zilch, zip. Maybe I was kidnapped by fluffy pink cats from outer space and deprived of internet access. Or maybe...

The answer, is that although I do like transcribing my conversations with inanimate objects; I have ideas/musings/etc. that I'd like to write about; and I rarely get abducted by extraterrestrial felines (sad face); I simply don't have time to blog - not when there are a hundred-and-one other things demanding my attention. I can't do everything I need to do and still have time for blogging. I simply don't have enough hours in my day - I need more time.

At least, that's what I tell myself.

I'm sure there are people out there who honestly don't have enough hours in their day - doctors working with Médecins Sans Frontières for example. I'm also pretty sure that I'm not one of them. Sure, my days are filled with a lot of stuff, but how much of it is necessary stuff, and how well do I handle my stuff?
When I get down to it, there's a lot of stuff in my life that is neither necessary, nor beneficial - it just eats time. Procrastination (the bug-bear of many, but particularly the student) is often a feature during study time and although I manage to produce worthwhile material in the end; I have to ask myself how much more work could I churn through if I ceased fooling around and instead devoted that time to my readings?

If that's the only change I make, the answer is simple. "Not a lot".

It is one thing to be working on something worthwhile, but how well am I working? I need to be doing the right thing, in the right way. I can quickly read through the set texts for my course, but if I'm not making sure I'm retaining the information contained therein - what profit is there? If I'm not careful I'll need to re-read that passage again later; not because I need to brush up on a few of the finer points; but because I wasn't taking notes the first time and now cannot remember any of it! The old saying "If something's worth doing, it's worth doing properly" come to mind - if it's worth learning, it's worth learning first time round. If I'm not certain I will be able to remember what's happening in a chapter I can take notes to aid comprehension and transferal of information from 'working' or short-term memory' to 'permanent' or long-term memory. I can also use study techniques like PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite, Review) to structure my information processing and metacognition. In whatever I do, efficiency needs-must become my watchword.

That's a long ramble. I could have said "Do what you do well" and been done with it. I also could have missed the point of the post in the process. If I need to learn the lesson "Do what you do well", then what better way to internalise it than writing 591 words on the topic?

Who knows, maybe if I learn it well enough I'll find time to blog?


Monday, 6 September 2010


After encouragement from Melissa, I have decided to keep an online collation of some of my work--my thoughts and rantings--as a way of both giving myself further leave to write and to open myself up to outside criticism. I hope that it will not be as painful an exercise as is normally the case when one opens oneself up to being possibly lampooned by ones peers. However, if it things do go south, I shall have the comfort of knowing that my worth does not come from the work of my hands, nor the fruit of my mind, nor from the praise of men--rather it comes from God Almighty, Lord and Maker of heaven and earth. For this I am very grateful.

Although content on this blog will invariably be archived chronologically, in no way does this indicate any intention to present thoughts/ramblings/rantings in a systematic or sequential manner. Although the aim of this blog is to get me writing more often, I tend to think topically as the muse takes me. At any rate, anything published here will be drawn from my own private collection of musings, such that not everything I think about will appear here. At least, that is the current intention.