Saturday, December 27, 2008

I don't do well with chaos. I'm one of those people who likes order, knowing the answers, having things neatly labelled and boxed.

Much to my discomfort, this doesn't fit well with the two most significant things in my life.

My faith journey with God is messy, complicated and most of the time filled with unanswerable questions. It is beautiful, exhilarating, confusing, frustrating, poignant... and messy.

My passion for social justice, my studies (a mix of anthropology, human geography, politics and international studies) and attention to global issues are also, well, filled with chaos.

My biggest battle over the last year has been to make sense of both these realities. To understand how faith and social justice intersect; how they both find meaning and expression in my life. Of course, I'm discovering that this is a battle that will probably never end... this is a journey I will make for the rest of my life. Which is a hard realisation for my order-loving nature to make!

However, this is a battle I'm willing to fight. I want to live a life that expresses my faith AND my desire to see greater justice in the world; because I believe that is what God is passionate about as well.

So this is what I want to write about.... I want to blog my journey and all the things I learn as I move through each day trying to make sense of the chaotic beauty of living. Writing is the way I have always made sense of things. Writing is my thought process. Writing this blog is a way for me to make sense of the issues I am dealing with.... And if along the way I encourage, challenge, get others thinking and talking about the issues, then I will have fulfilled part of what I think God calls me to.

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