I am preparing an article on detached work. One of the questions I have is about the values of detached work. Many of these are drawn from notions of journey, core youth work values, incarnation, relationship theology etc. When i started christian detached work in the early 1990’s (how old am I) these values were still quite fresh and my observations were that they were not the same as i observed in many other christian projects. The growth of writing about relational youth work (Ward etc) and the growth of professional christian training seems to have moved the values I saw in detached work to being more a part of mainstream christian youth work. Is this true in your experience? Any help please?
I have supported the hammers since I met an older, cooler cousin, who had West ham written all over his trainers, I was nine at the time that I pledged my allegiance to the team. That season we won the FA cup and it has been a long time, through relegation, Harry moving on etc that I have stuck with them. My commitment hasn’t really changed, but I no longer have a scarf or write them on my trainers. West Ham or at least my notional commitment to them being my team is a strange constant in my life. We don’t have Sky so I rarely see them on the TV, I will make a point of seeing how they have done at the weekend but couldn’t tell you who they are playing next week. Yet I know they are the team I support. Perhaps its a wishy washy commitment by some standards, but it is a constant and open one to those who ask.
On the road to Emmaus the question asked of the stanger walking with the disciples was “Are you only a visitor here?”. Jesus’ presence, before creation and through and beyond time makes us the visitors. What sites will we see as visitors and how many will we miss if we think we are the tour guides?
A few things caught my attention and I have knitted them together chesk out this hattip to Rev TC and the quote below Hattip Steve
“…the more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.”
G.K.Chesterton in ‘The Paradoxes of Christianity’.
When we are spiritually free, we do not have to worry about what to say or do in unexpected, difficult circumstances. When we are not concerned about what others think of us or what we will get for what we do, the right words and actions will emerge from the center of our beings because the Spirit of God, who makes us children of God and sets us free, will speak and act through us.
Jesus says: “When you are handed over, do not worry about how to speak or what to say; what you are to say will be given to you when the time comes, because it is not you who will be speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you” (Matthew 10:19-20).
Let’s keep trusting the Spirit of God living within us, so that we can live freely in a world that keeps handing us over to judges and evalutators.
Holidays are great. Starting back can be hard, and after a stressful few weeks followed by a couple of weeks off, it is easy to slip back into things at a breakneck pace. However I am determined to manage more effectivly. For me this isn’t just about time but also the amount of things to be juggled. Too many things hovering and needing to be done adds more stress to me than actual amount of time I spend working. So the reflecting through this post confirms that something needs to go.