6 September 2018
September is often accompanied by the farewell to summer slowness, the lazy, hazy days of soaking up holidays, festivals, bbqs, and this year the surprise element of a heatwave. As September begins, not only do we see the daylight hours begin to reduce and the temperatures start to drop but it is also when social media is covered with the obligatory photos of children in school uniforms, marking transitions and seasons; when students are gearing up for a new term at University; and when teachers prepare lessons for a new school year. September is often associated with learning......
This September at Third Space we are asking God what he wants to teach us for this next season, we are asking ourselves what it is we want to learn and where we most want to grow. This term we have scheduled ways of learning into our diaries, from media training days, chaplaincy training modules, books, conferences and gatherings, and these are so incredibly helpful. But often the teaching comes through the unplanned moments too, the gentle whispers of God on a prayer day, the verse that leaps out from a devotional time in God's word, a theme that starts to develop over a few weeks, the loving correction that comes when we steer off course.
In a world where our diaries are overflowing, where we get tired and self absorbed, it is easy to become lazy and complacent about the need to learn. As a team we are aware of this danger and want to resist temptation to fall into it, we long to stay alert to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to the recognition of the Father's voice, and to only doing what the Father tells us to do, and to regularly challenge and stretch ourselves. We don't always succeed but we are doing our best. So this term we are hungry for what God wants to teach us, we are intentional about being open and making time and we pray with the Psalmist "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:4-5