Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

What’s your dominant life narrative?

As children, we are convinced, naturally, that we’re the centre of life’s story. We demand attention without rationale or reasoning, and are egocentric by design. As we grow older, we start to assess and validate the life stories of others. We become more able to celebrate our friends, and the things they contribute to our… Continue reading What’s your dominant life narrative?

Psychology and mental health · The way we are

The danger of holding back our truest selves

During my tumultuous teenage  years, I fondly remember my older brother encouraging me, in his caring and gentle way, to just “be myself”. I loved that he believed that being myself was worth being, if you know what I mean. I didn’t have to be anyone but me, and all this entailed. Sometimes it’s hard… Continue reading The danger of holding back our truest selves

Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Hearing God’s story impacts ours

What was the content of the last sermon you heard? The key points? The main message? What exactly did you take away from it? Sometimes it’s easy to question the effectiveness of a church sermon when we’re struggling to remember what it was even about. Sure, some bible talks are more coherent, well-structured and ‘powerful’ than others… But even the best… Continue reading Hearing God’s story impacts ours

Life and other catastrophes · Social justice · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

What’s your ‘starfish story’?

Do you know the story about the starfish? Just in case you haven’t, here it is (author unknown): While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed the figure was that of a young… Continue reading What’s your ‘starfish story’?

Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

A morning with Lindy Chamberlain

If you lived in Australia during the 1980s you’d be very familiar with the story of Lindy Chamberlain. The New-Zealand born Australian woman was camping in Uluru with her family in a public campground when, during the night, her nine-week-old daughter Azaria disappeared from their tent. Lindy had seen a dingo coming out of the tent,… Continue reading A morning with Lindy Chamberlain

Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Our stories are important

We all have a story. It’s such an obvious statement, but I think we can forget that each person owns a series of yesterdays which influence their today. This simple truth hit home when I did some volunteer work a while ago. For a month I handed out food and chatted with some of the… Continue reading Our stories are important