Friday, July 21, 2006

Thoughts at the end of the week

Thank goodness it's Friday! I've successfully survived another week of Greek school. I must admit that my brain is way too full of paradigms and the 23 forms of "the"!! But, the weekend is for rest and relaxation- and that's my plan! Honestly, I think I'll be camped out on my couch this afternoon watching The West Wing. I need the rest.

I was discouraged by comments by a classmate of mine after receiving the quiz back. This person was complaining about missing six points for a small mistake- nothing major and announcing that a perfect grade was screwed up by a stupid mistake. While I did well on the quiz and I knew I had made some mistakes, I felt worse by the comments. I must continue to remind myself that I don't need to compare myself to anyone else! But, it is human nature, especially within these walls of CTS. I can understand how this person felt- I make stupid mistakes all the time, but it does impact others when you talk about it out LOUD. In the grand scheme of life, Greek quiz grades do not matter. That's why I'm not letting this quiz grade get to me!

On a lighter note, chapel today was amazing! I love when children are leaders in worship. They have some wonderful gifts to share with the church, and I love when those gifts are highlighted. The best moment was when Teddy (who's only three) was "dancing" around on the platform in the front of the chapel during the moment of wonder. It was priceless. He is the cutest kid- and when you are three, that's all you want to do in front of lots of people. It was a wonderful distraction from all the Greek stuff- a great way to remind you why you are here studying Greek. Children have a great way of teaching and reminding us of what really matters. A smile on the face of a kid handing you a cup of goldfish crackers is a wonderful moment of grace and love.

And thanks be to God!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Another day

So, it's another day here in Atlanta. And it's HOT! The worst part is that I have no motivation to do my Greek homework. It's not that I don't understand it, I'm just unmotivated. So, I'm distracting myself by watching The West Wing on DVD- not the most productive thing in the world. Oh well! Such is life.

The funniest thing today was the new student IDs. Last week, we all had our pictures taken for the Greek school directory. A bunch of us decided to have a little fun and all wear this pink scarf in different ways for the pictures. I decided to wear it over my head and covering the lower part of my face. It was a really funny picture- actually all of them were! Little did I know that all of us were getting student IDs- not just the new students. So, I got my new student ID in my box this afternoon, and it was this crazy picture. Then, our dean of students called me a terrorist in front of one of the professors! The joke is getting out of hand! This new ID simply cracks me up and is providing for a few laughs around the campus. Glad I could be of service!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

My thoughts as I begin this

There are so many people here at CTS with blogs, so I thought I'd join in. I'm a 2nd year student at Columbia Theological Seminary, and currently I am learning Greek. I really love it! I must admit that it is eaiser for me than Hebrew by far! This community is changing with new students beginning this summer- and they are wonderful! I'm excited to see how the community will function this fall when we are all back.

I've heard some wonderful sermons here at the CTS chapel this past week. David Bartlett and Chuck Campbell preached two fantastic sermons that remind me of why I am here. I love those moments where I am reminded of my purpose in going to seminary and why I want to serve as a leader in the church. One of the scriptures was 1 Corinthians 14:15 (the name of my blog)- it reminds me that my learning here does serve a greater purpose as I prepare to enter into the ministry- praising with both my spirit and my mind. Also, there needs to be balance- to praise with and enrich my spirit along with my mind. So powerful.

Lately, I've been thinking about the current situation in the Middle East and also the recent developments at General Assembly of PC(USA). What are we all fighting about? I think, deep down, there is this overwhelming sense of fear of the unknown and the other. Fear. It's a very powerful thing. We need to teach young people to not fear "the other" ~ there are more similarities between people than differences when you take the time and effort to get to know people. I'm really scared for the future right now- there are so many people dying, in the way of harm. What is going to happen? I don't know...

I pray for the people in Israel, Syria, Lebanon- ALL PEOPLE in the Middle East and around the world who live in harm's way. Also, prayers for those in our church who are seeking a call, but are being denied for reasons of sexual orientation. Lord, I hope we can move beyond fearing the other.