Today I was thinking back on my M.DIV. experience and the Regent focus on community groups. It was durring thistime of my life when my mentality shifted. i was interrest in how my Regent experience shaped my life in the past few years so I scoured my journals to find an entry that crystallizes the moment when I began my mental shift toward the predominatly community focus i now have. The entry below is the earliest entry I could find.
11 January, 2000
Regent College 1:35pm
Well it has been an interesting morning; I almost got in a terrible accident on my way to Regent. It was snowing and about 5 miles south of Bellingham there was 1 inch of snow and Ice on the ground. I was traveling 40mph and the car broke loose. The tail end passed me and I did a 1180 deg spin. Almost slammed into the guardrail but God was with me and I missed the rail and ended up 2 lanes to the left.
The ironic thing is that I felt lead to pray earlier and decided to listen to one side of Mark on the tape player instead. The spin was 1 minute before the tape ended. One minute later and I would have been ejecting the tape. The timing is very interesting. It just goes to show that I do not have any control over my life.
God is sovereign and he will do what he wants to do with me.
At Matt's Place.
Well I'm stuck in Vancouver tonight! The snow fell and it took me 1.5 hours to go 3-4 Km. Wow! Snow and thunderstorm at the same time, there was a lightning strike about 20 yards behind me, while it was snowing if you can imagine that.
The experience was very strange.
I find that life is just that way.
I must admit, I like the feeling of camaraderie that exists with regent students, the community Idea is well put forth. Several people showed concern and the like. (Was nice.) I was part of a group of people who wanted to just BE. To BE the hands of Christ extended.
I am beginning to see the use and reality of how to live in a communal type of Life. Hmmm… True caring and generosity is a nice thing. What a great idea! I'm lucky to have the environment I'm participating in. I'm not use to this type of thing. Most churches are very shallow and people don't easily go out-of-their-way for anybody.
I do want to live in a caring community though…. Selah
This journal entry points at the beginning of my journey toward a different ideal-mode-expression of Christ-Following.
Tomorrow, some friends and I are going to take a ferry boat to Vashon Island and spend the day exploring. We are being the church, getting to know one another and live life together.
My journey into community is an interesting one. I've made mistakes and unintentionally wounded people due to my own selfish nature. I've learned to accept people as God made them and not what I want them to be. This is the struggle of living in honest community.
Communities are always changing, growing, and evolving into something new. People are community and relationships take work, understanding, faithfulness, caring, nurturing, grace, involvement and most of all forgiveness.
I'll end before I get too preachy on the topic.