This morning I have been contemplating exams. For most people this will not be their favourite subject. I have a love / hate relationship with exams. I find them stressful but I also like being able to measure how well I am doing. I want to know that I am hitting the mark. Basically, if you give me a star chart I'm a happy bunny (perhaps I should have mentioned this to Simon at the beginning of my curacy!). My lockdown project has been to teach myself piano and, after a few months break, I returned to daily practice with the hope of taking some exams soon – watch this space!
On Sunday we were thinking about calling; the call to love, to serve and to follow. During the sermon, one of the things I got everyone to do was to write a list of all the things that make them who they are. It's a really interesting exercise to do but, unlike my love of star charts, there is no pass or fail in this system of measurement. The goal is not to be the most accomplished; instead it is to know ourselves and who God has created us to be.
God calls us to come to him, just as we are, to know him and to know ourselves as loved by him. Then he sends us out to share his good news using the gifts, skills and passions that he has given us. We are often at our very best when we are authentically ourselves, restored in the image of God and empowered by his love for the world.
So, whatever you are doing today, be the you God made you to be and use all of your wonderfulness to bring his good news where you are.