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claire dp 1When I was 16 I lived in Blenheim and would get awesome summer jobs at fruit farms over the holidays.  One year I worked for The Jones Strawberry Farm picking strawberries, a delicious but back breaking job.  I then worked for an Apricot farmer, as a picker first of all, but then in the pack house because as we quickly discovered being near the ground is an excellent quality for a strawberry picker, not so great for an apricot picker.   My day revolved around sorting the fruit, packing the fruit, stacking the packs of fruit.  Sort, stack, pack.  I was the only one in the pack house and so spent long hot days sorting, stacking, packing.

On Tuesday a friend of mine shared a hilarious take on the myers briggs personality types on facebook – The post begins with “They say that one man’s heaven is another man’s hell and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to the sixteen Myers-Briggs Personality Types. Each one is inspired, enraged and absolutely tortured by something slightly different. Here’s the destiny that would psychologically destroy each Myers-Briggs Personality type.”

Im and ENFP and this is what it said about me.  Every minute of the rest of your life has been scheduled for you – and it’s a long series of arbitrary, solitary tasks.

Sort. Pack. Stack.  By myself.  Sort. Pack. Stack.   For 2 long months.  Thankfully not the rest of my life.   The first few days of the job were great.  Good time to pray and think, I’m by myself, I can contemplate the great mysteries of the universe and dream and plan my future.  After about a week of sort, pack and stack, by myself, a long series of arbitrary, solitary tasks, I found myself going slightly cookcoo, because how many of you know, especially if you are an ENFP there is only so much deep and meaningful productive positive thinking you can do by yourself.. through another person in the mix and boom, you’re happy, but conversating with yourself, just isn’t the same. and contemplating what is the meaning of life.  The big questions.  What was I here for.  What is God’s plan for my life.  How will I get there.  Who am I, really.

Whether you’re in a job you hate or a job you love, whether you’re at school or uni, whatever stage of life you’re at these are important questions.  What does real living look like?  Because there is a difference between being alive and living, really living.

We can go through life, even successfully, ticking the boxes that define achievement for us, getting the great job, marrying the great person, having the great kids and the great cat and the great house, travelling to the great places etc etc but even that can miss the mark of what living really is.

 

Paul summed it up in 4 simple words in Philippians 1:21

To live is Christ.

This is one those rare times when Paul is brief.  Usually he has sentence with too many commas and plenty of detail and flesh.  But this one is 4 words.  To live is Christ.

 

In 2 Cor 5:15 he says  For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him.

This is the standard he is living by.  This is how he defines his life.  This is the mission statement that wraps parameters and boundaries around not only the big picture but also day to day.  Paul is saying that everything he has tried to be, everything he is, and everything he looked forward to being pointed to Christ. To live is Christ.

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not only was it may the fourth on saturday but i also changed my text tone to reflect the star wars fan-ness that is our family.  it now says “message from the darkside” in a yoda voice.  it used to be “guys where are we?” (charlie from LOST) but i got so many texts on wednesday night during housegroup (had to keep it on because MIL was going into hospital, my hubby taking her) that i figured a change might be worth it.  message from the darkside might be equally hilarious and distracting though.  esp during family prayer time… lets just say there were lots of giggles as it went off during a timely pause as evangeline was praying…

 

 

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i had fun yesterday – first day back at school for the kids – which means first day back into stuff for me… discovered http://www.fotor.com/ and made some collages of the kids (below) and our awesome holiday and then made one for our Daughter’s Conference ILLUMINATE coming up in June

 

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and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving

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in this digital age i confess i dont buy cds anymore.  i buy itunes.  i use spotify.  so when we packed the car and headed off on holiday i was like eeeek – we need music!  grabbed karanga by Cindy Ruakere and it became the soundtrack of the holiday and the soundtrack to my heart.  love love love it.  i remember the first time listening to this album bursting into tears at a traffic light as my heart was moved for revival and revival in New Zealand.  again that passion was stirred.  again that love was released.  we didnt change the cd.  the kids now sing along at full volume.  it felt almost like a prophetic declaration as we drove throughout the north island – that this is the day, this is the time!

 

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as i mentioned we fell in love with icarly.  we dont have sky at home so it was very exciting to have sky at our unit.  and stairs.  yes seriously.  on thursday (a bit of a tough day at the end) the final ever icarly got played on sky.  in fact all day was an icarly day so we came home after a fun day out and then a “nasty discovery” to hug and watch icarly.  evangeline had happy tears – i love her soft heart and glistening eyes. 

 

 

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and in the evenings with the kids tucked upstairs and the heat pump on tony and i would watch fringe, season one.  rewatching.  i love rewatching.  almost as much as watching the first time.  esp when it comes to fringe lost type programmes with layers and meanings.   i confess i cant watch the gross bits but oh how i love it!

 

 

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this post is totally about things i totally love to the point of addiction… case in point… minties… as a gluten free/dairy free chick my sweet tooth options for travelling are a bit limited… so i’ve fallen in love with minties again…

 

 

and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving

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we just had an amazing recharging week away in turangi.  we had lots of adventures including fishing at the tongariro national trout centre, rock climbing, maze adventures, mini golf and a trip to the war museum.  we also had down time on rainy days (most of the week – though on the times we were out and doing things we had fine weather) incl watching icarly (which we hadnt watched before really) which we are now totally addicted to (and got to watch the final ever episode – which means happy tears from evangeline) and tony and i did a fringe season one marathon.  we also made the most of the pool and the spa and ping pong table.

 

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and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving

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