Life has been quite busy the last couple of months. The last of the academic work for this year is done, only waiting for one last mark to see if I have passed the degree. For me I came to college with the thinking that I’m here as part of my formation for ministry, passing the degree was not a top priority but would be a bonus if it happened. I also was not especially confident that I would pass as I’m not academically minded, being dyslexic doesn’t make it easy for me to engage with academic language.
It became in a way a barrier I imposed on myself, having been told for years that it wasn’t something I was good at – I never challenged it. It does turn out that I may not be as thick as some people used to think. Though it’s hard to change that mindset in myself.
As we come to the end of this stage of our training and look towards heading out into different circuits and districts, we reflected over the weekend on retreat on the subject of Great Expectations. Those of ourselves, others and God. To my fellow students I would like to say
Don’t be too hard on yourself!
It has been a joy and a pleasure to share this part of the journey with you, one which I hope will continue as we are sent out to put our training into practice. You have been a great blessing and I include our Anglican colleagues in this as well. It has been great to share this time with you all.