A new beginning :-)

This morning I was disappointed with myself for a choice I’d made.Β I had some space to sit and journal about it. As I did, a number of things converged together:

– it being Ash Wednesday and so the start of Lent, and I have been wondering about things I might choose to give up in this period as a way of growing my relationship with God

– I was particularly challenged by a Facebook friend who is giving up social networking for this period, so he can have more time to pray.

– An overnight email told me another friend had a new blog entry – and since I’ve just downloaded the new WordPress Android App, I thought I could easily look at it … And at the same time check any follow up comments to my comment in his previous entry – and I found he’d written something encouraging about me having a story to share – which got me thinking whether I believe that – or not …

– yesterday (Tuesday) we decided that I would fly to China in 2 weeks’ time (rather than today!), and so it feels like I have a period of preparation and reflection time …

– for a while I’ve been challenged about accountability in a number of aspects of my life – and I’ve been realising that I don’t share much about my life with anybody in any context … And so, with all these things buzzing around, I suddenly thought: maybe I could start writing a blog?!

So, here I am – and I’ve set a goal to make an entry every day for the period of Lent and right up until Easter Sunday. That seems to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and a clear Timeframe.

Will anyone read it? – well, I’m not sure – but, like speaking on radio, I need to assume that someone will. Anyway, even if no one does, I hope it will be good Self Therapy in working things through for myself!

So, here I am at the start of Lent, not just thinking about things I might give up, but starting something new! Thanks for sharing this window into Rohan’s world … Enjoy the ride with me! Please do comment and share your thoughts with me πŸ™‚


About Rohan

An Aussie trying to make a small difference in the world - currently living in Shanghai, China
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22 Responses to A new beginning :-)

  1. Will be interested to read your reflections

  2. Lyn says:

    Perhaps my lent devotion could be to read your Blog Rohan

  3. Hey Rohan
    Great to see you are blogging, I look forward to reading your reflections. Mate I’m in Hong Kong in March, any chance of a catch up, I don’t know what it means for you to come to Hong Kong. Also I know this isn’t quite blogger etiquette but if you are interested in some of my reflections you can check them out at http://www.p4t.org.au
    Bless ya mate

    • Rohan says:

      Hi Andre. A catch up in HK would be cool if we can work it out … From my end it might largely depend upon the final arrangements I make for some intensive language study when I return to China at the end of February. Let’s stay in touch about it. And thanks for the link … As for etiquette, I’m still finding out some of that!

  4. fran climpson says:

    Look forward to the journey Rohan. Good choice

  5. Matt Garvin says:

    welcome to the world of blogging mate… Nice to see you going for it!

  6. Jenny - jenga.footboot.net says:

    I’ll be reading (only just found you)

  7. Caro says:

    Good on you, Rohan. I have found writing in my own blog a great way to help me process what’s been going on in my life. I have also been quite surprised to hear how many people have found my rabid ramblings interesting and helpful. I hope you will have the same kind of experience. πŸ™‚

  8. Jenny - jenga.footboot.net says:

    (I can’t reply directly to your reply)
    Hope you’re able to get there – have a great time. Hope the Swans win for you, being with your family!
    I’m glad he’s spoken out in support of the team – I’d be upset too! It is a shame though, if people are wanting to paint everyone in sport with the same brush. I would hope though that it would be clear how hard the boys work and train and play week in and out. A well deserved premiership.

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