Hello world. I’m starting a blog. I like writing, almost as much as I like drawing pictures on Justin’s ipad, so both words and pictures will appear. I spent a month brainstorming funny names for the blog, with puns and metaphors and double entendres. But none of them were perfect, so I’ll giggle to myself over them and stick with “Natalie’s Blog” for now. (If you have any blog name ideas, tell me and I will include them in the vote.)
My job is to listen to university students and to help them see God’s fingerprints on their lives. Sometimes this means interpreting painful experiences they have had in light of a bigger story. Sometimes it means synthesizing their skills and gifts in a way that helps them serve, or make career decisions. Sometimes it means helping them see that there IS a God and that he’s the kind of God who acts into our lives, even into the details. My career is technically called “university ministry,” but to me, that conjures up images of a serene, chaplain-looking guy in a collar strolling around a British campus explaining to earnest, clean-cut students the difference between justification and sanctification. That is not what I do. You’re more likely to see me sitting in a coffeeshop discussing whether robots will one day have souls. Or fighting a losing battle against my email inbox. Or running across campus in the rain, carrying like 12 2-liter bottles of soda. (That’s a lie. Seven bottles is my personal best. I have no upper body strength.)
Bottles of soda occupy a lot of my mental space. Will we have enough beverages for everyone? The right variety? Will there be a recycling bin nearby or will I have to carry them all back to recycle them? At what point precisely is the soda flat enough to dump out without feeling guilty? I don’t really know what this blog will be about yet. But I think it has something to do with figuring out the intersection between the mundane tasks of my life and career – the 2-L bottles – and the purposeful, meaningful, fulfilling stuff. (finding God’s fingerprints and helping to shape souls and all that).
I’ll keep you posted.