If you walk into our Kings Cross cafe you will see plates stuck on the wall. Each of them is decorated with the hopes and dreams of members of our community. Too often when the struggles of life hit, the focus of concern is on “What is the matter with you?” At Wayside we much prefer to ask, “What matters to you?” This is an important question as it shifts our attention beyond the present moment towards a preferred future. As humans, we are at our best when our future is beyond us and we are looking forward. When things are at their worst, our future is only 5 minutes away and we get trapped in a world where the best outcome can only be relief. When it is beyond us we are awakened to the possibilities that hope holds. We don’t need a map of the future, we just have to believe it is there, somewhere.
Yesterday on the way home I was arrested by soul-stirring piano playing coming from the chapel. I sat alongside a young man on the piano stool as he poured himself into the piece. When he’d finished playing, we sat together for a short time until he looked at me and said, “That was to quiet the monsters in my head, normally it takes a few points up my arm to make them go away.” It was a beautiful soundtrack for a precious life. We embraced briefly and walked out together to head our separate ways, but each of us with a newfound sense of the other.
It’s school holidays so Lisa and I will be taking a week’s leave with the girls down in Melbourne with family, so next week we will be taking a break from sending an Inner Circle. I look forward to getting in touch again on my return.
Thanks for being a part of this Inner Circle,
Pastor & CEO