Blue-sky Thinking

Definitions

noun

  1. creative ideas that are not limited by current thinking or beliefs

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This piece of management jargon has been adopted by my friend Maria and I when we need to justify sitting around exercising our creative genius in the form of planning and dreaming. I always LOVE it and it totally brings me to life. Blue-sky thinking – yeh!! If any of you need excuses, you can have this one for free. ‘Sorry I never got round to re-filling the fridge/ doing my homework/ cleaning the car, I had a session of blue-sky thinking’. You’re welcome.

We Nichols went to a conference here in Dubai, hosted by the church we’re connected with. I’d say it was very much ‘blue-sky’ and I loved it. One of the hilights was the 10 year anniversary of the church here, which we celebrated with lots of different national dress. One of our core values that we’re taking to our new work in Bloemfontein is the outworking of this scripture:

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Ephesians 2:14-16)

Cool. In Jesus, people who would naturally be suspicious of each other, or even enemies, stand shoulder to shoulder on equal footing. Better than that, they have a genuine love for each other as they are family. The most powerful example I’ve seen was of this was in the church in Clarens, SA, where a guy who had been imprisoned for his connections to the ANC worshiped next to his Africaans brothers. In our UK church we have much more watered down versions, e.g. Tories and lefties, even Saints and Pompey fans – ha! The point is, the Jesus thing supercedes it all.

Anyway back to the fancy dress… (you know how I love a bit of dressing up!).There were some beautiful sights:

And some pure comedy from my friend Simon from, wait for it… Swindon:

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PS. Suppose I’d better give you an update. We got our long-awaited waiver letter through from SA whilst we were flying over to Dubai. (What is with flying? We exchanged on our house during a flight too!) The letter says we can apply for visas, so we’ll have to do that soon in London. Our stuff won’t get released to us in SA until three months after we receive our final visa so we can’t go ahead and set up home for a good while yet. Seeing as we’ve said our goodbyes in the UK, and the church here in the UAE could use some help, we’ve been invited to wait here instead. Dubai is doing us good, and we have a deep affection for lots of people here who are so welcoming and friendly. Hopefully we’ll be moving on ready for the beginning of the school year in SA, early in the new year.