Monumental Moments

Monumental MomentsIt took only a moment.  Yet it will last a lifetime.

One year ago Tuesday, on the 10th of January to be exact, while preparing a sermon at my desk, the phone rang and the voice on the other end began by saying “Are you sitting down?”….

Sometimes moments become monuments, frozen in time, never to be forgotten.

That day Jenny Gilpin, Executive Director of City Hearts, rang me out of the blue and offered me a job as Anti-Trafficking Director.  This proposal meant leaving my much-loved London and moving 155 miles (umm…not that I counted) north to the town of Sheffield, where I knew – nobody.

This would be the third time in eight years that a decision matching this description paraded in front of me – first was moving to a new country 4,000 miles away, second was a new city of 8 million people, and now another new ‘culture’ as I moved from the south to the north.  All three moves meant starting over completely, not knowing anyone, and frightfully having a brand new set of streets this directionally challenged girl needed to learn.

The process of growth is never easy, but it is always worthwhile. [TWEET that if you like]

It is interesting to me that physical monuments often reflect a mix of glory and pain, victory and loss.

The Great Wall of China – what a monument, yet over 1 million lives are said to have been lost in the building of it. The Arc de Triomphe is a Monument to Napoleon’s achievements, yet underneath is the tomb of France’s Unknown Soldier. The Statue of Liberty is the iconic symbol of FREEDOM.  But it involved men working 10 hour days, seven days/week, for 9 years…..to construct the pedestal.

Our monumental moments carry with them the fraternal twins of joy and sorrow.

In front of me sprawled an unbelievable opportunity; but opportunity brought with it more fears to face and comforts to leave….again.

One year on I can confidently say my terrified yes has morphed into contented thanks.

And for that reason, etched on that monumental memory, I choose to boldly write: THE BEST IS YET TO COME.


What memory has become a monument (good and/or bad) in your mind? 

If you were to etch words underneath, what would they say?

“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18

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5 thoughts on “Monumental Moments

  1. Mary Hutchison says:

    Sheffield huh? I know someone in Sheffield – went to Rwanda with him many years ago. They say it’s a nice city – not that I’ve ever been, but I’m sure you will love it before you know it! Lovely hearing your updates Jen

  2. Karin Nelson says:

    As always, Jen, wonderful insights and food for thought. These truths definitely have application in my self-employed / business owner status. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Elsa says:

    Jen, thank you for your words of encoragement. I am just about to leave for the US and give up all my comforts as I know them in the UK. How timely!

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