Hey, I’m Simon Camilleri. I was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1978 and have lived in this great city all my life.
I am many things.
First and foremost, I am a man forgiven and in relationship with God thanks to Jesus. I am a Christian. I could have said that first, but I thought the title “Christian” has a lot of baggage for many people. It comes across to some as just a religious affiliation box that gets ticked.
I was going to say that I am a follower of Jesus, which seems a more hip way of saying Christian, but even that is heaped with misconceptions. It seems to put the focus on my committment to Jesus, when in all honesty, I am often half-hearted, apathetic and stubbornly self-righteous when it comes to following Jesus.
Primarily, being a Christian isn’t about your committment or who you follow. It’s not about you at all. It’s about Jesus. It’s about who he is and what he has done.
So sure I aim to follow Jesus for the rest of my life, but ultimately, if you want to know who I am in terms of me being a Christian, you should know me, not as a follower, but one who has been forgiven for all the times I don’t follow. Know me not as one committed to Jesus, but as one who has experienced just how committed Jesus is to me. I am one who has been rescued out of darkness and death and by God’s grace and wonderful work on the cross, I have been brought into friendship with God, and now I walk with God every day. Sometimes reluctantly, often half-heartedly, but never alone. I am a Christian.
That is who I am first and foremost.
Apart from that (or maybe, built on top of that) I am also the following things:
- A 35 year old male
- A husband
- An active member of my Presbyterian Church
- A Graphic Designer at a funeral parlour
- A Biblical Storyteller
- An entertainer who plays the piano, sings, writes comic poetry, does magic tricks, invents board games and can juggle.
- A friend
- A son
- A brother
I have started this blog just for a bit of fun, but I hope it will also help me put some of my thoughts down so I don’t have to bug everyone with them! I hope you find it an interesting and enjoyable read.
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