February 17 2010

About Simon

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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  1. By Sue Ellen on

    Yay, I’m the first to comment! Oh right… now I need to say something. đŸ˜€

    Good post and great description of being a Christian… I’m looking forward to reading more posts. (Is now the time to confess my blog-reading addiction??)

  2. By Andrew Deeming on

    Good, clear points on describing yourself as a ‘christian’ always tough to accurately describe

  3. By Cecilia on

    hello Simon. I am randomly commenting on your blog because I was involved in a writerly conversation about another person with your surname and you were dragged into the conversation without your knowledge so I thought I would tell you you were being google stalked. happy New year and may I just say I think you look very handsome with glasses.

  4. By Charlie Griffith on

    How can I get a copy of the poem Santa learned the gospel? I portray Santa and will be happy to use this as a tool. Especially when I visit churches.

  5. By Charlie Griffith on

    Simon, I would like to make a donation in order to make a purchase. I would like to use PayPal. Do you except PayPal?

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