Friday, August 1, 2008

An explanation may be in order

I know what you're thinking: what a lame-o last name. Ok, if that's not what you're thinking, you may wonder why in the world I would want to label myself--for the entire blogging world--as "The Intern Anomaly." Well, young padawan, there is a reason, and it all comes down to definitions. I have interned in the Church world for about four years now, and at my current church, one friend and associate endearing began calling me "Intern" instead of ever actually using my name. It's quite amusing all in all. Usually, people do not wish to be called "intern" because it's somewhat degrading; it sometimes has a connotation of subpar, of the go-fer guy, of the one you give tasks to that you really don't want to do yourself. Well, I was thinking about the term intern and it really is described as a student who is training under someone with more experience. They are employed not just to help, but to learn. The entire stance of an internship is that "I don't know all there is to know about this so I want to learn from someone who knows at least a little more than I do."

So all in all, I decided an Intern is really what I want to stay. I want be ever learning, ever positioning myself under wise mentors, ever understanding that I do not know it all. I want to admit that in life, I don't always have all the answers, but as an Intern, I can contribute to the discussion. God will always have new things to teach me, so I figure I ought to always be in the position of student--whether I someday get paid a full-time salary or not.

So, what's with this "The Intern: Anomaly"? Here's the definition of anomaly:

a·nom·a·ly (-nm-l)

n. pl. a·nom·a·lies
1. Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
2. One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify
Anomaly means weird. And you know, there's a lot of weird things about me. Not many in our culture decide to forever take on the stance of humble student. We usually want to be the one with the answers, we want to be the one giving the grades, the one others look up to. So it's very much an anomaly to admit I don't have all the answers, heck (can I say heck?) I don't have a tenth of the answers. BUT ----> I'm willing to ask the questions. Like oh so many blogs, I will be divulging my very many, random wonderings about life, God, and how the two collide. Most of my posts will most likely be long and semi-scattered, but I hope that won't deter you from entering into the discussion I have--very often--with only myself. The Intern Anomaly will have many things that have been said before and will probably be said again, but I hope that it may be a departure from the normal in that we might quietly question what is assumed, what is standard, what is simply accepted and might bring to light what it means to live a life that, from the outside, is difficult to classify.