It was in 1981 and the acceptance tester was testing my programme.
"Hmm... Could you do this, this, this and this, please?"
Customer is always right. I spent the morning making the changes. After lunch...
"Hmm... No, it was better before."
So I spent the afternoon changing it back. A day's work to achieve nothing at all...
I learnt a lot that day. Firstly about version control. Keep the old version. You may need to change it back.
Secondly about work. Sometimes you work all day like a slave to achieve nothing at all.
Of course, ministry is never like that, is it ?
Well I spent a good part of yesterday morning preparing for something that I later discovered we aren't going to do.
Still, never mind, surveys on campus next. I arrived in good time and awaited the happy band of colleagues. Ting ! A message ! Tram accident. We're stuck at the other end of the campus. Can you join us here ?
They had a hard time using a survey that wasn't so suitable for the campus they ended up on.
Meanwhile I waited and waited for a tram to join them, then gave up and walked off to the bus-stop to go home.
Thus it was that driving down the road later with my phone shouting "Ting ! Ting !" I yelled "JUST SHUT UP ! I'LL READ IT LATER !" ( laughing, honest... )
I reflected on the bus about how focused we are on what God does THROUGH us and on how focused he is on what he's doing IN us... And I apologised to Pat for my impatience earlier in the day...