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Authorization Inquired

Posted: October 22, 2008 in life
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Like I’ve been saying for a while, although I enjoy my job as a pastor I do wonder about how long the paid pastor will exist as a viable career and I wonder if I’d enjoy something else even more.  I have a lot of different skills and interests and although I do enjoy being a pastor I don’t find it particularly challenging most days and that troubles me.  With these things in mind Jenn and I had a great conversation the other night about what other things I’d be interested in exploring.  Although professional football coach, sports writer, and video game tester would be high on my list, most of those jobs are either unrealistic or would require more schooling that I don’t have money for.  The other one that kept popping up though is maybe a bit more realistic . . . I want to be an author.  I really enjoy putting my thoughts down on paper (or virtual paper on my laptop as it were) and judging by the fact I’ve had a few articles and such published in the past it would seem that some people think my thoughts are worth sharing.  It’s something that I can do along side my current job but if all goes well could lead to a full time job down the road.  Now I know many a young man has declared “I’m going to be a writer” in the past only to wind up “living in a van down by the river”, but I have the advantage of already having a real job and a wife with a real job too.  By no means will this be an overnight transition into being Donald Miller, Rob Bell, etc., but at least it’s a direction for me to work towards and to give me a little more meaning in my life from day to day.  I think I’ll likely start by writing some articles for the MB Herald – something small but still a little notable in Christian circles – and we’ll see where it goes from there.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted so long as you keep looking out for my name to pop up where you least expect.

nancygraceho.jpgI’ll level with you right off the top, I don’t know where this is going.  Usually I’m sleepy by this time – around 12:30am – but tonight I’m not, so I’m wiriting in the hopes of getting closer to sleep.  I spent a little time parousing through and reading all the blogs on my list, in particular Brad’s post that sounded strangely similar to one I wrote myself a few weeks ago about some of the challenges facing young pastors these days.  Tonight I don’t feel like complaining though.  This has been a good week at the church.  Although some may not believe me, I really enjoyed our elder’s meeting this week and it gave me some hope that an answer to my questions may be within reach and not just a pipe dream.  I again was given the affirmation that they are on the same page as I am and would support me pretty much no matter what crazy idea I thought would be the right one.  It’s exciting and daunting at the same time.  Exciting in that I’m getting in on the ground floor of something that I think could be spectacular, and daunting in the sense that it’s the ground floor and there is no particular momentum in any direction (ie. it’s totally up to me to set the direction and create the momentum).  I’m still not sure exactly what direction things will head in yet, but I’m starting to get a little bit of a vision of what it could be.  If you want to guess what that is I guess I could set up some kind of web-based competition to “name that ministry” once it starts up. 😉

Anyways, I’m starting to get a little closer to groggy now – I’ve been watching Nancy Grace do a story about O.J. Simpson’s new trial and that’s enough to make anyone pass out – so I think I’m going to try to get some sleep now.  In hindsight, I guess this post actually went somewhere after all . . . go figure.