Monday, December 20, 2010

reverb 10: december 20 - beyond avoidance

reverb 10

December 20

Beyond Avoidance: What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

Well, the first thing I should have done this year is to get even more on top of finances. I like to pretend that I am rich, which, as a pastor, is not the case. I am realizing I have an affinity for shopping and for buying things, perhaps because, in most cases, I am a little bit bored. I enjoy deciding what to buy, researching where I will get the best price, comparing online, etc etc. This is not a good way to spend my time, and certainly is not ushering in the Kingdom, plus it is depleting my pocketbook and derailing our family goal of saving to buy a different house. I need to track expenses, to be more mindful of how I am spending (this is probably the top point), and to stop bringing junk into my home that I don't need or truly desire to have in the house.

Another thing that I'll just put out there because perhaps if it goes a little bit public it will help continue to spur me on toward the goal: I have been thinking more and more and more about going through a program to become certified to do practical counseling or marriage & family therapy. Not sure if I prefer to go through a full course of study for another Master's in something like Pastoral Counseling, or if I want to do a program specifically designed for pastors to get my MFT, but I think more and more about it these days. I audited a course at Lancaster Theological Seminary this fall called Ministry with Couples and Families and I really enjoyed it, especially learning more about systems thinking. So, at this point, I am not entirely sure how I would work it into my schedule, but for one thing, it may cure that boredom concern from the financial discussion above!

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