Today I pounced on an opportunity to preach. I've made a big deal at work about wanting to focus on doing my job the best I can and thus skipping out on more things like session, being liturgist, and planning meetings, and trusting the Education committee to pick up that slack. So I understand when my Head of Staff questioned me offering and wondered if I was being hypocritical.
Yet as a seminary trained educator I feel that I need the random occasion to preach. It is an important place of education, and for some people the only place that they receive education in the church. Do I dislike that second fact? Yes, but it is a fact. Thus I try to do lots of other things where maybe they'll read or see something educational. Part of the reason this blog has been quiet for almost 3 months is that I was starting up a church blog that I hope will help people hear other voices and grow in their faith. So in order to put my creative energy into that something had to give. In this case it was my voice here that went.
Priorities, my friend. We all have them, and we should review them regularly. What was important to me last year, last week, or even last hour may not be now. Our priorities constantly change and rearrange and we need to be willing to move with them, or to move them around as needed. I hear often of the need to be focused on prayer, scripture reading, service, confession, submission, or worship, but while all of those are good, they are only half of the classical spiritual disciplines. The others: Fasting, Meditation, Simplicity, Solitude, Celebration, and Guidance? They're no less important to us in the big picture. There is no one set list of what makes us most spiritual, most human, most righteous, most anything. It's not about being most, it's about finding what touches us, reaches others, stewards creation, and seeks God at any moment of our lives. All we can do is the best we can do at any one moment. Well that and enjoy things like this:
Also, if you missed my return late last night to blogging please take a look at this and then my view.