I have always had an interest in mythology of the cultures. For my money, while the Greeks and Romans have the most well known mythology in the Western World, the Egyptians have the most interesting system and some of the more interesting characters. The phoenix being one of my favorites.
A few months ago I took one of those infamous Facebook quizzes. Most of them are junk or maybe good for a grin and a giggle, but this one looked like someone had taken some times with it and developed a way of looking peoples’ personalities through the eyes of mythology. In the end after asking its 20 something questions I felt it was more about helping people genuinely understand themselves little better. My result was The Phoenix.
The Phoenix is the fiery mythological bird that once killed rises from its own ashes the next morning. Its immortality is build on a cycle of life and death. It can be killed but it always comes back to life. For me the quiz stated that I simply am one of those people who keeps rising from the ashes. my life is not one of steady incline with things getting better and better all the time, but a series of ups and downs but I never stay down. I am persistent and stubbornly refuse to accept failure and I am not interested in small things but rising to face the major challenges. It’s go big or go home and if I fail, don’t expect me to stay down there.
I would have to say this was pretty good assessment of my life as whole. No matter what I am facing in life I have this relentless pursuit of what is next. I may sit for a while as my wounds heal and sulk but it never lasts long and sooner or later the ashes of my situation become another fiery rebirth where I go to find new worlds to conquer. Depression for me is a door to something else, not a permanent swamp where I get stuck.
Right now I feel the stirring of the ashes and a spark reigniting. The rundown:
Leadership – Really only one question remains for me on this one. It is a question of political parties and which one to choose. Once that decision is made, the quest becomes clearer.
Ministry – Thus whole year for the church is me waiting for a new spark. I have proposed no new vision t least specific one. The theme for the Year – “Enjoying God’s Harvest”. My whole goal in ministry this year is to see what God brings about and what spark he chooses to ignite in me. He after all is the only true source of new life.
Celebration – The new year is rapidly moving forward. There are many celebrations ahead. I feel something stirring about this year as I see friends and family approaching milestones. For myself no significant numbers are approaching other than another birthday in March and another anniversary in June. It is usually though in these years when the numbers are not significant milestones to anyone else, the become significant to me.
Spiritual Disciplines – I can not speak too much on this topic right now because of where I think the Spirit is leading is much to intimate between me and God to speak of it openly. All I can say is a see things being very different, very soon.
The ashes are getting a little warm. There is a stirring of life and I am wondering where I will be flying off to in the coming year I have already seen the beginnings of certain possibilities but what part of the sky will I fly this time. Only time will tell.
Blessings and Cheers!!!