All my life I have pushed my emotions aside in a lot of circumstances. Sometimes in crisis circumstances you have to be the person with level head while the rest of the situation is going to hell. In leadership, people don’t necessarily respond to the best plan or the best idea. What they respond to is someone who keeps calm in a crisis. Being in leadership, confidence has gotten me far further than brains. So this week was a real challenge to keep that level-headed nature that I am famous for. It kind of started when my fortress of solitude I have been working on for months suddenly was invaded. It was the first time in a while I could say I was pissed off. I take this kind of crap from people outside the family all the time but this time it was family and it bothered me immensely. So this last few days I have been struggling to get back to that level-headed place and then my Facebook page erupts with my Christian friends going crazy over the SCOTUS ruling over homosexuality. I took a deep breath, wrote m opinion post Rabyd Opinion – A Little Rational Perspective on Gay Marriage for Christians, and then watch that go all over the place. Now here I am sitting at my computer and taking another deep breath and trying to keep level-headed.
Balance is difficult in crisis and when everyone else is having a crisis. Balance is however the most necessary thing to making decisions. It becomes essential for me because right now a lot of things are about to begin for me where I need to be level-headed.
Ministry – I am coming to end of my year long hiatus of ideas for the church. September 1st I will start bringing forth ideas again. The problem is that during this time I haven’t really come up with any new ones, just more of a conviction that some off the old ones are the ones that need to be done. We need to change the service time and start a morning coffee and Bible study (which hopefully will grow into a full-fledged Sunday School) before church and add a little contemporary music to the mix. This has not changed no matter how I think on it. If we don’t eventually do something more for little kids we are going to be in trouble long term. I have two more months more to think on it but this is all I get.
Leadership – My term as a member of the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District begins in a couple of days. I am excited to be back in public service but I am interested to see what happens on a board that is going to have four new members out of seven. The issues facing this school district are very different from a traditional school district. We have three main areas of focus: special education for the five member districts, general education support for those districts and the Career Center which does vocational education for the five member districts. This is a wide array of issues that need to be dealt with and because of my past experience I know I can’t really can’t formulate a plan of action until I know more. Right now I am just soaking things up like a sponge.
Celebration – Not much to celebrate this week. July 4th is coming up next weekend so that might be fun. See what happens.
Spiritual Disciplines – Events and emotions aside, they didn’t play too much havoc on my prayer life but certainly did for my mediation life.
Blessings and Cheers!!!