As I went through my sabbatical I did a very different rundown concentrating on my sabbatical goals and so my regular goals were not on display as much. As I passed through the sabbatical I realized that perhaps I had too many goals and that might be the problem with my regular goals. Trimming things down to more of an identity based goal system with goals related to those identities might be more beneficial.
What I mean by identities is that there is some identity I am striving for and there is a goal that is related to that to strive for. Example: Writer – writing each day. The identity is ‘writer ‘ but the goal is ‘write each day’. I have had twelve goal areas for many years but the more I live there always seems to be three or four of them that make minimal or no progress and so my thoughts turn to more of a “What do I want to be?” and “How do I get there?” type of system.
In the case of the Spiritual side of my life this involves changing from Celebration, Leadership, Ministry, Spiritual Disciplines viewpoint to instead three Spiritual identities I am trying to achieve. After much thought I have decided on the following three identities. Leader, Minister and Theologian. The explanation of each and the goal associated with each are as follows:
The Spirit Rundown:
Leader – To be a leader is to be out in front and leading but in this particular case it involves my other profession of politics. this is about community leadership. The goal for the rest of this year is to get elected to the Reed City School Board.
Minister – This is to be the pastor I need to be and is about leadership of the church. I have in many ways achieved one of my major goals here which was to take a sabbatical and get a better perspective on where we need to be going and what I need to be doing at this point. If there is a goal that remains it is to start the process of heading in the right direction.
Theologian – It takes more to be a good theologian than a command of scholarly pursuits. That is part of it, but the best theologians are also deeply spiritual people and so I work to be that as well. I think it is interesting that I have equated being a theologian to being a brewer and bartender as this involves love and connection both spiritually and with community on top of incredible knowledge. My goal is to start to understand this blog as more and more an expression of theology rather than Writing. I need to embrace the theological brewer and bartender role more and more. Blogging needs to be more and more about expressing my theology rather than a writing exercise.
I will be doing this change in my other two areas over the next two posts but I think the identities and goals I am expressing here are going to be much easier to achieve but also much harder as they require more evaluation. The upside is there were be about three fewer things to engage.
Blessings and Cheers!!!