Snoopy beat me to it. These days though the issue for me when I do theology is not right or wrong but whether or not the theologian himself is right before God. To me theology and the theologian should be something that overlap. Theology without soul is dead letter. Soul without Theology is aimless and wandering. This is why I spend more time working on me before God in truth and then let whatever theology flows from that come out to give me direction. It is about being right in life and faith so it takes a more comprehensive view of things in my mind to do good theology.
Part of this is find that which transforms you. I have long ago given up that I can change myself too much other than in superficial ways like habits and choices as it is when those habits and choices put my in front of God that he changes me. It is about spiritual disciplines that place oneself in a place where God can change you. That is why I have spent an inordinate amount of time this week focused on myself as less on other things. It is about putting me back in perspective. My guess is that my surgery was the catalyst for this desire and the trigger. I also have been through prayer changing my way of doing things from tasks to roles.
The main thing here is that it is not about doing certain things but being certain things and then each day ding something that reinforces that role. The journal posts are an accounting and reflection of these things. When I say I am a theologian it means doing something each day that reinforces that idea either through drawing close to God or dwelling on his Word. This blog is then supposed to be a reflection of he results of that process in some way shape or form.
My main habit now as I have worked on this a couple of weeks is to first thing each day name off the roles one by one and ask what can be done to reinforce them that day. Then at the end of the day say them again and ask if I actually did what I set out to do that day. It is simple enough to say, harder to do. So far it has gone OK and there has been improvement each day. Sometimes a role has to be expressed in creative ways like Weight Lifter right now given my recovery restrictions. So I find other things to do that remind me of weight lifting but don’t actually involve weights and the gym. Each role has its own unique problems in expression.
By taking this approach, I hope to keep myself in a place where God can change me in a direction he would like to see me go, while at the same time preserving my own freedom to define myself which I believe God wants as well seeing he has given us freedom. It is a real balancing act.
From a theologian perspective it is all part and parcel to theology being built into life and constantly living and growing. If a person’s theology has not changed since they became a Christian, I would question their walk with God. God and life are just to being and vast to think we have them all wrapped up and understood in a short space of time. Even if we were to live a thousand years, this would be so.
Blessings and Cheers!!!