In the fall of 2008, I gave a series of sermon to the congregation I still serve today, on creating margin in life. A theme for that series was Learning to say “no” so that I can say “yes” to God, and, as I was to discover, yes to life.
Thus began a journey in which I started letting go of many involvements in my state and national church circles and the community in which I live. It took me nearly three years to let go of all of them but I finally did it!
Since then I have had some minimal involvement in my state and national church work and my community. But in the latter part of 2017, I began to sense that it was time to
As I have read posts by others on this one word journey over the years, a common refrain I have heard from those sharing their One Word for the New Year is:
“My word found me. I did not find my word.”
I have found this to be true, especially this year’s word as I began to experience re-engagement in the final months of last year.
But this new word, this new focus, does NOT mean that I am going to sign up for anything and everything!
I am going to keep it simple and focused in the following ways:
In community service…
A single community service focus which I believe has found me is being part of a team of people to help my community effectively deal with mental health. A conference called “Speak-Up,” organized by the Lutheran Foundation of Ft Wayne, Indiana, back in November, revealed to me that the issue of mental health and the church was vital importance. As the speakers shared, I realized that I needed to address this issue with the congregation I serve.
In personal relationships…
The opportunity to meet with small groups of people this next year to discuss life and faith and whatever else comes up has presented itself. I am looking forward to getting out of my office and meet in local coffee shops and perhaps elsewhere.
Through Social Media…
I have been a user of social media for the past 10 years and, while I have dropped off Twitter and Facebook at times in the past, I am still “on” them. Twitter has been the place where I spent time engaged in a caregiver’s #carechat and now I am planning to join a Mental Health twitter chat this year.
As with my other words, it will be an interesting journey this year.