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More or Less Of? 2nd in a series on lifestyle choices

October 6, 2017

Quick review from yesterday —–

David Gushee recently wrote, “I first started writing opinion pieces over 30 years ago. One reason I did so was because I was affected by the example of Reinhold Niebuhr, the first Christian ethicist whom I studied very closely.

I learned that he tried to do it all, and pretty much did it all — teaching, lecture circuiting, writing serious books, writing popular books, doing political organizing/activism, and penning weekly opinion pieces. I embraced the Niebuhr paradigm for how a Christian ethicist pursues this vocation. I was conscious of doing so.

“It was a great ride for Niebuhr, and I enjoyed my version of it. But it has subtle costs, besides the toll on one’s health.

The main problem is that each one of the sub-vocations listed deserves more focus than is possible when one is trying to do all of them.”

—– Once upon a time, long ago and far away, there was a form for the annual business meeting of United Methodist Churches that asked the leaders of that particular church what they’d like to see their pastor do more of in the coming year.

Good question, right?

Even better was the follow up question on that form. It asked what their pastor should do less of in the coming year. The obvious implication was that like everyone else, pastors have a limited amount of time and energy.

That’s true for you, too.

You face a myriad of kaleidoscopic demands today.

What are the top five? Don’t be too quick to answer; take a moment.

Then, of those five, what three are most important?

And of those three…yeah, you know where this is going…which is primary?

Let’s give all this some prayerful consideration.

See you back here tomorrow.

 

 

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