I have a busy week.
Yesterday was J’s birthday. It was an auspicious one since it had a 0 in it. We had her family for lunch and friends for a fire afterward. It was a good day. As I watch her sleeping on the couch across the room, I am glad that I have been able to spend more than half my life, so far, with her.
Tomorrow is the first day of classes for me. It will be a full day starting at 8:30 am with Church History and ending with Introductory Theology at 7:00 pm. I should be home by 11:30.
Wednesday, I start the day at the meeting of Classis Huron, being examined for a License to Exhort. I usually don’t worry much about speaking in front of people or even being interviewed, but I am feeling a bit of angst about this one. I have met with my examiners and have a feeling for where they will be leading me, but can I give the answers that these folks are looking for. My gut tells me that it will be OK, my mind is spinning trying to anticipate and frame responses. I delivered the message in the drive in shed this morning. It was well received.
After that, its back to the seminary for 1:30 and the Introduction to Congregational Education.
Thursday, it’s off to the Outdoor Farm show in my role as consultant. For the past seven years, I have attended all three days of this show. It was gruelling. This year will be different.
The consulting business has been going well. I am doing about as much work as I want to do and feeling satisfied in being able to bill for my time rather than feeling like the company owned my life. I have been able to set the work aside to do the things that I want to do without feeling any pressure or guilt. As school heats up and assignments become due, pressures may mount as I try to juggle all the responsibilities. I know which is most important, but keeping some income coming in and filling that spot with my customers is important as well. Hopefully I can push some of the work to between semesters.
Church is keeping me busy as well. We need to get some sort of youth group going. I have a couple of new people working with me which is great, but means that, initially anyway, I feel like I need to take the lead to make things happen. On top of that, I have been asked to be part of an Ad Hoc committee looking at the education program at the church. It’s a small committee which hopefully will be done its work by February. They made me the chair.
Between all this, I need to get admission forms filled out for Calvin College. I have decided to apply for the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC) which would eventually allow me to be ordained in the Christian Reformed Church. They are looking for volunteers for a 24 month pilot of this program which would not include time in Grand Rapids, so I am looking to volunteer (more forms). I am not sure that ordination is where I am heading, but getting the door open can’t hurt.
Busy is good. We will take it one week at a time.