Today was a busy day and it was a great day. One of the things I love about being a pastor is that I get to do a variety of things, from the mundane to the dramatic. From the administrative to the impactful. Basically on any given day I get to do a lot of different things. Today was one such day.
Here is what my day looked like.
- Continued studying for the Resurrection sermon series I am doing for Tapestry.
- An hour of prep work for the jambalaya for tonight’s Place of Peace meal.
- Drive 40 minutes to a funeral, attend the funeral, drive back home
- Cook the jambalaya.
- While I let the jambalaya simmer I deal with Tapestry administrative stuff, making contact with two couples for premarital counseling, getting all the initial stuff taken care of (I use the Prepare/Enrich survey with couples and ask them to read a few books), and scheduling our sessions together, and finally dealing with chaplaincy administrative stuff.
- Answering a ton of texts concerning the Place of Peace meal (I love answering these texts because they are all about getting people involved in helping others).
- Finishing the jambalaya.
- The Place of Peace meal – serving food and eating with people who look a lot like Jesus. A pretty awesome night, as always.
- Getting home and cleaning up.
Right not I smell like pig fat (from the ton of sausage in the jambalaya) and I’m tried. I am also happy as I sit beside Pam watching Parenthood and blogging together. I have known some ministers who complained pretty frequently about how busy they were. I have mentioned before that minister complaining/bragging about being busy drove me nuts and it still does. Why? Well for two reasons: 1) Because the variety of what I get to do is awesome and significant, and 2) my schedule is amazingly flexible. I am blessed to be a minister and the ministerial schedule, both during busy times and slack times, is a part of that blessing.
I will take a sabbath sometime next week but tonight I am thankful for a busy day.