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Testing Things Out

Testing things out….

I’ve got a new piece of software to do blog posts, so this is just a test to see how it works.  I’m currently in the middle of trying to take this week and plan out my preaching for most of the coming year.  It’s something I’ve heard other preachers talk about doing, and I always thought they were crazy.  Why?
I.  Who has the time to take a week off?  But, in reality, the biggest part of my responsibility is to know what I’m doing when I stand up to teach.  So, taking a week to make sure I’m organized in that regard for a year isn’t such a bad plan, is it? 
II.  Who sticks with a plan for that long?  Well, first of all, I’m not going to be legalistic about the plan, but it really makes more sense to be prepared.  It’s much better to adjust a plan than to have to make it up as you go.
III.  Who can focus on it?  Well, this week hasn’t been as easy as I had hoped.  A lot of preachers that do this go off into the woods or out of town for the week.  I’m just trying to use the church while the office is supposed to be closed.  Of course, there are still distractions and such, but I’m tucked away from the phone.  Naturally, there are people that think I’m not working, but I am, in fact, buried in Matthew.
What does this have to do with trying new things?  I’m still trying out and learning how to do this thing called “pastor” that I am.  It’s not exactly as I pictured, and it takes some learning and getting used to.  So, be patient with me.  Be patient with yourself, too.  You’re probably not always at your best.
We must strive to get there, though.  Inadequacy is a normal feeling, but inaction is not the response.  Action to learn, action to grow, these are the responses we need.

Doug

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