An Amazing Ride

Over the last few months I've been blogging about the many lessons I learned when I took a necessary break. It's amazing to me that this very week was the week I began my sabbath two years ago. I’ve shared with you various aspects of that peculiar journey that began in the summer of 2010. The funniest thing to me in all of it was the fact that the very thing I was pretty sure I no longer wanted to do with my life, was the very thing God ultimately invited back to do. When I began my time of renewal, I didn’t really know all of what God would do in me, and I didn’t really know where God would lead me. I did however, have a strong feeling that it would be very okay if God didn’t lead back into ministry. It was more than fine with me to leave the pastor gig in my rear view mirror.Strangely, along the way God began pointing me back. It started as I tried to write a non-ministry resume, because at the end of my sabbatical I was going to need some kind of job. Odd experience. Anyone who has spent an entire career as a pastor will find the experience of trying to write a non-ministry resume a sobering journey. My laughable resume revealed how unlikely another career would be for me, but it also revealed a picture of how God had wired me, and gifted me. At the same time my counselor began giving me career assessment tools. And what did the assessments indicate as the top career choice for my career? Clergy! “Shoot!,” was my response to every assessment's results . Actually that’s not exactly what I said, but I wasn't very thrilled with what all these assessments were telling me about myself. Stay tuned, I'll share more throughout this week . . .