But first, I popped by the Lions Club book sale this morning. And had a fun time (though it is getting harder and harder to scan books due to my bi-focals) quickly browsing through the many boxes of books.
This is one more thing I like about life in NZ. Other people's junk is often recycled for a good cause. Very little waste.
Anyway I picked up 6 books - all a dollar each (it's a "one book one dollar sale"). Here they are:
|This pocket dictionary was the main reason I actually dropped by the book sale. |
Last night Jennifer asked if I had a pocket dictionary handy as she wanted one - useful reference
when she writes her reports. Found two. This one is the better one.
|Always a useful book to have around. Found two - first edition and 2nd edition. |
So of course I bought the second edition :-)
|So sad to see this book discarded. I know NT Wright's "Simply Christianity" is the 21st century heir|
to this CS Lewis book but this book is still in my top 25.
|A little surprise too to find a John White book. I have always found his books practical|
and easy to read.
I remember very well the advice given to me by Leighton Ford years ago - during the 15 minute slot each of personal time each of us participants were given with him (a national leadership seminar that I got selected to attend by strange circumstances :-)) ... "Think global, act local" ... I can think globally and I am comfortable acting locally BUT still never in a macro manner. Too many things on my mind seem to cause me to become partially paralyzed. I can multi-task but there is a limit. I seem to be happier and more effective "going with the flow". No mater how I try to set aside my "life walk metaphor of life", it seems I always come back to it again and again.
I do not doubt that I have pastoral gifts as well as a gift of teaching and perhaps now even preaching. And while I can do a decent to sometimes good job in administration, it can clearly get quite messy. As for leadership? Perhaps in a micro way, perhaps in aspects of mentoring or discipleship but leading a church? Hmmm... makes me wonder. Of course what ultimately matters is God's calling as "where He leads I will follow, where He sends me I am prepared to go. For as long as it's in His will, that's the safest place in the world I know" :-) (BTW, not "safe" as in "no problems" but safe as in having God's presence and grace. Thankfully in the church I am in I have wonderful support from my fellow elders and deacons, who among them have strong leadership and administrative gifts. Thanks be to God for this!
I suppose on of the problems and challenges is that in contemporary society, the role of a pastor is no longer the old traditional one. Now it includes planning, organizing, committee meetings, social work, mission trips, vision casting, training, motivating, counselling, mediating, networking, community involvement, visitation, in addition to the teaching, preaching, baptizing, marrying and burying ..." Not to say all these are burdensome. Some can not only be satisfying but loads of fun at times too :-)
Oh well, lots to think about. And I have other things to do so signing off ....