Remember a Few Small Things
On coaching myself through ministry. First shared in a workshop at the Baptist Women in Ministry Conference this past February.
In Preparation for the Journey,
I Remember a Few Small Things:
I will not get it right every time. I will get it right sometimes, but then, sometimes no one will appreciate it. I will seldom know in the moment whether I’m getting it right or whether I’m getting it wrong, but I will courageously give it a go anyway.
I will learn who I am, and then I will be myself.
I will notice Grace when Grace shows unexpectedly. I will ferociously notice Grace, as all things hinge on this noticing.
I will not be afraid of grief—at least, not too afraid to face it.
I will sometimes want out of this call. That’s normal, I will remind myself.
I will wrestle, wrestle, wrestle with Scripture until she nearly gives me an ulcer. I will not cover over her unsightly spots, I will not make light of her toughest sayings, I will not avoid the angst she causes me, I will not give up on her capacity to inspire her people.
I will not give up on the power of love. I will not surrender my absurd belief in resurrection, no matter what kills me.
I will unleash my imagination; I will open my spirit; I will unlock my power; I will listen to my inner wisdom.
I will temper my words; I will silence my presumption; I will put a padlock on hate forever.
I will be true to myself, true to my conscience, true as I can figure out how to be. Sometimes I will be confused for a very long time before the fog clears, and I will be exceedingly patient with myself when that happens.
I will forgive myself (70 times 7 if I must).