Discernment

Moves, Right and Wrong

I feel like such a lucky duck. I wrote down the question that was plaguing me, dropped it into a post and came home to so many thoughtful comments!

First, thank you to Milton for sharing the link to a post about discernment at The Other Jesus. Much of what he describes doing in a discernment process is what I am doing, or at least try to do.

Readers here know that I’ve been in conversation about being a new church developer, and that is one piece of discernment that feels positive on a personal level but which is not close by in terms of the calendar. Meanwhile I am looking for another interim position, and being me, I am hoping that the match will feel like a call and not be simply a job. I don’t know if that happens every time for people doing Interim Ministry. If you’re an Interim and want to weigh in, please do.

I do tend, perhaps due to my status as a professional good girl from waaay back, to worry that if I don’t make the one right choice, I’ll mess up everything else. And while I’ve loosened up enough to believe that *others* might have more than one option, I continue to employ a different standard for myself. (This may be a childhood issue, huh?) It’s not exactly works righteousness, but I’m not sure what to call it. Choice righteousness?

What’s interesting is that in a conversation today that I hoped would help clarify my short-term direction I instead received an affirmation of the new church development call. Short-term, I’m still waiting for more information, both the practical and the transcendent.

I’ll close this with a quote from Greg Garrett’s post at The Other Jesus:

To ask God’s will for our lives is often to ask the path of our service to God, to others, and to the earth we live on. And a counter-cultural community is more likely to be open to the idea of service and commitment than a secular community.

My counter-cultural community includes all of you, across boundaries of belief or creed that might otherwise prevent us from being that for one another. Thanks for being here and helping me move, one way or the other.

6 thoughts on “Moves, Right and Wrong”

  1. I told you I would be following this with eagerness. These comments – and especially this link – are truly wonderful. I will be printing out and re-reading Milton’s article again (and again and again) on my own discernment journey. Like I said in a recent post – discernment isn’t for sissies.

  2. Thank you for articulating a question that’s been rolling around in my head for years without any words. And you do have very wise commenters

  3. I have been thinking about you and your discernment process. And it just strikes me how questions about the discernment process are, in themselves, discernment. And it just has to be that way, because nobody’s process is the same; for some, the answers are easy and/or obvious, and for others, the answers come at the end of a more complicated journey.
    All that to say that if you’re asking these kinds of questions, you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing.

  4. I’m about to post my favourite Thomas Merton prayer over at mine, specially for you (and a few dozen others too…including me, as I get a sudden attack of cold feet and jitters about which I can do nothing!)
    (PS I tried to give you the link, but apparently this isn’t an option that typepad favours. Sorry.)

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