This is Just the Beginning!

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about my final days of teaching, and what I hoped for the future. It was a hard article to write, and really made me put down on paper the things that I have been dreaming about and meditating on all year.

Right before I left for my month-long graduate school session, I got a call from my current congregational chairman. He said the congregation had voted and extended me a one-year call to serve as their staff minister!

It was a lot to take in, especially because I was also mentally preparing for a wealth of knowledge to get poured in my brain. But it also took a big weight off my shoulders. For five months I had been completely in the dark about my future after June. But now the future was simple: I was staying where I was and working with people with whom I was familiar!

Starting tomorrow, I begin my work. When I listed off some of my primary responsibilities to friends and family, they went, "Wow, that's a lot!" But to me, it is all stuff that is incredibly important for a congregation, and stuff I have seen others do my whole life. Being the child of a pastor, I was at church a lot more than others, and my observations are going to be some of the best tools I will use.

What will I be doing? It will be a lot of worship planning for the church and music for the school. I'll be doing a lot more organ playing and will continue to accompany musical groups. I hope to expand the amount of member participation in the music of the church with a few ideas I'm keeping up my sleeve. There are other roles and responsibilities to do as well, and I see them as opportunities to help out the pastors and teachers so they can focus on the stuff they do best.

Looking back on the first half of the year with 20/20 vision, I can see that it was God teaching me a few lessons. One was to be humble. I'm not going to elaborate on that one too much - it's a personal thing.

The second was to serve. I was reminded in grad school (where I am working on my Master's in Church Music) that we are servant-leaders. It is a hard thing to balance: when are we servants, and when are we leaders? It is a healthy combination, but the most important thing is to take the lead in service. We all serve our Savior.

Third was to be patient. God knows what he's doing, and we might doubt it because it goes against our thinking, but it always works out so his plan is done.

My hope is that I can take those lessons into my future positions. This isn't just a one-time lesson that I'll never use again! But it does require always staying in those life lessons and not reverting back to the person I once was. Isn't that the best character development?

I'm feeling a bit under the weather, which is not fun, because I want to be able to enjoy my first day on the job. But I am very excited for the beginning of this new adventure. It won't always be flowers and rainbows, but it give me a chance to do my very best at something which I love and adore!

We're back to our regular Olympic posts next week! Look back on previous posts to hear about my trips to the US Curling National Championships, the US Figure Skating Championships, and my very successful quest to acquire tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!


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