The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Several years ago, when I left a Union job to become a Supervisor at Eversource, I was given some great advice from a colleague who was training me, he said:
“Just let yourself fall into the position, observe what is going on around you, and it will all just come to you, and the only dumb question is the one you do not ask!“
I have thought about that advice many times this year. I have just taken one step after another and felt led by the Holy Spirit. I have asked a lot of questions. I am very appreciative to those who happily answered my questions, and those of you who have given me feedback. In many ways we are in this together!
In the Ministry world I am still considered a “new” Pastor. I look forward to another year of the guidance you all have kindly given me. I also wanted to use this space to give thanks for the generous Christmas gifts I received. Many of you left things on my desk, and many contributed to the “Pastor’s gift.” I am blown away by all of the love I received.
In his book Atomic Habits, Jim Clear writes that if you really like doing something, you should always try to be better at it. I love being a Minister; I love being present for each of you. I love to research the Bible and write sermons. Because of my love for this Call, I have decided to continue my education. I am going to see how taking a class fits into the demands of my position. If all goes well, I will begin working to obtain my Doctorate in Ministry. The generosity of your gifts will help contribute to the expense of my class. Thank you for investing in me and investing in our church!
I am looking forward to another year as your Pastor, nothing (besides being a mom and a wife) has ever felt as right as this. Oh, one more thing, save the date – January 21st – because I will be installed as your official Pastor.
Happy New Year!