The Power of Doing It Over

Posted January 10, 2018 @ 11:01am | by Tripp

We don't really get do-overs. That's not how life works. Still, I find it a helpful metaphor to understand what it is that I'm doing with my life right now.

Once upon a time, I believe I was 24 (that was a busy year), I visited a friend in Austin, TX. She was working on an MFA and I was floundering having recently abandoned my M.Div. at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. I was working, praying, and learning, but I was also floundering trying to find my way in the world as a young adult. I visited my friend hoping for a little respite from the morass of confusion in my head.

What did I do? I went to the reference library at University of Texas and looked at graduate program catalogs. I kept coming back to this thing called Ethnomusicology. For the life of me, however, I could not find my way in. I couldn't imagine it. My undergraduate career had been a mess. That's being generous. On one hand, I had a background in religious studies (my major), anthropology, and music. On the other hand, I had a 2.something GPA thanks to some questionable choices I had made with my time and attention.

And there was (and still is) this pesky call to ministry. It's relentless.

Here I am twenty-four years (And an entire lifetime?) later trying my hand at this thing again. I'm more grateful than I can say for this chance. It's different, no question. I am not the same and the world has changed in many ways (I took this picture of the phone booth off I-5 in Oregon.). And yet, it's a kind of do-over.

I am now doing the work of living into the call to ministry with my passions along for the ride as opposed to assuming that I have to give up my passions in order to follow God's strange call.

It's another day, O Lord. I have no idea what the hell I am doing, but, well, here we are. Amen.

"There’s nothing the matter with his mind. He just does things in his own way and in his own time." Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle In Time
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