Spiritual Life Coaching – Chore
Writing became a chore for awhile and I gave it up. Except for a few sporadic journal entries and my weekly Sunday teaching – I just gave it up. I turned on the screen several times and stared at the blank canvass of WordPress. I’ve been reading a lot and watching the Ken Burns series on the National Parks and wanting to escape into nature. The winter doldrums seem to just hang on here in the midwest and spring has a fight on its hands. It is hard to measure the effect of grief. I have talked with people, I’ve read a lot, I’ve been patient with myself and tried to take time to deal with it all. I’ve actually found that ministry is solace for me. I’ve never viewed it as work so maybe that’s why.
Back in November of 2015 I attended the Storyline Writer’s Workshop with Donald Miller, he spoke extensively about Victor Frankly, the famous World War II concentration camp survivor, who became an influential psychologist. One of the things Frankl said was, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” No matter where the journey ends for us we make a unique contribution from God’s perspective and from the human perspective. I hasten to add that Sue did just that by teaching second grade children and teaching them well for over three decades while having a significant impact on her own family. That brings great satisfaction to me personally and it motivates me to do the same.
We each strive to do our best, to leave a legacy that will enrich our small part of the world in some way. Sometimes in that striving a much greater good is achieved – beyond our expectations. Accomplishment is up to God. We plant a seed, we water it, but God gives it growth. Keep planting an watering until the harvest.