Location, Location, Location

I’ve been taking in Eugene Peterson’s memoir entitled, “The Pastor.”  It is a wonderful book with rich language, meaningful stories, and it seems to be enriching my soul.

All of his books on pastoring are inspirational and resonate with my deepest longings for my vocation.  If only I wouldn’t become distracted by my own ego.

Peterson encourages pastors to be local and know the land God has called you to.  (I’m also reading a book entitled: “The wisdom of stability: rooting faith in a mobile culture.”  I’m sure I’ll unpack some thoughts from that another time.)

Here is a quote from Eugene’s book “Under the Unpredictable Plant” that touches on the importance of being local.

“It is in the nature of pastoral work to walk into an alien world, put our feet on the pavement, and embrace the locale. Pastoral work is geographical as much as it is theological. Pastors don’t send memos, don’t send generic messages, don’t work from a distance: locale is part of it. It is the nature of pastoral work to be on site, working things out in the particular soil of a particular parish.”

Am I present?  Am I local?  Or am I lobbing blessings from a distance?

ReWork

We are walking through the book “ReWork” as a staff team.  It is written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier.

The book promises to assist you in showing a “better, easier way to succeed in business.” It encourages the reader to, “stop talking and start working.” The book is filled with brief chapters that seem to swim against the current of conventional wisdom.

So far I have really enjoyed the brief chapters that inspire, encourage the reader to take action and think differently.  I have always enjoyed business books because I think there is some good leadership insights and truths found in them, but I also recognize that a church is not the same thing as a business.  There have been some transferable principles and ideas that have made me think about our context differently.

Here are a handful of quotes from the book so far:

“Working more doesn’t mean you care more or get more done.  It just means you work more.”  (pg.25)

“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”  (pg.38)

“To keep your momentum and motivation up, get in the habit of accomplishing small victories along the way.”  (pg.115)

“When you spend time worrying about someone else, you can’t spend that time improving yourself.”  (pg.148)

“Use the power of no to get your priorities straight.”  (pg.153)

So far this book has helped me think about what really matters and the importance of taking action.  What have you been learning or reading lately?