It seems as if a strange phenomenon happens to me – when I get busier, I become more efficient. Therefore, I suppose I should look on the unexpected events of this week so much as an inconvenient imposition on my time maybe but more as a helpful impetus to efficiency.
One week from today I should be on my way to Chicago to take a J-Term intensive class at my denominations seminary. The class material looks good and the professor is an old colleague from the Congo. Well, actually, he is probably not “old” at least not exactly older than me but we have known each other for a considerable time. The class is entitled Pastoring the Missional Church. Even though I’m not likely to ever pastor a church in an institutional setting the material speaks of a subject that I feel a connection to – how to interact with the culture in which I find myself in ways that are consistent with the teachings of Christ; how to live out my faith in ways that demonstrate God’s love and care for the people I interact with. This I know is something I am called to even if the setting for me is uncertain now.
So, anyway, I have a lot of reading to do to get ready for the class and a couple of short papers to write reviewing the books.
On top of this, I have a Greek quiz to get done this weekend. So, this evening or tomorrow afternoon that is one thing I will be doing.
And then circumstances threw another big change into my schedule. Got a call on Tuesday that a space had opened up in a very nice home for my aunt but that we should either move her there on Thursday (New Years Eve) or next week. Since next week I have a full slate of patients and since this kind of a move involves a huge amount of time for paperwork and packing not available when I am working, I chose to get the move done this week. So far, the past three afternoons have been entirely taken up with this move and I expect today will be no different. But today should finish the move. I hope.
I have found that in spite of the full schedule things are getting accomplished. I don’t have a lot of time to just relax though and very little time to enjoy the outdoors like I was anticipating. But –37 C is a little cold for outdoor activities anyway, eh?