Hey, I’m sorry I’ve been away for a while. I’m trying to get back on track.
Last Friday – Good Friday, isn’t that ironic? – I celebrated a dubious anniversary: one year without full-time employment.
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You know, for somebody who doesn’t have a full-time job, I’ve been extraordinarily busy. In addition to continuing to pastor my church, I’m serving as moderator of the board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky. The CCK is undergoing an exciting but challenging transformation, and I necessarily am very involved in it. Besides attending lots of meetings, I participate in bi-weekly hour-long conference calls with the consultant who is guiding us – something I certainly couldn’t do if I were still working full time. So maybe it’s a good thing I’m not.
I applied for a job with the Henry County CARE (Countywide Action Reachout Effort) Team last year, and while I didn’t get the position, I was invited to join the CARE Team board. They meet once a month on Wednesdays for a luncheon program. Henry County is an hour away. I couldn’t be on the CARE Team board if I was still working full time, and it’s a good, sincere organization that I’m glad to be part of. So again, maybe it’s a good thing I’m not employed full time.
These are just two of the entities I’ve been involved with over the past year. I don’t want to bore you by listing all of them, but suffice it to say, if you could see my calendar you would say, as a former co-worker often does, “How did you do all that when you were working?” All the meetings, all the programs, all the conference calls. I don’t know how I managed to do them all before. I just did.
I have long wanted to up my community involvement, so I’m glad I’ve got the chance to do so. Who needs a full-time job? Sure, it’s nice to have a steady paycheck. If only all these boards could pay me! (Except it wouldn’t be volunteer work if they did.) But most of the time, they feed me, and that’s just as good as getting paid.