General CBF

A hectic schedule, but looking forward to current

One of the first things I do when I get to work in the mornings is check my calendar to see what meetings and appointments I have that day.  Many mornings I look at my schedule and wonder if I’ll have time to breathe, much less eat.  And it is on theses days that I usually receive a call from someone wanting to schedule something else in my day.  Often when faced with this I want to throw up my hands, hand them my calendar and say, “You find a time.”

Seminary taught me many things; such as how to be present with someone in crisis, or how to preach an effective sermon.  But, I didn’t learn how to accomplish things in spite of meetings.  Often I feel as if I spend my life preparing for, going to, or reflecting on meetings.  Granted, I work on a college campus and it takes many meetings to coordinate between departments.  Plus many of us perform more than one job.  (Sounds like ministery in general to me.)  And on top of all of this, we are encouraged to go to conferences and such which relate to our particular field.

I’ll admit, it’s easy for me to find excuses not to get away, especially during the semester when there’s so much going on.  However there is one event I make sure to include in my chaotic schedule, the current retreat.  I look forward to this event each year.  It’s a time where I intentionally put a halt to my work and personal issues, and nuture myself and my relationship with God.  I’ve found that this time is extremly important to me.  First I enjoy the times of worship.  It is so refreshing to simply participate in worship without having to plan or lead it.  Secondly, I find it beneficial to learn somethign new about myself or my place in ministry through the breakouts.  I don’t know everything about Campus Ministry, and usually there is someone with an idea or an experiene I can learn from.  Thirdly, current is important because I have the opportunity to connect and reconnect with friends who are scattered across the country.

The best thing about current is that I leave the retreat in better shape than I arrive.  Because of the respite current provides I am able to minister more effectively to the campus.  I look forward to the current retreat, and this year is no exception.  I hope see you in Orlando!

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