Well folks I'm back to telling the stories of my life and offering commentary on the stories that impact us. There's so much I wasn't able to weigh in on in the moment (i.e. the Zimmerman trial), but I will be making up for lost time. What originally started as a few minor touch-ups to my site ended up becoming a choice to be silent for a little while as I prepare to begin a new chapter in my life at Duke. I have had quite some time (as I procrastinated on the required reading) to continually ask myself why exactly I am pursuing a D.Min. and why I'm going to Duke in particular. The only answer that remains is, "because the Lord said so." I don't know how this journey will change my life or change me as a minister or as a person. I just know that (after a lot of waffling and examination of my wants) I once again feel excited and privileged to be able to go. Friends and colleagues have helped tremendously to ignite passion and excitement for this pursuit. I look forward to telling my stories as I become a part of the fabric of Duke Divinity.
When I think about the notion of "telling your story", I had to ask myself (and God) how long do you tell yourself (and others) the same story particularly if parts of it are hurtful? I raised this question because undoubtedly in the context of our class discussions, each of our stories (our ministerial trajectories) will emerge. How much of it do I tell and if I don't tell the ugly parts, am I telling the whole truth? I do believe that you have to be able to reframe your story through the lens of scripture, God's truth, and God's healing power. Yet I truly believe sometimes your church-hurt must be revisited, especially in the context of a learning community assembled for the purpose of examining what it means to be Christian leaders. I am interested to see how I am led to tell my story to my co-learners and how I reframe it for myself.
Before I return to procrastinating on my reading I want to say that the pic above has nothing to do with this post, but who doesn't appreciate a nice shoe!