I’ve found that with the itinerant life I lived for 15 years or so, it can often be difficult to connect and secure counsel from close friends. I’m attempting to map the past years, better grasp my current position, and seek clarity for what might stretch ahead. I’d greatly appreciate your assistance.
We have begun to meet on Monday nights with a group of ~12 individuals interested in service with the Prayer League. Some of us currently serve as missionaries, some are candidates, and others are in the beginning stages of inquiry. We gather for soup supper and a discussion that revolves around our reading of MissionSmart – a book promoting missionary preparedness.
This week, we took a look at our skillsets and the gifts that we have to offer the kingdom. In reading this chapter, I realized that it has been quite some time since I have stopped to evaluate such things. I thought back over the many various places that I have worked and the countless people with whom I have served. It became evident that there are certain skills and talents which have long lain dormant.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
I also realized that most any tool I’ve ever seen for evaluating such things are self-assessments, self-evaluations, self-tests. It is true that many jobs have regular performance assessments, but those have been far and few between for me and even those give only a limited assessment – most often focused on the specific work with which you might currently be engaged. Rarely, unless, we intentionally seek the counsel of our friends and family, can we position an understanding of ourselves that is founded upon the understanding that others have of us. And, as the verse above states, a one-legged chair won’t stand all that well.
I would love to sit with each of you in conversation over a cup of coffee or tea, but that is probably not going to happen for most of us. I’m in Minnesota. You are probaly not. So, in a swift effort at gathering some friendly counsel, I put together this form – hoping to crowd-source an assessment of my self. If you’ve worked or lived alongside me for any length of time, would you mind giving a few minutes to offer your thoughts? I’d be much appreciative. Just trying to get a better handle on what might be next for me and our family.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Counsel Me, Please.