Sunday, May 08, 2011

Reflections on 50 Years of Life - Part 2

This is Part 2 of reflections and journal scribbling on my life as I celebrated my 50th birthday.

In post 1, I reflected on the spiritual, personal and family areas of my life.

Today: Who am I? Reflections on the social, professional and financial priority areas of my life.

  • My relationships are best characterized as large in number with but a few deep personal relationships.
  • I have been privileged to have made the acquaintances of thousands of people (1,762 of which are on FaceBook.) Most have been for times and seasons, budding rapidly, then going dormant until our paths cross years later. A couple of years ago, I saw a colleague in the international arrivals area of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport whom I had not seen for over 20 years. I recognized him instantly, and for a few minutes, we remembered, then went our separate ways until we meet again.
  • My friends at church are more than that as they are my "extended-extended family."
  • My wife is @swimcoachjoan and works with the Golden Isles Swim Team. Her friends there have become my friends.
  • Likewise, the members of the Golden Isles Sailing Club are my friends in and around the marina.
  • I serve as a pastor. I am blessed and fortunate that my physical needs are met by the congregation I serve. While I serve vocationally in that role, it is simply an extension of how I lived my live while working in the engineering field. I was a minister before it became my vocation.
  • I am committed to the idea that learning is a prerequisite for leadership. I seek professional learning experiences that expand my skills and knowledge.
  • I understand my strengths and serve from them. Too many organizations hire people on the basis of their strengths, then evaluate them on their weaknesses. This is unfair. Knowing and serving from my strengths gives me the confidence to refer people and delegate tasks to others who are more gifted than I in other areas.
  • I am wealthy; not in the sense that I have a large bank account, but in the sense that God has always given me just what I need, just when I need it. My health, family, friends, church and vocation are the vehicles God has used to provide my financial needs.
  • I am a steward of that with which I have been provided. It was not given to me to use for selfish ends, but to invest in those things that are lasting. As such, I use my resources to invest in my legacy through my children and through ministries that extend the Kingdom of God.
...to be continued.

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