This going to work every day again has been a difficult adjustment. The biggest adjustment has been reacquiring some skill sets that I previously had mastered, but lost due to atrophy. It is true–use it or lose it. Here are some things I need to work on:
1. The important skill of remembering to turn your iPhone to airplane mode if you intend to use it to read scripture during a worship service. Easter Sunday it was still dark (and rainy) when the sunrise service began, so I thought myself clever using my iPhone to read the scripture because of the backlight. In the middle of Isaiah my phone asks me if i want to update. I tell it no. It asks if tonight is good. Rather embarrassing.
2. I had forgotten how hard announcements are. I flubbed them up royally yesterday, and even had to rearrange on the fly. Once upon a time announcements were seamless to me and I spoke the language of “put on your calendars” and “you will not want to miss” as if it were my mother tongue. Now I stammer and stutter all the way through.
3. Time management is the hardest. I grossly overestimated how much time I had between small group and worship service yesterday.
The result was we started everything several minutes later than we intended, thus pushing everything late.
4. Temperature control, for me, is vital. If I get too warm when I am preaching my throat gets hoarse, I cough, and then I feel myself losing energy. That happened yesterday because I did not make certain the thermostat was set at the right temperature. By the time I left the building, I was in need of hydration and a throat lozenge. I used to be on top of things like that, but somehow along the way I’d forgotten.
5. I didn’t make it to the back of the building quick enough on any of the first three weeks. That has got to change, because I have found, through the years, that a lot of pastoring happens at the back of the door after a worship service.
There are other things I’ve got to re-learn, but these are the ones that are bothering me on this Monday morning.
2 responses to “AIRPLANE MODE AND OTHER ADVENTURES”
Forgive me if I have missed an announcement (my Western Electric rotary telephone was pestering me for updates, and I got distracted, I assure you), but do I take it this means you have begun the pastoring position you mentioned a few weeks ago? Well, however the new work has come about, heartfelt congratulations!
Thank you my friend. It has been exciting. I started three weeks ago and am still adjusting. On a separate thought, Those rotary phones can be pesky.