Monday, February 13, 2012


I am writing my blog now when I have already generated a things to do list for this morning that is over a page long. The list is calling me, I keep thinking of things to add, but the fact of the matter is that I will not survive over the long term if the 'urgent' on my list dominates me. I so easily get overwhelmed in the emotional trauma of the church - I need to make sure that am standing on solid ground. So here is a commitment to blog as close to every day as I can, to remind myself to keep perspective. To remind myself to keep up other daily disciplines - Bible reading and focused prayer as well as work and relaxation. I still haven't figured out how to exercise regularly. Squash doesn't seem to be a Mitchell's Plain thing (someone suggested table tennis!)
I have finished my 'read the Bible in a year' programme that started last year. It took me a little more than a year, but I feel a sense of satisfaction in having completed it. The 'Honest Bible' programme is in a bit of a hiatus as they struggle through trying to do the Mosaic Law in chronological order, so what should I do next? I find that I have become dependent on the discipline of the year programme. Ken Schenck has been translating a verse from the Psalms every day and thus he is my inspiration to translate one verse from the Greek New Testament every day. Not an enormously demanding exercise, but I think one that will be good for me. Last year I read several chapters every day. Now I will be reading one verse every day. It feels spartan. I will try to keep the Greek blog up to date with my daily reading and translation.


Steve Hayes said...

You probably know this already, but just in case you don't, the idea is that the usual "priority" assignment of to-do lists is not very useful.

Rather you should classify them into four categories:

1. Important and urgent - do.
2. Important but not urgent - postpone.
3. Urgent but not important - delegate.
4. Neither important nor urgent - scrap, or save for a day when you're bored.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thanks Steve. I find these categories become very muddled in ministry. People have such different expectations of the minister - some are disillusioned and so don't expect me to do anything, even if it is important. Others elevate their own wants to urgent. I'm finding that I need to be very sure, for myself, what matters and what I am called to. An interesting journey!