Random Thoughts #76

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to subject readers to the shallow rapids which rush through my brain. This is random thoughts.

  1. No D&D session on Monday, so I played with new software instead.
  2. There won’t be a game Thursday, either, which is sad. But we will introduce the new character to a combat simulation.
  3. It never ceases to amaze me when people elevate their preference to some sort of moral imperative. In D&D land, folks do this with the edition of the game they play. It’s depressing, but at least it’s confirmation that church folks aren’t the only people who do this 1
  4. I tend to not volunteer for a lot of things because I know how deep the well can be, and when I dive into something I will often forget to breathe.
  5. Why does grass grow so fast? I mean, really.
  6. Efficiency can be a curse. When all the tasks that need be done are completed, and the takes that you want to do are well under way, the brain can trick you into thinking, “You aren’t doing enough.”
  7. I can’t be part of any group or organization that finds my craving to learn new things to be an inconvenience.
  8. Sometimes, I just need to veg. After the last year and a half, those sometimes have increased quite a bit.
  9. I tend to do a lot of things which have “nothing to do” with pastoring during the “work day.” Why? Because these things get rolled into how I pastor 2.
  10. Sometimes I’m not actually efficient, I’m just being lazy. There are often time when I don’t even know which is which.

  1. If I meet one more person who thinks praise music is morally and spiritually superior to hymns, my mind may explode. 
  2. It’s one of the reasons we were able to shift gears into a non-physical community so fast in 2020. Pastors really should be encouraged to have a healthy curiosity. 

3 Comments

  1. WES! How are you?! Yes to all your points here. Pastoring is more than just sermon-writing and being at church on a certain day. It’s as if everyday citizens don’t realize just how much other work is involved with shepherding a flock, you know?
    I tend to hear the reverse about music where I am–hymns are superior to all. I’m cool with praise music in service, but NOT when they don’t give us the music to follow. I *hate* singing an unfamiliar song without any clue where the melody is going. I’ve volunteered to help reform our church’s school so it can be accredited. Soooo much paperwork…ugh…

    1. wezlo says:

      Yah, any time preference becomes some moral chip to play against someone else the point has been lost. And, oh, how we try to hide that we’re really just insecure with someone liking something different than us.

      My basic thing is, “You may hate it, but unless it’s flat out heresy just be happy someone else is being encouraged.”

      Heck, I can’t stand half the praise songs. People enjoy singing them, so we do.

    2. Exactly! Some are very inane. There’s just nothing wrong with a little balance, you know? It’s the “all or nothing” mentality that really drives me bonko.

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