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Sep 28, 2009
Ten Years After

Most boomers will remember the band “Ten Years After” with Alvin Lee. Their brief but meteoritic ride to rock stardom placed them firm in the genre with their album “undead”.

Recently a colleague and friend asked me, “what do you want to be doing 10 years from now.” I was “moved” by a questions I often ask pastors. I knew personally I am having a huge case of discontentment/disgruntled-ness both with my current work and with the area I reside. I also know I have a tendency toward drifting. Years oversees with a father who worked for the US Army taught me the joy of picking up and moving frequently. So about every three years, I am ready to move, ready to find new lands, ready to saddle up my horse and take a long journey. So the question caught me off guard. As I sat finishing some paper work, I realized I don’t have 10 years. I need to make changes now. I can’t wait for ten years to click by. I shouldn’t be buying green banana’s. I shouldn’t be doing long range (20 year) planning. I should be doing “right now” living.

I think that happens to pastors. We get bogged down in the right now and lose the sense of wonder and majesty of both our God and life. We get caught up with the hard realities of less money, less time, more demands, and can’t make anyone happy (as if we should even be trying to do that). And in the mix we forget that we don’t have 10 years. We have today, right now, this moment.

Often we allow money to determine our next move, our next risk. “For we walk by sight not by faith lest we ever take a risk.” 1 Cor 9 (somewhere). What is today you would start living, start risking, start doing what you born/created/hard wired to do? And not wait for ten years. What would be different?

Ten Years After today….what do you want to be doing? Actually, right now…what do you want to be doing?

Pray it, see it, believe it, do it!

Doing it…..