I’m back home after three days with my continuing education group, six colleagues who I’ve joined for two days of mutual discernment for six years now. We’re a mixed group: some of us serve churches, some don’t. Some have kids, some don’t. Some are in their 30’s, some in their 40’s, some in their 50’s. We live in Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, and Oklahoma.

If you have a people like that who you can solicit for advice and perspective in a structured environment, you’re livin’ well. If you don’t, you can fashion one; we didn’t always have this. We made it. And we keep choosing to make it, even though some years it feels well nigh impossible (and some years is for some of us). It will serve you well this year, in five years, and probably well beyond, which is not even to mention the service you will render it.

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