Eight years ago Lynn and I were planning to move to Three Hills, Alberta. This is a long story, but I’ll try to keep it short.
For most of my life I have had two main passions: helping people and communication.
I’ve always had this inescapable desire to help. I see a need, and if I can help, I usually do. This passion led me to become a pastor. Our move to Alberta in 2010 was in pursuit of this. I attended Prairie College, graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Ministry, and immediately began working as a pastor.
My second passion, communication, has always existed in my life. But, only recently have I been able to look back and really see just how much I have done to express this passion. I’ve always been a writer. I’ve written nearly every day of my life as long as I can remember. And I’ve always cared deeply about making sure people understand what I am trying to communicate.
Helping people and communication came together for me as a pastor. It was great. I expected to be doing that for the rest of my life. And so it was a huge surprise to everyone that we left. The reason for leaving had nothing to do with the people or the job itself. It had everything to do with how effective I felt I was being at expressing my unique set of talents, gifts and passions. Something just wasn’t right.
We decided to leave our beautiful community in Alberta, and move back to where we grew up and where we have family. This would be an opportunity to start fresh, and figure things out. For the past three months we have been exploring many ideas and opportunities.
I believe I am wired for something in particular. I’ve had a taste of what that particular thing is a few times in my life. I began to see it as I read books (Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit in particular), and did a lot of personal writing and reflection over the last several months.
There was one moment when I started to really get excited. It was like I was wandering through a hallway and all the doors were slightly open, but inside each door it was dark. And then I came to this one door, and inside the door was a dim light. For the last six weeks or so I have slowly explored this open door. As my eyes are adjusting to the dim light, I am beginning to see more clearly.
I am seeing my passions come together like never before. My passion to help people and to be an excellent communicator. If you follow along with us on our journey, you will begin to see it as well. Helping people through communication. It’s beyond exciting!
We don’t know where this road will take us, and we are not really concerned about that. We know what we need to do right now, and so we are doing it. I’ve always believed that if you are faithful to what you are convinced is the right thing to do, you can’t really go wrong. Don’t be lazy, and do the best you can with what you’ve got.