Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sage … It’s Not Just For Cooking Anymore.

Borrowing an idea from a colleague, I took the Spiritual Type Test.  It’s a quick way to see where your spiritual temperament falls.  I’m a “Sage.”  ………. Once you stop chuckling, the description of a sage is below.

You are a Sage, characterized by a thinking or head spirituality. You value responsibility, logic, and order. Maybe that's why you were voted "Most Dependable" by your high school classmates. Structure and organization are important to you. What would the world be like without you? Chaos, that's what! Your favorite words include should, ought, and be prepared. What makes you feel warm and fuzzy? Like Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof it's tradition! tradition! tradition!

Because you love words, written or spoken, you enjoy a good lecture, serious discussions, and theological reflection. Prayer for you usually is verbal. You thrive on activity and gatherings of people, such as study groups. Sages on retreat likely would fill every day with planned activities, leaving little time for silence or solitude.

We need Sages for your clear thinking and orderly ways. You pay attention to details that others overlook. Sages make contributions to education, publishing, and theology. You often are the ones who feel a duty to serve, give, care, and share with the rest of us.

On the other hand, sometimes you seem unfeeling, too intellectual, or dry. Can you say "dogmatic"? You may need to experience the freedom of breaking a rule or two every now and then. God's grace covers Sages too, you know!

Other people with this spiritual type are: Mr. Spock, Dilbert,Elrond, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Maya Angelou, Linus (Peanuts), Yoda (Star Wars), Andy Griffith, Mr. Miyagi, The Buddha, Rodin's The Thinker, Moses, Ross Geller, Matthew (the Gospel writer).

Interesting.  I’d love to hear your feedback.  Does that description fit?  I have my own idea, but I’d love to hear yours. If you would like to find your own spiritual type, go to


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My “patient” Star

This past Sunday was Epiphany Sunday.  Every year on Epiphany, the Refinery (one of the campuses of the church I pastor) has a tradition of drawing stars from a basket.  Each star has one of the Fruit of the Spirit written on it (from Galatians 5).  Everyone picks a star without looking and whatever star you pick, you assume that God has something to teach you or say to you about that particular Fruit throughout the year.

Last year, I picked faithfulness.  I spent most of the year wondering what that was about; not sure I ever really discovered exactly what God was up to.  Still …

If there was one “star” out of the nine that I would have chosen to stay away from it was patience.  Simply because I think that one’s dangerous!  There’s the old adage that if you pray for patience, God puts you in situations where you need to develop and have patience.  So what would it be like if God gave you a star as a way of saying, “This year is going to be all about patience?”

So when I picked my star?  Patience!  [Of course.]

Wasn’t too happy about it, honestly.  Wasn’t looking forward to it.  And then last night a friend said something that reminded me of an important truth.  These are gifts!

The Fruit of the Spirit are gifts, given to us by God so that we can live a life of freedom by the Spirit.  They aren’t given to us as punishments or as correction.  They are given to us as gifts to enjoy.  In them we get a glimpse of what a Spirit-consumed life is like.

If you were there Sunday night and you’re wondering what’s up; whatever your star - it is a good thing.  God has a gift in store for you!  The gift God has for me is patience. Not because circumstances will dictate that I need it, but because a loving God has graciously chosen to share it with me.