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Verder Geluister ~ Jer 32:1–3, 6–15

Written by Pierre Goosen on . Posted in Preekstudies, Verder geluister

29 September 2013 ~ 19de Sondag in Koninkrykstyd ~ Jer 32: 1–3, 6–15

Die Bybelstorie van Noag en die ark het vir my kleintyd baie ongemaklik gemaak. Die prentjie van Noag wat op droë grond ‘n reuse skip bou terwyl al die mense vir hom lag en spot, was vir my brose gemoed baie sleg. Dit is vir niemand lekker om so gekoggel te word nie en hoekom hou Noag daarmee aan. Is hy dalk soos Doors (fiktiewe naam) wat in die spesiale klas is? (In vandag se terme die “village fool”).

MEDITATION – THE VIRTUE OF ONE THING ONLY

Written by Pierre Goosen on . Posted in Hulpmiddels

MEDITATION –  THE VIRTUE OF ONE THING ONLY

 A while ago my computer started playing up. It froze on certain programmes and despite my best efforts, it refused to open and allow me access. What a frustration! It almost felt as if I was dealing with a stubborn child who, without good reason, had withdrawn, shut himself off and become totally unresponsive.

 Being no more than semi-computer literate, I followed the regular pattern of my generation: I called in my son – who was not particularly patient with his dad. After running through all the standard procedures to get the computer started he eventually also gave up. His final verdict was: “Your computer is full of junk, dad. It has seized. It is overloaded. You need to organise and manage your programmes better”.

 Next step was off to the dealer who confirmed the problem. In fact, according to him my hard drive had given in and I was in danger of losing all my vital information. What a shock, what anxiety at the prospect of losing years’ worth of precious work: sermons, talks, letters, courses, poems, prayers and promises … the whole anthology of creative effort that I had collected, produced, stored quite diligently over many years – all gone in a moment!

 I was obliged to consider my son’s opinion on the state of my hard drive. And, drawing comparisons in my usual way, it had to cross my mind that there is a parallel between the human mind, our own psyche in fact, and these modern information systems. Even if not in the same mechanical way, our mental awareness is vulnerable to becoming disorganised, cluttered and overloaded, sometimes to a point where it can also freeze, pack up, call it a day. With increasing demands and pressures, the exhausting claims and responsibilities of modern society, it is no surprise that many suffer from burnout, depression and anxiety.

 As with my computer, banal as the comparison may be, many people today reach a point where everything has just become too much – and so they start to seize, becoming passive and negative. Eventually they lose their energy and perspective, they give up on life, shut down. This often starts with feelings of exhaustion and anxiety, a marked sense of irritation. These are the vital signs, the warning lights that our system has become overloaded, that it is in danger of giving in and shutting down.

 It is not always easy to regain your calm and restore a healthy perspective once you have become trapped in this deadly cycle of ongoing work and pressure. One needs to stop and take stock; remember what is of real value, focus on those things that we know are reliable. Being concerned, distracted by many things is not a new or modern problem. In Matt 6:33-34, Jesus urges his followers to turn their attention to the one thing that really matters and will make a difference – “Set your mind on God’s kingdom and his justice before anything else, and all the rest will come to you as well. So do not be anxious about tomorrow, tomorrow will look after itself”.

 Is this not also what Martha, overstressed by so many duties and obligations, had to learn.   

“Martha, Martha you are fretting and fussing about so many things; but one thing is necessary” (Lk 11:41).

 Carel Anthonissen

Centre for Spirituality

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION – THE VIRTUE OF ONE THING ONLY

Written by Pierre Goosen on . Posted in Communitas Resources

MEDITATION –  THE VIRTUE OF ONE THING ONLY

 A while ago my computer started playing up. It froze on certain programmes and despite my best efforts, it refused to open and allow me access. What a frustration! It almost felt as if I was dealing with a stubborn child who, without good reason, had withdrawn, shut himself off and become totally unresponsive.

 Being no more than semi-computer literate, I followed the regular pattern of my generation: I called in my son – who was not particularly patient with his dad. After running through all the standard procedures to get the computer started he eventually also gave up. His final verdict was: “Your computer is full of junk, dad. It has seized. It is overloaded. You need to organise and manage your programmes better”.

 Next step was off to the dealer who confirmed the problem. In fact, according to him my hard drive had given in and I was in danger of losing all my vital information. What a shock, what anxiety at the prospect of losing years’ worth of precious work: sermons, talks, letters, courses, poems, prayers and promises … the whole anthology of creative effort that I had collected, produced, stored quite diligently over many years – all gone in a moment!

 I was obliged to consider my son’s opinion on the state of my hard drive. And, drawing comparisons in my usual way, it had to cross my mind that there is a parallel between the human mind, our own psyche in fact, and these modern information systems. Even if not in the same mechanical way, our mental awareness is vulnerable to becoming disorganised, cluttered and overloaded, sometimes to a point where it can also freeze, pack up, call it a day. With increasing demands and pressures, the exhausting claims and responsibilities of modern society, it is no surprise that many suffer from burnout, depression and anxiety.

 As with my computer, banal as the comparison may be, many people today reach a point where everything has just become too much – and so they start to seize, becoming passive and negative. Eventually they lose their energy and perspective, they give up on life, shut down. This often starts with feelings of exhaustion and anxiety, a marked sense of irritation. These are the vital signs, the warning lights that our system has become overloaded, that it is in danger of giving in and shutting down.

 It is not always easy to regain your calm and restore a healthy perspective once you have become trapped in this deadly cycle of ongoing work and pressure. One needs to stop and take stock; remember what is of real value, focus on those things that we know are reliable. Being concerned, distracted by many things is not a new or modern problem. In Matt 6:33-34, Jesus urges his followers to turn their attention to the one thing that really matters and will make a difference – “Set your mind on God’s kingdom and his justice before anything else, and all the rest will come to you as well. So do not be anxious about tomorrow, tomorrow will look after itself”.

 Is this not also what Martha, overstressed by so many duties and obligations, had to learn.   

“Martha, Martha you are fretting and fussing about so many things; but one thing is necessary” (Lk 11:41).

 Carel Anthonissen

Centre for Spirituality

 

 

 

 

Is dit wat jy jou geldeenheid noem

Written by Pierre Goosen on . Posted in Begelei mekaar

Ek vertel my vriend van my besoek aanmy kinders in Engeland. Sy vraag aan my is hoe kry ek dit finansieel reg. Myantwoord (miskien te vinnige antwoord) is dat dit net ‘n geval van prioriteite is. Dit is toe dat hy met sy slimmigheid kom en se: ” Is dit wat jy jou geldeenheid noem?”

Dit het my aan die dink laat sit. Nie net of ek my geld verantwoordelik bestee nie, maar of ek my lewe verantwoordelik (gesond) leef – en laat ek ook die woord gebruik – bestuur. Dit het my ook die vraag aan myself laat vra, hoe het dit gekom dat ek met opgeloopte verlof en langverlof sit? Wie gaan uiteindelik die voordeel trek en wie gaan verloor? As ek dink dat my uitbetaalde verlof my pensioen gaan aanvul, maak ek dalk ‘n fout want dit is miskien net die belastinggaarder wat wen. Vir die kerk / gemeente is dit in elk geval ‘n verloor, want hulle moet nou ‘n klomp geld uithaal wat hulle beswaarlikkan. Vir my sal dit beslis ‘nverloor wees as ek uiteindelik die helfte van my(opgehoopte) langverlof moet gebruik om van ‘n maagseer te herstel.

Buitendien, verlof en langverlof (soos ons dit nou nog het) se bedoeling is om my te help om balans in my lewe te verseker. Om bietjie onder ‘n ander ‘dak’ in te skuif. Om ‘n ander ritme te kry. Om meer te wees en minder te doen en nie eers daaroor skuldig te voel nie. Om te rus. Om verryk te word. Om ‘sleg’ te word en weer goed te word. Om te keer dat ek nie uitbrand nie maar eerder vuurmaakhoutjies bymekaar te maak vir die dae wanneer ek by die see met my blouaar-bleekvoete in die poeletjies sit. Dit vra natuurlik beplanning en selfs ‘n bietjie moeite, maar dit is alles die moeite werd.

Ek het twee maande langverlof geneem. November en Desember maar maande gelede al die vliegtuigkaartjies gekoop sodat toe die dag aanbreek en nie meer aan die betalery gedink hetnie. Die eerste twee weke was ek in Nederland. Dit was twee werkverwante weke. Ek het by ‘n dominee gebly. Ek het twee kort kursusse deurloop. Ek het waargeneem hoe die dominees daar werk, selfs ‘n deel van ‘n erediens gelei. Ons het in die land rondgery. Na en in Amsterdam metfietse en die Rijks- en Van Gogh museum besoek. Ek het rou haring geproe, kaas ge-eet en koffie gedrink met stroopwafels daarby. Dit was werklik verrykend, leersaam en energerend.

Die volgende twee weke sou ek na Taize gaan maar dit het toe nie uitgewerk nie. Ek besluit toe om my eie retraite in die Franse platteland te hou. Vir twee weke was ek op my eie met my eie gedagtes en eie taal en eie tyd. Ek het basies geleef en eet, hoofsaaklik brood en kaas en wyn. Ek het baie gestap en bybel gelees en gemediteer en gebid. Ek het deel kon word van die rus en die hersteltyd van ‘n landskap in die laat herfs. Ek het vrede ervaar en versterk gevoel.

Die volgende vier weke was ek en my vrou en my kinders in en om Engeland bymekaar om te sien en te hoor en te ervaar en stories te vertel en te eet en te lag en te kuier en te.. en te..Ons ry die underground bloots en stap die stof uit London se nat strate en laat ons niks afskrik deur vier uur middag se donker nie. Dit was ‘n fees!

En nou is ek terug in my plek en ek is bly dat ek nie die twee maande laat verby gaan het nie. Ek is bly dat ek nie vooraf toegegee het aan die vrees vir moeite nie. Ek is bly dat ek my begroting uit ‘n ander hoek bekyk het. Al moet die sogenaamde noodsaaklikhede nou ‘n bietjie wag, is my geestelike en emosionele en menswees bankbalans, nou stampvol.

Ek het weer die krag en energie en entoesiasme om baie van die los punte bymekaar te vat. En, die vrede om die wat los wil bly, los te laat bly.

 

 

 

Beroepingsproses

Written by Pierre Goosen on . Posted in Prosesse

Riglyne vir die Beroepingsproses van ‘n Leraar

In hierdie dokument lê ons klem op die volgende vier prosesse:

A Beroeping as ‘n geloofsonderskeidende en pro-aktiewe proses
B Die ontwikkeling van ‘n profiel vir die vakature
C Die Profiel
D Die proses vir die pre-advies en gemeente .

Laai die ingeslote dokument hier af.

Pierre Goosen en Frederick Marais (Buvton 2007)

 

Beroepingsproses

Written by Pierre Goosen on . Posted in Beroepingsproses

Riglyne vir die Beroepingsproses van ‘n Leraar

In hierdie dokument lê ons klem op die volgende vier prosesse:

A Beroeping as ‘n geloofsonderskeidende en pro-aktiewe proses
B Die ontwikkeling van ‘n profiel vir die vakature
C Die Profiel
D Die proses vir die pre-advies en gemeente .

Laai die ingeslote dokument hier af.

Riglyne vir die Beroepingsproses van ‘n leraar (127 KB)

Pierre Goosen en Frederick Marais (Buvton 2007)

 

Kruisig die (my) Bediening

Written by Pierre Goosen on . Posted in Begelei mekaar

Die opskrif hierbo is my vertaling van die titel van ‘n boek: “The Crucifixtion of Ministry” geskryf deur die teoloog, Andrew Purves. Die aanleiding tot die boek is sy besef dat ons (predikante) se bediening soms twee ernstige nadelige gevolge kan hê. Die een is dat met ons beste bedoelinge ons pogings en planne en perspektiewe mense kan verhinder om Jesus Christus raak te sien. Ons is as’t ware in die pad van die evangelie. Meer spesifiek, in die pad van Jesus Christus. Die ander, wat ‘n direkte gevolg hiervan is, is dat ons kan “uitbrand”. Ons buig onder die druk daarvan om meer relevant te wees. Ons wil goeie dominees wees, wat ons soms ongelukkig vertaal as ‘besige’ dominees. Die oplossing sê Purves is om die bediening nie te sien as my bediening nie, maar as Jesus se voortgaande bediening waaraan ek deel het. Mense wil/moet eintlik Jesus sien en nie vir my nie. Ons werk is om heen te wys en getuie te wees daarvan dat dit Hy is wat nog steeds vergewe en nuutmaak en lewe gee.
Op die vraag ‘hoe’ kan ek daaraan dink dat ons onsself voortdurend moet afvra waar en hoe God betrokke is en daarby inval.
Maar, daar is sekerlik veel meer antwoorde en daarmee moet ons mekaar help.