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 It almost felt as if I was dealing with a stubborn child who, without good reason, had withdrawn, shut himself off and become totally unresponsive.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

 

 

 

 

Vraelys vir Predikante oor Roeping

Written by Frederick on . Posted in Hulpmiddels

Renovaré Roepings-retrait vir predikante

Voorbereidingsvraelys

Nota:  Hierdie vraelys is ontwerp vir die Roepings-retrait vir predikante maar sou ook deur leraarspanne vir spanbou doeleindes gebruik kon word

Baie dankie dat jy ingeskryf het vir die Roepings-retrait. Jou roeping as leraar is seker een van die kosbaarste en mees bepalende gebeure in jou lewe. Dit is baie persoonlik en daarom praat ons dikwels nie met mekaar daaroor nie.  H Richard Niebuhr noem dit ‘n “secret call”. 

Dit is goed dat ons van tyd tot tyd weer stil raak voor God en met mekaar oor ons roeping praat want ons roepingsfokus kan vervaag of selfs verdoof. Vir ons gereformeerdes is die vervaging van ons roeping amper vernietigend.  Calvyn se simbool was nie verniet ‘n brandende hart op ‘n uitgestrekte hand nie.

Ons besef nie altyd watter groot inpak die veranderinge in ons konteks op onsself en ons roeping  het nie. God roep ons tog altyd om in ‘n spesifieke konteks ons roeping uit te leef. As die konteks verander, sal dit nodig wees om weer oor ons roeping na te dink anders kan die fokus vervaag. Dit kan byna soos ‘n tweede roepings ervaring wees.  Dit is merkwaardig dat die meeste roepingsverhale in die Bybel verhale van ‘n tweede en derde roepingsgebeure is.  Dink maar bv aan Christus se geprek met Petrus in Johannes 21! Ons ervaring is dat hierdie paar dae regtig lewensveranderend kan wees om die vlam van ons roeping weer aan te steek.

Daar kan ‘n hele aantal redes wees waarom jy vir die retrat ingeskryf het.  Om  ons te help met die voorbereiding sal dit baie help indien jy die Voorbereidings Vraelys kan invul en aanstuur na die aanbieder.
 

Voorbereidings vraelys:

Elke deelnemer aan die retreat vul hierdie in en stuur dit vir die aanbieder om hom te help met die voorbereiding.  Die noukeuringe invul van die vraelys sal aan jou ‘n goeie voorbereiding wees vir die Roepings-retrait. Hierdie inligting is uit die aard van die saak vertroulik en sal net met die res van die groep of enigeen gedeel word met die persoon en groep se toestemming.

Naam:………………………………………………………..
Gemeente:………………………………………………….
My MBTI-profiel:…………………………………………
My gawes:………………………………………………….
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LW Indien jy nie jou MBTI-profiel en gawe-analise het nie sal dit by die Retrait self afgeneem word.
1. Hoeveel jaar is jy al in die bediening?

 

 

2. Wat waardeer jy die meeste van bediening?

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3. Wat was vir jou die grootste aanpassings sedert jy begin werk het as predikant? Noem 3

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4. Wat is die één verandering wat jy self kan maak wat die grootste verskil in jou bediening sal maak?

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5. As jy jou persoonlike roeping as leraar in ‘n kort paragraaf kan opsom? Wat sal dit wees? Probeer eerder spesifiek wees, vermy algemene stellings wat van alle predikante waar sou kon wees.

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6. Hoe het die werk in die gemeente jou uitkyk op God en die lewe geraak?

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7. Watter inpak het die veranderinge in die konteks op jou verstaan van jou roeping gehad?

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8. Het jy die afgelope tyd bewus geword van nuwe passies wat die Gees in jou wakker maak, wat jy in ‘n ideale situasie baie tyd sou wou gee?

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9. Op ‘n skaal van belangrikheid, gee vir elkeen van die volgende moontlike uitkomste vir die Roepings-retrait ‘n punt in die aangewese ruimte. Dit sal my help as julle mooi hieroor dink en nie meer as 2 items uitlig as noodsaaklik nie.
  
  
1    Onbelangrik vir nou 

2     Goed om ook te weet 

3     Sal goed wees 

4      Belangrik dat ons nou hieraan werk 

5      Noodsaaklik dat ons dit nou doen

a. My selfverstaan en my roeping moet belyn word met mekaar. Ek voel of ek uit my roeping gegroei het.

b. Daar is baie verskillende aansprake en konflikte in my bedieningskonteks wat  aangespreek moet word.

c. My roeping is nie belyn met die roeping van die gemeente nie.

 

d. Ek sal graag nuut aangewend wil word as predikant

 

e. Ek wil graag my roepingsfokus herstel

 

f. Ek  wil groei in my vaardighede as predikant

 

10. Is daar enige ander opmerkings wat jy graag sal wil maak tov die Roepings-retrait wat  kan help met die voorbereiding?
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