It is slowly dawning on me that (at the time of writing) graduation is about five weeks away. This is both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. Exciting because I’ll be done with research papers and I’ll be able to do guilt-free pleasure reading. Terrifying because this is where the real leap of faith happens, entering the “real world” once again. Terrifying also because there is so much left to do in these next five weeks. In no particular order:
- Write and present an exegetical paper on 1 Peter 4:12-13.
- Read 2 books and write three short critiques (there’s a third book I just finished reading).
- Research and write a 20-page paper on the relationship between God’s wrath and God’s love in Romans 5:1-11 (my topic choice).
- Write a sermon (Matthew 22:1-14 – the parable of the wedding banquet).
- Co-plan and co-lead Good Friday service at our church.
- Write and present another exegetical paper on another couple of verses from 1 Peter.
- Write a philosophy of ministry
- Write a summary of a workshop I attended at the Church Planting Congress in Winnipeg last November, including a 3-page bibliography of resources for further study on the subject.
- Write a final translation exam on 1 Peter.
- Prepare 3 special services (for a class on Pastoral Theology): wedding, funeral, and baby dedication.
- Various smaller weekly assignments.
I oscillate between despair and hopefulness, between feeling like it’s doable and feeling like it’s not. When I reflect on the smaller assignments, most of which will not be difficult or particularly time consuming, I am hopeful. When I consider the 20-page paper in particular, I am filled with a certain level of dread. I’m just thankful that I’m interested in my topic, which is a rare occurrence.
Onwards and upwards! Up and at them!