...Or Maybe Not
As I've mentioned, today was the day for my interviews for full connection. I had turned my paperwork in, I'm in-process with my additional seminary classes (in the last one currently), and I was confident that my interviews would go well.
Except that what I didn't know could hurt me. For the required psychological evaluations, I sent information in to Nashville for processing; what I didn't know (and hadn't asked anyone about) was that there was a battery of tests to be completed before this paperwork was to go to Nashville. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have asked someone about it.
But I didn't.
So I drove to Columbus only to be told (right before we were to go in) that I couldn't interview because my folder wasn't complete.
What does this mean?
In the practice of ministry it doesn't mean anything. I will continue to minister in my congregation as I have another year to get that part done. I can refine the contents of my "folder" over the year and can show the Board that I'm serious about it.
What does it really mean? I told my friends that it means that I get to have my own party next year and none of my friends will have to choose which party to go to (I probably won't actually even have a party, but that's another story). No, really, it means that I have to get my act together. I have been pitiful at following through on detail work, and that's no good.
One thing I realized as I was debriefing this experience. I kind of feel like Lane Meyer from Better Off Dead -- while his brother, Badger, could make a working space shuttle out of household items, Lane couldn't do anything right. He did, however, eventually end up beating Roy Stalin in a ski race from the K-12, champ, but he had his first taste of success racing the two Japanese guys once he (and Monique, mostly Monique) got his Camaro running. I need a small taste of success. That's all I need. Months ago I was faced with beating Michigan in the big game; I didn't even get a chance to play that game. Now all I want is to beat Yee Sook and Chen Ree (by the way, why do they get named in the credits when they are never actually called by name in the movie?).