IT IS UNKNOWN!!!
The thing is, we know a lot about our future, but we're missing the most important piece - - -
- We know that I am graduating in 10 weeks with my Masters of Divinity
- We know that I have a job as a pastor waiting for me in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
- We know that we'll be moving back to our beloved South
The Georgia-Cumberland Conference is all of Georgia, the eastern half of Tennessee, and just a touch of North Carolina. There are churches everywhere, and we could literally be placed in any one of them! Here's a map of the conference with the dots marking all the Adventist churches and schools in the conference. Where do YOU think we'll be placed? Your guess is as good as mine...
And this causes a problem for the Smith household for several reasons.
- Jenn and I are EXTREMELY goal oriented. We thrive with setting goals out in front of us to GO GET. And this transition facing us in just a few weeks comes with many goals like buying our first house, starting a family, and serving God in the way that we feel we can best be used, but they are tough to visualize without a concrete location to grasp.
- Scheduling races and events is REALLY hard when you have no idea where you'll be living. I can't really plan for "day" races (i.e. races you can get to by driving to on the morning of) without knowing where we'll be. This gives me ZERO motivation to train when there really isn't anything on the schedule.
- Planning on going IRON doesn't seem possible without knowing what the job will be like. I feel as though I can't sign up for Ironman Louisville for 2012 without knowing that I can get all the training in as well as be a faithful, hard-working brand new pastor in a church. Although this may be an excuse, it is holding me back for sure! Would it be any different if I knew where we were going??? Would I still hesitate on signing up???
Thanks for reading! Thanks for letting me vent! I'll let you know as soon as we know something.