Becoming less Encumbered.

For those of you who do not know, I have accepted a position as an associate pastor at a Church in South Korea. I will be taking up the position as soon as is practical. 

Positively, this means that I’ll be more able to blog (it will be part of my duties under communicating with the congregation, and in evangelism). On the downside, it means that I have to move to the other side of the planet. Again.

Now, over the many years that I have been out of High School, I have been amassing a sizable library, and I have to admit that I really love books. Unfortunately, it has gotten a lot more expensive to move those books, and since I have nowhere practical to store them, I am instead bound to sell them (and replace what I need once I set up housekeeping in Korea).

It is a strange feeling, however, to see the books that I have treasured and lived among for the last decade (in some cases) going out the door. It’s honestly a bit of a heart check.

The Bible states that where my treasure is, there will my heart be also, and it is clear to me that for far too long, the things I have had may have been the residence of my heart, meaning that my heart was not in God, and certainly not in His kingdom, even while I had so many religious books.

Perhaps the increase in costs is a mark of God’s providence rather than an act of vengeance (or maybe it’s both). In any case, as I begin to own fewer things, I am finding myself more and more able to focus on the things that I claim to truly value.

Soli Deo Gloria

Author: Stephen Dawe

Steve is a part-time vocational elder Calvary Baptist Church, St. John's as well as a full-time student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in the Religious Studies Department.

13 thoughts on “Becoming less Encumbered.”

  1. I have to admit, it’s a bit weird to press “submit comment” and not see my incredibly intelligent comment appear immediately. It’s like there’s some sort of screening process.

    I totally understand, though. I have a spam filter on my site and people have started to ask me to ban one guy who is really turning into a bit of an ass. Holding comments for moderation might cut down on a bit of that.

  2. …and I really should have coffee before I start posting on blogs. “Bit” is apparently my favourite word. You know, because it’s so incredibly intelligent.

  3. Oh.

    So . . . What does it take to get one into the blogosphere as an honest to goodness blogger?

    I suppose you don’t have a flight date yet for your less encumbered return?

  4. Usually, one chooses a blog editing site (I use wordpress) and signs up for it. Then, if they are a real blogger (Like Megan here) they write in their blog regularly.

    As to my less-encumbered return, I have to wait until I am at least encumbered by a visa for Korea.

  5. Ok, thanks. Hmm, what other questions might I ask which I can easily find the answer to on my own?

    Oh, the irony! ^^

    So I have a blog space now. Now I just need to sit down and do something with it latter this week. Maybe I can post my pdf articles as they are? That’s actually what I was hoping to do.

  6. Truth4seekers:

    You could do whatever you want with your blog, but the real advantage of having a blog instead of some other sort of website is the ability for people to talk back to you. It’s an interactive medium.

    Usually, a document that was written for another medium (like something that was intended to be a PDF) will need some tweaking to make it work well on the web. But it’s hard to know without seeing what you’re working on.

  7. Wow, Megan, you ARE a real blogger. Your site is quite impressive. It make mine look like a fart in the wind. . . Wait, you can’t see one of those. Wait, that was my point. Wait, wasn’t it?

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