Yesterday, our congregation was introduced to the new Pastor that we have called. He is a young fellow named Justin, and we will be the first parish that he serves as pastor (he has been an associate pastor for the last 5 years at a church in Maryland).
He won't start as our full-time Pastor until January, so this was just sort of a meet and greet day. We got to hear him give his first sermon, though, and this is sort of the subject of this post.
He began with Mark 10: 17-29 which tells the story of the Rich Man that wants to go to heaven. He talked about this for about 4 minutes before he went right to the theme of his sermon: Identity. Justin told us about the nick names that he had in college, and he described himself a bit, and then asked us how we would identify ourselves if given the restriction of using only 5 words.
I thought about it for awhile, and I've been thinking about it ever since (ok, I tend to fixate sometimes... gimme a break).
So, here goes, in no particular order, my five descriptors:
These things are the most important things that embody who I am (or at least who I see myself as).
These things are the major parts of my psyche. I figure if I continue to focus on those things, I'll never go far wrong.
If you are reading this and care to share, I'd love to hear about your descriptors. If I may ask you, by way of quoting The Who: "Who Are You?"