Chuck Killian, my delightfully and prophetically unorthodox seminary professor (in the appropriate sense of "orthodox"...I mean, doing collages for a seminary preaching class? Sounds obvious to me! See them here) in an old issue of Leadership Journal, told the story of the mystic Sudzi Annatole (must have the spelling wrong...can't google that name..but I bet it's this one) whose spiritual director informed her (or him? ) something like this:
"You know, Sudzi: when you die...the Lord won't say,
'Sudzi, why weren't you Moses?"
"Sudzi, why weren't you Paul?"
I fear he might say,
"Why weren't you Sudzi? You would've made a really good Sutzi if you'd just been yourself."
Tim Neufeld has, in one of his passing comments (literally...in the comments section of his blog) has spoken something hugely helpful to me. So he's a spiritual director in the line of Sutzi's.
In all my (sometimes) confidence and (sometimes) embarrassment about
the "unorthodox" shape of my
call and my (un) orthodox style and job description in the Body and world..
I needed to hear what Tim said. I receive it as a compliment and a gift.
I have even redubbed my MySpace page username in honor..
Here's his word (context here..from a great article about..of course.. U2 ! See Oct 8 comment):