Friday Five: Gifts and Talents

You know, when I first joined the RevGals ring, I was not wild about the Friday Five. Now, I find myself looking forward to it all week. I play early on, and peek back in all day to see who else has played.

So this week, Sally gave us a Gifts and Talents theme.

1. Personality tests; love them or hate them?
I have sort of a love-hate relationship with them. When I was younger, I thought they were fantastic. As I get older, and feel like I'm growing into my own skin more fully, I am less patient with them. I don't want to see acronyms or numbers, I want to see people.

2. Would you describe yourself as practical, creative, intellectual or a mixture? I think I'm a mixture. I learned from MamaMarine to be very resourceful, and I think that's a combination of practicality and creativity. My language skills are very strong, I'm a big reader, and I'm very curious, so people often think I'm more intellectual than I really am. If I can't see how something is applied, I'm often not very interested in studying it.

3. It is said that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame; have you had your yet? If so what was it, if not dream away what would you like it to be?
I don't think that I have, but I'm not sure I want it. I'd rather be well-loved than well-known.

4. If you were given a 2 year sabatical ( oh the dream of it) to create something would it be music, literature, art.....something completely different...share your dream with us...
MamaMarine and Mr. M both think I'll write books one day, but it's hard to imagine right now, because I don't feel like I have anything I need to share yet.

5. Describe a talent you would like to develop, but that seems completely beyond you. I would love to play an instument well. I think the cello-- beautiful, and very glamorous.

Bonus question: Back to the church- what does every member ministry mean to you? Is it truly possible to encourage/ implement?
I deeply, deeply believe in the ministry of all the baptised. To me, ordained ministry is like parenting, in that the goal is to work yourself out of a job. I haven't been in the position to try this yet, but I think some cornerstones are to encourage like mad, not to micromanage, and to teach the church to consider their priorities-- is each form of ministry important enough to them to roll up their own sleeves? Of course, we'll see what my answers are when I'm in the scary position of trying to implement these things!


  1. well played- the cello is beautiful- but when I watch the hours of practice my eldest puts in I am awed and put off by her dedication!

    As for every member ministry- I agree micro-management is always a problem... thanks for joining in! :-)

  2. i think your parenting analagy is wonderful, as well as working yourself out of a job. wonderful!

    great play!

  3. Well Played! Love what you said about the job of ordained ministry is like parenting, to work yourself out of a job! Its how I've always felt, too bad my congregation doesn't feel the same way! ;)

  4. Anonymous9:04 AM

    Lovin' your answer to number 2. I think you and I are VERY similar!

  5. Yeah, I'm a mixed bag on question #2 as well... :)

    fun answers!

  6. Yup. It's a lot like parenting, well parenting adolescents that is. (LOL). (which is very different than parenting newborns who are all cute and snuggly and love you, while adolescents are smart-alecky and like to push your buttons, and like to try on all kinds of pesonalities as they try to figure out who they are - but they need solid wise parents to know just when to push back or when to laugh it off, when to stand solid and clear, and when to allow for some fuzziness)....fun, thoughtful play.

  7. ministry of all the baptized... yes, yes, yes... if only all the baptized would operate out of "fear" a little bit less, wouldn't we then find more freedom to build the kingdom? Hmm... I can hear the cello now...

  8. "I learned from MamaMarine to be very resourceful, and I think that's a combination of practicality and creativity."

    Resourceful. That's a wonderful attribute, and a wonderful gift from your mother.


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
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