Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have received a newly edited version of Shrink. We’re at the point in the editing process where everything switches to paper. So, this is my first go-round at edits w/a red pen in hand. I have less than a month to get it done. I confess that the manuscript is currently sitting on my desk at home poking fun at me, and verbally taunting me whenever I walk by.

I confess that I am not the least bit ready for winter to be gone. I am still loving the cold weather, dreaming of packed powder and short lift lines. Three more weeks and I’ll be proving that I am at best a mediocre skier.

I confess that I’m trying to get up the courage to start in on season 2 of House of Cards. I’ve avoided the spoilers so far but I better get on it if I want the story to be a surprise. This show fascinates me. On one level I really do like the show. It’s so creative, great cinematography, plus I like that it’s a Netflix original. But it’s so devoid of any kind of hope – I mean there is no hint of redemption anywhere, not even one character of virtue to pull for. You’ve got to be in the right head space to watch that show w/out needing to go straight to an episode of Family Guy just to clear the mechanism.

I confess that one of my bad habits is checking email communication when I’m trying to detach from my job for a few hours. I’m continually amazed at how much stress comes into our lives via email. The rhythm Kristin and I are trying to stick to is that when I get home from church on Sunday – usually around 2:30 or 3:00 – I try to get some emotional distance from my job and begin the practice of Sabbath keeping for the next 24 hours. When I get up on Monday, I try to avoid email if I can and then Kristin and I get out of the house together, and just do something energizing and fun until 3pm when I pick up my oldest from school. Then I’m back in and engaged in my role as dad or pastor. The idea is to get a full 24 hours of downtime. Only two things generally hijack the practice: 1) if we flail around Monday morning and can’t decide what to do – the antidote to this is planning ahead. 2) if I check email/texts and get sucked into something that is stressful. One of the best practices I can do to enhance Sabbath is to write my Monday Morning Confessional Sunday night before I got to bed. I confess that I didn’t get it done last night. I’m learning how much the consistent practice of Sabbath keeping takes quite a bit of prep time.

I confess that the list of household projects I need to get to has piled up over the past year. I have allowed myself to use getting the manuscript finished as an excuse to put things off. When it warms up outside, I’m going to be kept pretty busy working on a bunch of projects I have really let go for far too long.

I confess that it’s time to start running again. I confess that this is the longest break from running I’ve taken in at least the past ten years. I really need to start in this week, but am not looking forward to the lost productivity and time. I honestly never thought my main reason for avoiding exercise would be that I’m able to get more work done if I don’t break to take care of my body. Nothing about that sentence is even remotely healthy, so I better get on it.

I confess that Jimmy Fallon’s first week of The Tonight Show did not disappoint. I’ve watched all except the episode w/Jerry Seinfeld. I hope to catch a little bit of Seth Meyers this week… I actually think he’s going to be pretty good.

Okay friends, that’s my confession for this Monday… time for you to make yours:

About Tim Suttle

Find out more about Tim at TimSuttle.com

Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of RedemptionChurchkc.com. He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.


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