The Art of Steering is about life and leadership.
It’s about what I learn from those around me, particularly Christian writers.
It’s the story of me learning to steer into the wind because that’s where God is.
The idea of finishing is significant to me. I want to finish well. I don’t want to be like so many others whom I see, losing their focus and prioritising other things that are not the one thing they promised allegiance to. And that is, in part, the theme of my blogging. The art of steering is about how to run a good race, how to keep running hard over the finish line and how not to wander off the track. Can I steer successfully through life so that when I am old I can say that I have finished well?
Yet this is not the only theme of my blogging: for me, the art of steering is also the art of leadership. kybernetes is a Greek word found in the New Testament for a God-given gift. Often we translate it ‘administration’ but actually it comes closer to a sense of ‘piloting’…the gift of piloting or steering a church. I don’t know all that much about leading a church but I am learning – through practice on a poor unsuspecting church and through the wisdom of others!
So the art of steering is about living life well and about leadership. I’d like to pretend that ‘the art of steering’ is original but I first came across it in my studies as a description of Biblical wisdom. I’ve always liked it, ever since then. It’s what wisdom is all about – the art of steering through life’s ups and downs until we reach the end of our allotted days. The wisdom writers seem to think God has to be at the centre of the art of steering, although Job wasn’t sure for a bit! I’m banking on them being right.
So, since I’ve already denied any claim to originality, I can also freely admit to the fact that anything on this blog was probably thought or said by someone else first. Where I can attribute it easily, I will. If it is going to take me a lot of effort, I probably won’t (a total of seven years in post-18 education one way and another has given me a horror of footnotes!).
Now you know where I’m coming from. I’ll try to be consistent to those aims. But I may grow and change as I write…that’s the almost certain hazard of reflective practices! But hopefully, whatever comes, I’ll still be steering along the kind of channels I mention above.
…and if you thought you’d read this before, yes, much of it is plagiarised from my first post. My delightful discovery is that plagiarism doesn’t seem so terrible when you are copying your own work. (I have a feeling that it is just as culpable in academia, but then…I’m a practitioner, so what would I know?! )
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