Now What?

My time in grad school is officially over. For now.

Maybe forever. Maybe not.

But this one is finished.

I feel a strange mix of gladness, relief, and sadness. A favorite song of mine called Breakfast at Tiffany’s has this line and I feel it acutely right now.

“So what now? It’s plain to see we’re over…And I hate when things are over…When so much is left undone.”

I hate when things are over.

But my heart is full of such deep gratitude and I look forward to the good and beautiful things to come.

I am changed forever. Because of my experience over the last two years I have a renewed hope for the church (though I believe it’s going to look radically different moving forward) and I’ve come to see that Jesus is more beautiful than I’ve ever known.

Now what?

Ordinary days. Live and love like it matters. Fight the good fight to keep my heart open and tender.

Write, work, and teach. Journey with others and share what I’ve learned along the way.

Try and try again because as Steven Garber writes in Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good that’s “the heart of the good life, living between what is and what someday will be.”

Here’s to now what. I think it looks pretty good.

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