My Growth Engine(s)
Lee’s post is crisp and clear … let’s see if we can give him any ideas/encouragement to help him along the way, in much the same way as he has (no doubt) helped others over the years in his role as preacher and chaplain …
Rather than showing you a chart with 40 years worth of earning, spending, ability and doing let me summerize for you that nothing showed up in all four columns. But public speaking, teaching, writing, communicating, mentoring and creative efforts like abstract art work showed up in three columns. The final two columns had Retreat Center, wood working and photography. Factor into this the reality that my entire adult life except for a three year period in the military has been spent within the “marketplace” instead of up on some hill behind stained glass windows inviting the world to come to me. By the way this is preacher talk for saying most all of my ministry or jobs have been outside the walls of the church but always a representative of the church.
Add all this up and my growth engine looks something like being involved in a service type business that helps people to grow.
Personal Life Coaching
Consulting with law enforcement agencies
Writing for law enforcement trade magazines
Creating greeting cards that focus on police & fire personnel
Developing a “Speakers Board” for agencies
Develop an online store for Christian artists
Freelance online creative writing (such as my newest site located at http://newlifesupport.wordpress.com
Beyond that is the possibility of investing and real estate.
A final thought that just came to me is that this all reminds me of auto racing. Really good racers do not have just “one car” or “one engine” but they are always looking at the fact that to finish the race they might very well need several. And serious “owners” and “sponsors” have several cars in their stable not to mention they are always looking for good drivers to come join them.