“A Centered Life”

Two days ago I had the opportunity to have lunch with a pastor friend of mine and a friend of his, Jack Fortin. As I navigate the world of ministry, theology, non-profits, seminary…. I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet a lot of different people and share my story and hear theirs. We had a great conversation and I was thrilled with the opportunity to hear and share stories regarding real life and in the real world ministries.

Jack Fortin is the Executive Director of The Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN. He is also the author of “The Centered Life: Awakened, Called, Set Free, Nurtured”


I learned a lot during our meeting and I’m sure I’ll share more in the future. But the message I want to leave with you today is the idea of living a “Centered Life”. This idea is the foundation of the book. The book describes how often we are told to “balance” or “find balance” in our lives. But with the overwhelming demands in life, the sheer quantity and magnitude of life, we shouldn’t focus on balancing our lives, but focus on “centering” them. Centering our lives on God.

I’m not going to go into further detail right now. I need to do some more research on the idea and look at potential applications for “A Centered Life” in the Public Safety Ministries ministry. But at first glance, it seems to me personally, that I can have more success in bringing order to my life by “centering” it rather than “balancing” it.

This website and the weblog posts that I make are intended to share my faith and ministry journey as it happens. Yesterday was a very “influential” day in my journey. And in the next couple of day’s I’ll share an experience I had yesterday that also had a great impact on my “calling”. It has to do with my involvement with a project called “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon”. Click on it for more information on this project designed to support Minnesota’s deployed and returning military personnel. More to come…….