Yesterday, Fuller celebrated its annual Faculty and Staff Welcome event, which meant that I not only got a free breakfast, but got to see what theme the administration has chosen for the seminary for the coming year. This year's theme was drawn from Philippians 3:10-14, where Christians are encouraged to "pursue the goal" that God has for us. In this vein, our tables were decorated with trophies and supplies to make medals (perhaps in keeping with the biblical illustration of running a race, found more explicitly in 1 Corinthians or maybe 2 Timothy, both also attributed to the Apostle Paul).
Lest this imagery seem a bit too triumphalist for Fuller, I should provide a bit of context (you might still think it's triumphalist, but at least you'll know what's going on). Each medal was essentially a plastic holder with a blank piece of paper inside. We were asked to consider what our calling was, and depict that calling using either words or pictures on the paper that would then go into the medal. Think of it as a Christian version of the old question, "where do you see yourself in five years?"
Those who've been following this blog know that I've been thinking a lot about my calling for quite some time now, and especially recently. Although my hand-drawing skills have never been particularly noteworthy, I found that I definitely wanted to go for a more "visual" representation rather than just writing a word or a phrase down. And, besides, "working behind-the-scenes to facilitate Christian ministries either on the local church or academic institutional level" seemed a bit too much to try to fit on a small circle. So, I settled on this image of writing words in a book. Perhaps it doesn't say "administrator" or "facilitator" all that clearly, but I figure it conveys "writer" well enough, and I've certainly been doing a lot of writing over the years!
As always, the welcome event was in two parts. After breakfast, we worshipped together in Travis Auditorium. The Auditorium has recently gotten a bit of a face-lift, and our worship time was the first opportunity for many of us to see what had been done. I write more about that over at the Fuller Blogs site, in case you're interested.