Another Semester Gone

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:51 AM

It is amazing to me that I have completed another semester of seminary. Semester six of eight. There is something profound to me about that particular number. I think it was the same way in college. Hitting the three quarters mark symbolizes having made it through not just a simple majority, but really the bulk of things.

It is not that suddenly I am getting a false sense of security about seminary. And, as much as it feels good to accomplish things, I find myself of mixed feelings that I am this close to being done. But, in any case, in another year, I will be done with that “project.” It feels like I just started.

Actually, thinking back, maybe that's not odd — some conversations around Christmas finals times in college seem like they were just yesterday (Jason Kettinger can read into this if he wishes). I looked up an e-mail conversation I had with a professor in December 2005 tonight and found myself amazed it was that long ago.

But, here we are about to enter the second decade of the new millennia. And therein lies another interesting observation. The '10's will be the fourth decade in which I have been present for at least a portion.

Time's winged chariot flaps rapidly forward.

Re: Another Semester Gone
Jenn and I were making similar statements as regards family and the growth of our children. I can't believe I'm old enough to have a nine-year-old. :shock: We were looking at our wardrobe and realizing we're on the edge of a clothing paradigm shift. We don't want to be those people who dress too young. A little while ago as I was making yet another repair to our family vehicle :roll: I got to thinking: I'm 35. 70 is a respectable age to live to. God, can I have my mid-life crisis car now?
Posted by Jason P. Franklin - Dec 11, 2009 | 1:52 PM

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I think it works better to stay in that mid-life crisis. Most things make more sense that way. Me, I'm just starting to feel like a teenager at 53.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Dec 11, 2009 | 6:35 PM

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Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Dec 12, 2009 | 6:27 AM

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I just can't believe you're going to finish before I do... We're all so proud of you, Tim. :cool:
Posted by Caedmon - Dec 14, 2009 | 5:57 PM

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Jason - I'm really in trouble. I had my mid-life crisis car at 25!
Posted by Caedmon - Dec 17, 2009 | 7:52 PM

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Thanks, Caedmon! The timing is interesting... but I have years to go after, so you can still catch up. ;)
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Dec 18, 2009 | 7:22 AM

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