Letting it all out

So yeah, as some of you know, I’ve started the process via the NC ELCA Synod to receive an Associate in Ministry. I hope to specifically focus on Youth Ministry and Mission Development (that is, church community development).

This will probably take a few years, if they decide I have a calling and accept me. This is not a full-time career change since there’s really no way to even consider that (for now).

This last year has seen a lot of changes. My life, since leaving Red Hat, has taken a turn towards the more spiritual than anyone – let alone me – expected. But I feel wonderful about all of this. When you wake up in the morning, and look towards a hectic week not with dread, but with excitement since it’s full of the things you love to do…well, ’nuff said. The fact that those things are *NOT* related to tech is what surprises me. If anything my work is no longer my primary calling. I am no longer defined by my geektitude. And this, I think, is a good thing, since it’s allowed me to break free of MANY of the attitudes that were holding back my happiness.

And for once I know that every day when I do this is a day I’m making the world a better place.

One child,
one friend,
one neighbor,
one stranger,
at a time.

(Yes, I told Renee. Yes she’s OK with it. Maybe a bit shocked, but OK with it)

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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3 Responses to Letting it all out

  1. apathychild says:

    Cool, and congratulations. Yeah, admitting to some surprise here, but it’s the good kind. :) Oddly enough, I know quite a few people now who’ve felt called to ministry long after they thought they were settled in a career (including one of my old bosses, who was in his mid-50s when he went into a lay-ministry program).

    Reading your entry is encouraging to me, because I’ve been feeling burned out of all altruism, spirituality, and sense of purpose for a long time now. So just reading a sentence like “When you wake up in the morning, and look towards a hectic week not with dread, but with excitement since it’s full of the things you love to do…” reminds me of exactly what I’ve been missing for a long time now, and fills me with hope of getting it back. Not to get too profound in the late-night journal comment ramblings, ;) but keep us all up to date on your progress.

  2. mongo1967 says:

    Sounds like a mitzvah to me! :)

    Seriously, though, I am always pleased to hear that someone has decided to eschew material excess for spirituality. I am also pleased when someone decides to lead by example rather than proclamation. I wish you the best.

  3. alchemist says:

    You need to come check us out sometime. Once you get settled into a job and all.

    You might also want to check out Vintage 21 in Raleigh.

    As for the rest…I just needed some perspective, I guess. Now if only $ORK wasn’t such an uptight pain in my ass…

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