Every once in awhile someone will comment in person or on Twitter about the “Gentleman Explorer” that I use in describing myself… mostly why it’s there and is it just a joke. The answer is yes and no…
I first came across the term “Gentleman Explorer” while reading about about Julius Brenchley, born on November 30th, 1816 (my birthday BTW) in Kent, England. Brenchley was an ordained minister and dubbed a “Gentleman Explorer”, who “spent much of his adult life exploring the world in his tireless search for knowledge. His life was shaped by his ‘passionate love of wandering’.”
I thought that sounded fun (growing up, anytime anyone asked what I wanted to do with my life I would say “just wander the earth like Kane in Kung Fu, If you don’t know what that means click here to watch the video)… and to be honest it’s a way to remind myself to relax and be myself.
There was a time that I took myself WAY to seriously. I thought ministers were supposed to be serious, firm, quiet and always very stoic. The COMPLETE OPPOSITE of who I am. I’m a goof-off and a smart-ellec who has stuck his foot in his mouth so many times I could tell you the brand of shoes your wearing by the taste.
I take the CALL OF GOD in my life VERY SERIOUSLY, I take my position as a Pastor VERY SERIOUSLY, I just try NOT to take MYSELF very seriously… sometimes I think that one of the greatest things pastors can do to spread the Gospel, is just lighten up… have some fun. How can we be expected to share the GOOD NEWS if it’s BAD NEWS to everyone else when we show up.
So there you have it… Maybe you should become a “Gentleman Explorer” to!