Over the last few months I’ve enjoyed reading the Worship blog, Worthily Magnify. Recently Jamie Brown had an interesting list of questions for potential team members. They were all solid suggestions, and then I got to the last one, “Why do you feel called to this particular ministry?” I don’t know why, but I was kind of stunned. It’s such a great question to ask, and not just when you’re in the midst of auditions.
Organizer and life coach, Hellen Buttigieg, had a great idea a couple of years ago about reviewing your time commitments in January to determine what should stay and what could go. Her advice was something like, By this time in the school year, you know what activities your children are excited about, and which ones they dread. You know the evening class which looked like a quick trip is really a 45 minute commute in rush hour traffic. Very sound tips for recalibrating your schedule as a New Year begins.
However, I’m inclined to use her advice as September is kicking off. Before I begin to pencil in people and places automatically, I think I may ask myself, “Why am I drawn to this?” At present, I think I’m disposed to have a little more “white space” on my calendar, and hopefully in my heart and mind. I’m reminded of some guidance in AA about “burning up energy foolishly…trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.”
Here’s the excerpt – good luck with your Fall planning.
In thinking about our day, we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we’ve tried this for awhile. As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day, “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves. It works – it really does.