Great piece and even better timing as we move into the holiday season.
exactly what I needed today…
Hmm…this hit home.
Right on Seth. I am a late-20-something and trying too hard to swim with the sharks. I work in addition to my crazy-schedule, low-paying, full-time job with the goal of someday solely supporting my family, but it ultimately causes more anxiety than it’s worth in income. I get out of rhythm way too often. I fall in the “passionate” description and often wonder if I need to pursue more fully my newly discovered passion area of church outreach communication (a dream I brought to Kingdom Dreams).
Jesus never fails us, indeed, Bill. I think letting us fall out of rhythm is one of the ways God calls out to us and grabs for us, to draw us near, if we’re willing.
I pray that God shows you what your rhythm should be, Chris. You’re right, the anxiety is not worth it.
Thanks Seth…there are some things to mull on here. I guess @ this place in life the greatest truths for me start with the unshakable truth we are called to be “human beings” not “human doings”. God isn’t a football coach and the only things we “do” that matter flow from what the Living God does “through us”.
All the rest may make us feel good about how we are helping God but in reality it gets burned up with other good intentions.
The person with a terminal illness confined to a bed but praying incessantly is God’s “rockstar” off to the side and with no acclaim.
In heaven we’ll see how wrong many of us have been (I confess) about what really matters.
Love to Leah by the way. Tell her I’m proud.
This puts words to what I’ve been feeling lately.
I’ve come to the realization recently that my job just isn’t a good fit. I’ve been feeling very burn out and stressed, and this particular job seems to bring out the worst in me instead of utalizing my strengths.
I realized just the other day that I’ve been adapting my core personality to try to suceed in this environment, and although I can do it – it is just wearing me out. In some ways I was looking at it as failure because I’ve been having a difficult time keeping it all together lately. But it occurred to me that I’m working against my natural tendancies, and therefore should not be surprised at the long term effects.
I appreciate your clarity in expressing this. I feel more able to just accept is as a bad fit instead of viewing it as a failure. I know my strengths, and I need to work in an environment where they can surface and grow.
Now of course, I have to trust that God will help me to find such a place.
You’ve touched on how I’m able to lead 15 projects a year-it’s a rhythm I get into from Jan 15th to April 10th, then May 26th to August 10th. In the fall it’s a time to unwind to some degree. The irony is that I often go into a bit of a slump slowing down and coming down from my project rhythm, but then regain some equilibrium at a slower pace for the fall, which allows me to rest until I ramp up to again enter the project phase. When I feel like I’m loosing it, I turn to the Lord (Matt 11:28-29 and Isaiah 40:28-31). He has never failed me!!!
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