Today I have felt as though my job is overwhelming me. The workload at MSA is growing as we start to plan our 2008 conference, work on plans for the Celtic retreat & community site as well as juggling the ongoing work of the newsletter, workshops & conversations. I realize that there is a tipping point beyond which I know longer feel that I can maintain the balanced rhythms between spiritual and secular, work and rest, community and solitude that I know are essential for my life. Above all when my work load becomes too great my spiritual life suffers and I find myself disconnecting from God.
So what can I do? Well hopefully those of you who are not as busy as I am can help. First I realize that we need more help here in the office. If you would like to join our team here in Seattle please read the descriptions that I have added to the Mustard Seed Associates page & email me. We can accomodate people who are interested from 1 hour to 10 hours a week. There are also opoortunities for people to be involved from a distance – in fact our newsletter – the Seed Sampler has been produced in Colorado for the last year. So if you do not live in Seattle but would like to join the Mustard Seed team please let me know.
As well recruiting more help I know I need to take some more time to space out my responsibilities in order to maintain the balances that are so important for me. I would appreciate your prayers as I take time to reflect on what I am doing that I should not be doing and how I can once again learn to say no. I find this is something I need to do regularly. I find my rhythm and develop a sustainable way of life for a while and then I find myself taking on more than I should. Our culture encourages us to be too busy and it is an easy trap to fall into. Pray that I will again discover God’s unforced rhythms of grace.