Creating Caring Communities That Transform Lives
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Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 5:28:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

How do I love others well, but not get overwhelmed? How do I fulfill the call on my life to be a spiritual "father" to many, yet stay away from a performance mentality? This blog post continues the thoughts of my previous post, "It Ain't Easy," in which I confessed my deep levels of stress and fatigue during the past few weeks.

As I spend these 36 hours alone, I'm realizing that the switch from His presence back to my performance occurred when I overloaded my schedule and began to carry the burdens in my interactions instead of fully trusting God with the results. Often, as my pace of life increases, so does my sense of responsibility. For example, if I don't accomplish X, Y, and Z for my son and his new business, then it won't start in a timely, productive manner. Here's another example: a friend calls and wants to get lunch; I see only one free opening next week and decide to schedule him in rather than pushing it out a few weeks in order to maintain healthy margins.

Performing has a clear personal cost. As I meditated on Psalm 23, I wrote this:
Psalm 23 is an amazing set of promises for rest, peace, strength, guidance, and protection. However, I simply don't know how to comprehend and put these promises into practice when I'm busy helping others.

Next, I wrote what I sensed to be God's response: Doug, I have taken you to deeper levels in Me and you are anointed as a scribe, to share your story with others. I will not let you run and run and run. I will make you "lie down in green pastures," but I'd suggest that you take the lead to do so rather than Me having to do it! It will be less painful if you take the lead. I have given you a cabin to withdraw to and rest, so use it! Then you will be fully rested for the valley.

Now, my goal is to "radically disengage" one day per week. A Sabbath! What a novel thought! I'm also going to take a hard look at my calendar for the next several months and see if I can remove some of the good things I have planned. I encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on your own schedule. Are you involved in too many "good" things? Have you created enough space for rest and reflection?

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