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Help! I’m feeling overwhelmed

It’s the kind of feeling that creeps up on you.  You may be unaware it is coming until it hits you.  It’s that sensation of being overwhelmed; that there is more work and ministry than time permits.overwhelmed

The disciples knew the feeling: “And Jesus said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.”  (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)”  (Mark 4:31)  There was so much work, so many people to whom they had to minister that they did not even have time to stop for a meal.  Everything was a priority except the basic need of life to eat.

Once this feeling hits we begin to drag, ministry goes into a slow motion pace.  We start voicing our “tiredness” more often to others.   Our focus shrinks from everything else to just ourselves.  We start to lose perspective and grow out of touch with the heart of the Gospel.

This is the very moment when we need to step back and take a deep breath. 

Stepping back is the action of pulling oneself out of our self focused world and gaining focus by asking others for help.  Selecting and following our critical priorities will occur as we, first of all, learn to say ‘no’ to priorities that are good, but not critical.  We all know this to be true, but it is so hard to practice it and to actually say ‘no’ to a priority or task.  Part of our unwillingness may stem from our people pleasing bent, not wanting to disappoint anyone.  This is where community can serve us well. People that know us and know the work in which we are engaged can enter our world and help us establish those critical priorities.

Taking a deep breath is physically getting up from where you are and going somewhere else.  It’s the effort to temporarily change locations to help clear one’s mind.  It may be a short walk, a run, a swim or just sitting in the grass.  It’s an activity that helps take one’s mind off of all that has been weighing on us.

Feeling overwhelmed like many of us?  Start by seeking the counsel and prayers of a strong community of friends and colleagues and taking some time outside the office or house.

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