Do you keep to-do lists? I do. The last thing I do every Sunday is start my task list and confirm appointments for the coming week. I have a big red binder that serves as my calendar. (I made it myself, and I’m considering starting to sell it to clergy and church leaders who like having huge pages for Sundays and Wednesdays.) And some weeks, the task list is long and the appointment list is longer; other times, it’s normal. But I’m not talking about to-do lists to brag on my adequate administrative and organizational skills. It’s because I never seem to be able to cross everything off.
I find myself thinking about how being busy is not the same as being productive.
I serve on the Regional Youth Council as its Convener, and that means I’m also on the Area Youth Council and the Regional Council. There are a lot of meetings with that, and retreats, and e-mails. Chris has gotten into the habit of asking how long I’ll be gone on weekends, as opposed to if I’ll be gone. I should probably work on that, and not tell him I’m now on the Search Committee for the next Regional Minister. (I bet he’ll find out.) But I’m not writing this to boast about the solid work I do on behalf of MHCC outside of MHCC.
I find myself thinking about how doing a lot can sometimes be distracting from what needs to be done.
I was asked recently what I do on my days off. “Nothing,” seemed to surprise the asker. I mean, I’ll grocery shop if it needs to be done, do a couple loads of laundry. But mostly I sleep, I read, and occasionally, I sit in silence and be. I’m a much better doer than be-er. But I’m working on that. Sabbath is important for a variety of reasons, but this isn’t so much an article about Sabbath.
This Sunday, we begin to wrap up the New Year’s Resolutions sermon series begun at the beginning of the year, with one of the most nebulous of the most common resolutions, “Be Less Stressed.” I am obviously still working out the finer details of it. But I’m not letting it get me tense and worried—which I think is probably good fodder for the sermon itself. The week is young, though. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.