Right now, I am in a very good place. Having experienced the struggle and discouragement of not being in a good place, I'm grateful for this season. It's been a long time since I felt as good as I feel right now. And everything in my life and most things at our church seem to be firing on all cylinders. I mean just about everything is working - the energy is palpable, there is buzz. My family is healthy, my kids are doing well in school and love God. My spiritual life is good. My marriage is as awesome. Friendships are healthy. We're following the Dave Ramsey 7-baby-steps plan and our financial life looks a little brighter every day.
It's all good right now! And I often say that we should savor these seasons. They come and go, and we should enjoy them when they're here.
But there's a downside. I actually feel so good about our church and I'm genuinely so excited about it, I have a tendency to just live at PCC 24/7. Of course, I go home. But even when I'm there, all I think about is all that's going on here. I'm not anxious about it. In fact, I'm actually off-the-charts excited! I think about Westchester, the Preschool, Leadership Development, children and student minstries, administration, small groups, ways to pay for our building and pave the parking lot, care and guest services and hospitality, how to get more folks connected, what our next marketing push should look like, can we up the ante with missions, the upcoming service series', the teaching team, the Blue Team, the Steering Team, a new structure, incorporation, new ventures in middle school ministry, how our church should be led in a 3+ campus scenario, the playground, we need to incorporate, I need to spend more time with leaders one-on-one, we need some paint in the building and to finish the trim, how can we upgrade to HD?, I need to revise and update the 101 class, is there a better way to partner with Atlee?, can we have a workday at the building?, how are we going to celebrate PCC turning 10 this fall?, my office needs the touch of someone who knows decor, what are we doing to do to make Easter really exciting this year?, how can we better support our staff, are we communicating effectively with our leaders, and - oh yea - Sunday will be here in 5 days and my message is not finished!
All this is not intended to invoke sympathy or offers to help (though we don't turn those down!), but rather to note that many of us fall into this trap: when things are going well and we really love what we do, we tend to pour ourselves into that work beyond sustainability. 'Why not?' we say. 'This is so much fun!' And it's true. But so is the old adage, "too much of a good thing...is a bad thing."
When I give into my temptation to get unbalanced, I set myself up for an inevitable run-in with an unmovable wall. That collision is guaranteed. It will bring with it all kinds of negative things, as my life gets increasingly off-kilter in every area. That's not good for me or anyone else around me.
Being aware of this phenomenon this early in the process is good. It will help me be smarter and manage my energy and time and thoughts in a healthier way.
I know I'm not the only one who faces this challenge. Don't let a great season be cut short because you fell too hard into it!