Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Emotional Busyness

These last few weeks have been normal professionally.  I have still done my visits and performed my pastoral duties as the pastor of Congregational Care at Good Shepherd.  However, I have felt busier than ever in my life.  We are moving in a few weeks and we've gotten our house ready to sale (anyone interested in a small ranch house in Rock Hill, SC?).  I have also thought a lot about what it will be like as the lead pastor.

It has taken an emotional toll.  I have felt busy because my mind has been racing about what we are leaving and where we are going.  Questions abound:

-What will it be like?
-Am I ready?
-What should I focus on first?
-How do I set healthy boundaries?
-How will the move effect me and my family?

More than ever in my life, I've learned that emotional busyness drains a person quickly.  Its like I can't turn my mind off. It feels like grief.  I've decided that I may not be able to keep my mind from racing and asking questions, however, I can decide what kind of attitude to have about the whole thing.  And I've decided to be positive and to expect God to do great things.

So may you choose to trust God the next time your mind takes you on an emotional roller coaster.


draysult said...

I would agree that you are on an emotional rollercoaster. So, I suggest you: Get plenty of rest, reflect on other times that you have gone through that were similar and the outcome of those times. Seek counsel from trusted friends, family and professionals. Know that God is will be with you and the entire family through all the peaks and valleys of this NEVER ending rollercoaster ride we call life on this earth! Most of all, relax and know He is God!

Anonymous said...

I know that you and your family must have reservations about the move to a new town and a new congregation. After all, your leaving a big church and a big city and coming to a much smaller setting. I can assure you without any doubt that this church family is ready to welcome you with open arms. This is a loving and happy congregation that will do everything possible to make you feel right at home. Good luck in this new adventure! May God richly bless you and Catawba United Methodist Church.