This Tuesday I was with our team of pastors in the Rocky Mountains for a day of planning and strategy for our local church. The location and conversations were energizing. I was actually excited to get back to the office and back to work. Then Wednesday happened.
Grandpa’s gall bladder had been removed earlier in the week. Consequentially, his liver had been damaged and the internal bleeding was no longer under control. After driving a couple hundred miles to see him, I could tell something was off…with me. I was in a haze at teen small groups that night. Thursday, he was airlifted to Denver because he kept getting worse. By the time I got home and fell asleep for the night, it was 3 a.m. on Friday. Upon hearing updates on Friday about Grandpa being in tears in ICU, everything finally clicked.
“When you face criticism, the best response isn’t to hide, run away, or quit.” – Brian Berry
Yes, I need to plan. No, I shouldn’t always be on Facebook. And yes, I have learned alongside you this week when it comes to office time. However, too often in my professional ministry I’ve tried to organize and structure myself in an attempt to assassinate my task list. I habitually fall prey to projects outweighing people.