I now know why so many in the generation before me (okay, mostly men) lost themselves in their 60+ hour church work week leaving their spouses (okay, mostly women) and children to fend for themselves. Didn't Paul AND Jesus warn us about trying to have families in the midst of this ministry thing?
I want to be ahead so that our church musician and associates have plenty of time to prepare their pieces in worship and liturgy can become more creative, rather than typed into the bulletin straight from a book due to time constraints.
I want to pick my head up from the demands of the urgent in order to see the visions and dreams of the future.
I want to visit with folks in the congregation when they're not in the hospital so that I will be a person of trust when crisis comes.
I want to meet consistently with my staff members corporately and individually so that we have a foundation of trust to work together in good times and in bad.
I want to start rebuilding pieces of the foundation of this church's ministry that are missing so that we can make bolder leaps into who it is God is calling us to be.
I want to understand the Treasurer's report. (I get pages 1-4, but 5-6 continue to befuddle me. And I think the Treasurer likes it that way :)
I also want to get to the gym.
I want to continue the process of transforming this new house into a home.
I want to get back in touch with my long, lost friends by phone rather than facebook and twitter and an occassional text.
And most importantly I want to raise and love my son.
i don't want much, really. ::shakes head knowingly::
I realize my wants are right on target with all of us living our lives and our vocations as faithfully as possible. As I've begun the conversation with the leadership of the congregation about the difference between what is important (just about everything) and what are our priorities, I've realized that this is an exercise that could help me in my own mission - personal and professional. I should sit down and figure out what those priorities are.
If only I had the time.