Stress because of Blessings

Since my last post I have taken 5 days of vacation to camp in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in Northern Minnesota, attended/officiated 4 weddings in three different states, helped host a 4th of July party for 25+ people, took two days of vacation to remodel a bathroom and had my daughter and son-in-law in town for 4 days.

Yet, I feel refreshed. I told my wife Terry last Sunday that I was looking forward to going back and do a full week of work, er...ministry. In fact, after reading the first paragraph listing my activities, I surprised myself when I wrote down that I feel refreshed. Why?

I realized that I was able to live out the three "perculator" questions we have had in this blog. They are:

1. In terms of eternity, how important is this?
2. Am I living my life with my bags packed?
3. Do I have an alien/sojourner mindset?

I have realized through these questions to hold onto life, stuff and activities loosely. Knowing that I can't control everything. I realized that a LOT of my stress is a result of blessings. Blessings of family, friends, a home, vacation days, etc.

I saw this past month that spending time with family and friends, intentionally relaxing to visit with my wife or children, taking a leisure stroll and read through several chapters of the Bible in one setting all answer the three "perculator" questions.

I was able to look at conversations with family as important in view of eternity. I realized while canoeing with 4 days of camping supplies what it means to live my life with my bags packed AND what it means to be a sojourner.

I'm reading "Courageous Leadership" by Bill Hybels. Bill never stated this in the book, but this is my summary statement from what I have read so far.

A leader is one who is passionate about ministry and who prioritizes life around that passion.May you see your stresses as a result of blessings and live a life full of passion for what lasts.