By preference and experience, I prefer to work with intentionality–being proactive, not reactive. By situation, I sometimes simply work by triage. Like a doctor in the ER, I take everything (and everyone) who comes through the door, quickly identifying those in critical and/or life threatening situations–and go to work with dispatch. Most of time I am simply stopping the bleeding and patching the holes. Like an ER doctor I try not to deny help to someone who is behaving either stupidly or unwisely. I try to remind them while they are being treated that they should have handled this sooner before it became an emergency. I try to issue a prescription that will bring some immediate relief to the symptoms; but also the counsel to find a healthier pattern for living. That usually means to stop doing things that are harmful and unhealthy, even though they want to do those things. And, as a pastor, I pray for them – for their healing and for their maturing.
People who do triage expend a lot of energy–emotion and physical, and need to take a break or their skills become muted by weariness and their judgment undermined by speed. In my profession, we call that a sabbath. In my case, I am about to take a sabbatical – an extended period for rest, reflection, and renewal.
During that Sabbath, I hope to get back into a rhythm which helps me thrive. It’s the reflective, creative writing that I am privileged to do as a blogger. Two weeks from today that Sabbath begins. Pray I get there in a healthy manner. Enjoy the fruit of my rest when I start wielding again keyboard and mouse.