We’ve added a new blog to our Disciples blogroll – “Ponderings,” written by Rev. John Park Winkler, a graduate of Georgia Tech and Lexington Theological Seminary who recently finished an interim ministry position in Ankeny, Iowa.

I like this entry from John’s blog, from last year. It’s an interesting reminder in this time of ‘doing less’ (Lent) that maybe what we really need is to do more – of what we’re passionate about.

Years ago, Dr. Dwight Stevenson, Dean at Lexington Theological Seminary, suggested to the seminary students a very simple solution to the problem of burnout. His solution was paradoxical and counter –intuitive. Nevertheless, it works.

“When you feel overwhelmed and it seems like you will never be able to get out from under the stress,” he said, “begin a brand new activity. make it something that you are interested in and have a passion but for doing and can do for the joy of the activity. Adding it to your schedule, will give you the energy and motivation you need to accomplish the important things that are making you feel overwhelmed.” Read more here…