Burnout comes not primarily from doing too much,
but from doing what we don’t really want to do –
so that one foot is moving forward
and the other foot is trying to run away.”
Dennis Linn – Sleeping with Bread, p.13
The trouble is finding ways to do what you want when you have others pulling you in other directions. I don’t know if I picked this up from Duke and the pastoral books I read there, but I seem to get the impression one defined ministry by doing what you don’t want to do. It seemed very much on the ‘negative’ side of Wesley’s Covenant prayer, forgetting that sometimes God calls us to do things that are very much in line with our natural inclinations.