Friday night concert. Saturday conference. Sunday rest.
The Friday night concert went well. Attendance was low but the sound and the performance were great. By the end of Friday evening I was exhausted. I slept for a few hours then back to prep for the Saturday conference.
I had a mixed reaction to Saturday’s conference. An awful lot of work with a number of annoyances along the way.
There were a few technology hiccups on Saturday. A projector died during one of the presentations. One of the speakers turned off his wireless mic while we were setting up the cue for a video. Interference noise kicked in and it took us half a minute or so to figure out the source of the noise. Otherwise, the technology held up well. I was really pleased with the sound system. We had a large group from Unionville Alliance on stage, roughly 20 people, and the system had no issues in presenting concert level sound.
I did learn a few things through the experiences of this past week. Like golf, it is sometimes easier for people to talk a good game than to play one.
I was way overcommitted these past few weeks. Given some of what we went through as a family, I’m not sure it was worth the effort and the sacrifice. And, on a personal level, there was little joy in the experience.
I took today off and I upgraded the Pro Tools rig in the studio. During the upgrade activities, I spent time thinking about refocusing my efforts as a volunteer. I’m not sure that my work in this area is making much of a difference. Certainly the effort does not seem to be appreciated.
I’ll give that some careful thought over the week.
Very interesting. I recently resigned from a position in my church because I felt the same way. I feel very valued and appreciated at my job but in regards to serving in our church both my husband and myself did not feel our acts of service were valued or appreciated. I believe that generally when people feel welcomed, wanted, valued and appreciated they freely offer their time, talents, gifts, and resources.
I’ll pray for you!
I remind myself that we are here to serve a higher purpose. There is a need for support and encouragement in ministry. And addressing this need is part of the mandate of leadership.
When this need is not addressed, or when events occur that create tension, it is very easy to become demotivated.
I was not expecting that to happen to me last week.
I think that if you look at your serving in terms of what a difference you’re making, the appreciation you’re receiving or the person reward two things will happen. You are first of all forget that it’s actually God plan and no matter what you’re doing you are still but a small never-the-less important part of a grander scheme, and you will secondly be very disappointed. If it’s any consolation I have always appreciated all the work you do at the church, and I know of more than most.