A Costly Week

conference queueI’m energized.  I’m wiped out.  I desperately want to retreat and sleep.  I can’t wait to be in the midst of everything.  Encouragement seeps in as frustration tries to push it out of the way.  I want to be everywhere at once while yearning for a break.  It must be Renewal Conference.

Every year WorldVenture holds an annual conference for workers on Stateside assignment for the year.  Combine them with invited guests, Stateside staff, midtermers, Journey Corps participants, and some retirees and you’ll come up with around 135 people in town for Renewal Conference.  My department and the International ministries department coordinate to make this event happen regularly.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s a pretty incredible event.  It’s kind of like being at a family reunion with some potential future family members thrown into the mix.  Pretty great stuff.

We kick off the week with a two day prayer summit.  Today was day one.  I only made it half way through the day as a mentally engaged pray-er.  By the time we reached lunch I was every oxymoron in the first paragraph plus a few more.  Knowing I still had another 8 hours of interactions with people was daunting at lunch time.  I used the opportunity to practice a little self-care.

I cut out of lunch a little early and made a Starbucks run.  Frou frou coffee to the rescue!  I also gave myself permission to get away from the corporate prayer times for a while.  I took my self to a semi-secluded area and engaged a different set of inputs and problems.  I gave my eyes a rest from the tears that constantly escaped during the last hour or so of pre-lunch prayer.

The result?  A much more social me in the evening.  A higher level of concentration when listening to people I really, really want to hear.  A more alert me for the drive home.

This is an enjoyably tough week for me.  I love the people I get to work with.  I relish the moments when I get to connect with my friends I rarely see.  Being reminded of Big T Truth through scripture, prayer, and song is priceless.  The week comes with a price though.  It’s one I’m more than willing to pay.

What’s going on with you this week?

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