Thoughts from Your Regional Minister
By Ken Marston, Regional Minister
Published in the June 2021 Kansas Messenger
As I look at my Annual Planning Guide and Calendar, I am struck by a couple of things, one that we are already in June and it does not feel like it was that long ago that we were ringing in the new year. Once again, I am amazed at how fast the days, weeks, and months are passing by.
The next thing I notice is how many of the boxes representing each day of the month have been designated for various causes: June 5 – Nation Trails Day; World Environment Day; June 8 – World Oceans Day; June 15 – Global Wind Day; June – 19 Juneteenth; June 20 – Father’s Day and World Refugee Day. Five designated days – each calling for me to take time to observe something, celebrate something, or remember something or someone. Five designated days, asking me to take time out of an already busy schedule. Five days out of a total of 70 such days for the year. It is almost enough to tempt me to roll my eyes and sigh “Give me a break!”
Now do not misunderstand me. Each of these designated days are trying to promote a cause or purpose I value. But with all that is clamoring for attention and all the changes that are happening it can become a bit overwhelming.
So, what are we to do about this? How do we keep ourselves from being so overwhelmed that we are unable to address any of the things we think are important?
Over the past couple of months, I have been at the Disciples Center at Tawakoni, our camp facilities, for different reasons. Each time I visit the Disciples Center, I am reminded to take time to, “Be still and know…God.” It is a reminder that my life needs to be grounded in God lest I become overwhelmed, and perhaps that is something we all need reminding of.