I was having a casual conversation with a friend recently who suggested that I teach a course on "How to Get a Lot of Stuff Done." I laughed. She was serious.
I really began to think about how I have been an avid overachiever for years. I was always active in the performing arts and in the community. In High School, I was the choir director, student drama leader, cheerleading captain, piano student, honor roll student, and very active in my local church. It was not something I thought about, I was driven.
While in college, not only did I work and remain active in my community, I graduated from USC with a double major! Did I experience burnout? Yes! Immediately after graduation, I decided to take it easy. THAT did not last long.
Now, I am a Wife, Mother, Pastor, Author, Artistic Director, Professional Trainer and International Speaker. As a result, I have had to implement a team support model to get things done. Taking responsibility for large numbers of people requires a new level of organization. Always thinking forward, I have to have a team of competent, self-motivated staff members who understand my calling and are open to being developed into their own.
How do I do all of this? Only by the grace of God. If I actually stopped and thought about all that I am responsible for, I would probably fire myself from a few of these positions. In those times that I feel overwhelmed or ready to throw in the towel, I am reminded that "To whom much is given, much is required."