Ministry involves a lot of building -- building a community of faith, building programs to serve people, and even building and maintaining physical buildings. We typically plunge ahead into that work, doing everything that seems good because we are ostensibly doing it for God. We think that a high level of activity and productivity is what God expects from us, so we work harder and go faster from Sunday to Sunday, program to program, and mission to mission. The result is often a deep and pervasive sense of cathedral fatigue. We want to do a lot of things for God, but here is the question: Have we bothered to ask God what God wants us to do?...
Someone once said that if
you want to make God laugh, tell God your plans. God must get a kick out of all
the grandiose plans we make for our lives and for our churches. We are so busy
making plans for God that we often fail to listen for the plans that God is
making for us. In many ways, prayer is more important than productivity. That is the cure for cathedral fatigue.
-- Robert Kaylor in Come to the Manger