Reading the gospels it strikes me afresh that Jesus upset a lot of people and not just the religious ones. We read how everyone clamoured to see him, to be taught or healed by Him and to have their needs addressed. He sends both individuals and the crowds away, at times, seeming positively rude to people. I wonder how those Jesus chose not to spend time with felt? For me, being ill in the last few weeks has given me the chance to reflect. Am I doing only what the Father tells me to do or have I fallen into the Pastor's trap of trying to please everyone? I've lost count of the number of people who have said to me 'you need to slow down'. This, I agree, is what I need to do; but what do I stop doing? Who will pick up the things that need to be done? How will you feel when I say sorry, I am not coming to your event? The problem is, in most churches, everyone wants the pastor at their event; it legitimises it somehow. It says 'my event is important, not forgotten'. Yet if God has called us to our activity and our motivation is to serve Him and his purposes, how much should it matter if people notice what we do? As I, with the deacons attempt to look at how I might 'slow down', do pray for us that we might know not only what I should be doing, but which responsibilities God would have each of us take up in our church.