"I'm exhausted."

"You look exhausted."

It's a familiar word. Exhaustion accurately describes the feeling that usually comes with ministry. At times during my 37 years of ministry, I've wondered, When did it happen? When did exhaustion set in?

When I moved to a new ministry in a new state and met cultural barriers, exhaustion set in. When a former youth pastor of a church I served was accused of child molestation and I, the new pastor, had to deal with the tidal wave of suspicion, fear, and anger, exhaustion set in. Whenever I realized that one more extra effort or hour would not lessen this demand or solve that pressing problem, exhaustion set in.

A lonely place

I began to look to the wisdom of Jesus in order to keep going. I've found the keys to restart an exhausted ministry are in Mark 6:31, "And he said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.' (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even ...

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