Sometimes we forget that the Sabbath is not just meant to be a day of worship. It's supposed to be a day of rest, too. Most pastors get a lot of the first, but not enough of the second
I know, time off to do something fun may seem like the impossible dream, especially if you're bivocational. But that's why it's even more important for you to do.
Working one job without regular breaks is hard. Working two jobs without regular breaks will break you. Especially when one of them is pastoring.
It's Time to Find the Fun
So pastor, what do you do for fun?
If you don't do anything, make it a priority to start. Even if you have to do what I did and find something you don't even know you like.
Your family will thank you. Because it will help you be a better spouse and parent.
Your body will thank you. Because it will help you get and stay healthier.
Your church will thank you. Because you'll come back a better pastor.
And God will be honored. Because you'll be honoring him with a Sabbath rest.
Think about that. When we take a break, we get to honor God, our church, our family and our own physical bodies – and have fun doing it!
I'd write more about this, but I've got to put on my hiking shoes. Grand Canyon is calling.
Copyright © 2015 by the author or Christianity Today/Leadership Journal.
Click here to read our guidelines concerning reprint permissions.