Pastors tend to be workaholics. But this is the road to burn-out. Please set a day of the week that is your “day off”. Tell your board that it’s your day off and post this anywhere possible, such as in your bulletin. Take care of yourself first. This is the policy laid out in an emergency situation. Always take care of yourself first, so that you are able to care for others.
It’s not always feasible to keep to the plan but do the very best you can.
It seems that many times surgeries get scheduled on Monday morning so you are up and going to be with your church member. When this happens, be sure to take another day as your day of rest.
The church will not appreciate you anymore for doing it. They probably won’t even notice that you are working 24/7 for them. Please, take time to rest. God has commanded it. And your family needs you, too.
Let me suggest to you these two books …..
- The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
This is a must-read. I have written a review here.
I have not read this one, but it comes highly recommended by others.
We’ll be talking about this more in the future. For now, Just take some time off. Read a book. Play with your kids. Go on a date with your spouse.
Resting in Him!