Then Jesus Said, Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile. He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and His apostles didn’t even have time to eat (Mark 6:31 – NLT).
My vacation has only just begun and it’s already made a difference! We all need the relaxation and rest that comes from taking time away from the normal routines of life.
Our culture does not value rest as it should. And I am a “delivered” workaholic! Twenty years ago I was not able to take a vacation and enjoy it because my sense of personal value was all tied up in performance and works. I would become agitated and upset just a few days into a vacation back then.
Now I am settled in who Jesus is to me, and I know that He loves me, not based on my performance, but based on the fact that I am a human being made in His image. And I’m able to take a break from normal routine without that deep seated feeling of agitation and the need to be doing something.
Paul held a pastor’s conference in Ephesus in Acts 20 and admonished the pastors to take heed to themselves and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit made them overseers. There’s a lot of wisdom there.
Before a pastor can really help others, he must take care of himself spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and in his personal relationships with his family.
So I’ll miss the flock! But I know that if I’m going to continue to be an effective pastor I must do as Jesus told the disciples and come away and rest awhile.
I’ll continue my blog during vacation though. I enjoy staying connected with you.