It's Okay to Take Time for Yourself
Find a hobby that brings you peace and pursue it.
When I became a “Senior Pastor” I fell head first into the lie of “You have to be available at all times for whatever may happen.” I actually had church members tell me “Now you know that when you go on vacation you have to come back if something happens.” How can I relax on vacation and enjoy time off with my family when I’m reminded every time I go on vacation that I’ll have to come back? So I missed trips to the beach and to the lake, I neglected my family for the sake of the “church”. And I truly believed that this is what God wanted. And years later we have payed the price, maybe one day I’ll sit down and write about that. I’m sure there are plenty of pastors who resonate with what I am saying.
Pastors, find a hobby and pursue it. Do not neglect your own soul at the expense of someone who does not and will not care about you. I have recently taken up photography. I love to sit outside and just breathe in the beauty of God’s creation and photograph it. I do it because it brings me peace. I do it because I have time to pray for others, to meditate on the upcoming message, to listen to my Bible app. I love that I can sit there and confess my sin before God. I pray for our church, the spiritual health of our church. It uplifts me to be able to sit in peace and do that.
I love aerial photography, basically anything that comes across my little slice of sky I will photograph it. My favorite but also the hardest is a helicopter, because they are moving!
As you can see, they are hard to photograph. So pastors, please stop bending over backwards for abusive church members. Find a hobby that brings you peace and pursue it, take your vacation and turn your phone off. I mean, deacons have to do something right?
Remember: you cannot heal the sick or raise the dead… only televangelists can do that… So make sure to take the time off that you deserve.