Someone once said, “I’ll have plenty of time to rest when I get to heaven.” That might be true and not resting just might get you there quicker.
When one pastor was challenged about his sixty-hour work week he said, “Well I’d rather burn out than rust out.”
Me? I’d rather do neither.
Let me ask you a few questions.
- Do you have more than one day off a week?
- Do you work more than forty hours a week?
- Are you out of the house at ministry related things more than two nights a week?
- How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
- Do you observe a personal Sabbath?
- How many weeks a year do you take off for vacation?
- Do you have a consistent and meaningful devotional life?
- How often do you get away along with your spouse?
- On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = lowest) how stressed do you feel?
- On a scale of 1 to 10 how busy do you feel?
- Does your spouse feel you are working too little, too much, just right?
- On a scale of 1 to 10 how much margin is there in your week, your month, your life?
I hope you do get to rest once you get to heaven, but your loved ones don’t want you to get there prematurely. It’s better to neither burn out or rust out. What adjustments could you make in your life to move you towards greater rest? What small thing could you start with?
I can help you become a better pastor in less time.