So many people complain about their jobs. I have even been guilty of this, but why do we do it? We didn’t start out complaining. We certainly did not go into the interview saying,
“I really hate it here, but pay me anyway.”
Generally speaking, we apply for a job, hoping to get a job offer. We are even excited to get started. Then, somewhere along the way we run out of steam. We want to get away. We want to quit.
Some think that ministerial work is somehow different, but it is not.
On this day of relaxation, after so many of us attended church, I remind you that people in paid ministry have the same problems. Pastors, nursery workers, media directors and secretaries all get tired and frustrated; just like everyone else.
Some of you are, even now, visiting someone in the hospital, helping a person through loss, or handling another aspect of ministry in preparation for Wednesday or next Sunday wondering when, or if you will get any rest.
You chose ministerial work because you had a dream, desire and passion to serve God. What you didn’t realize was that you would have to work with and for people. Nor did you realize that working in ministry was so different than your expectations.
It was shocking to realize church people have the same hang ups and failings as those in the work world.
For some reason, when you went to work in the church, you assumed everything would be perfect, everyone would love you and everyday would be heaven on Earth.
So many in church ministry burn out or drop out, partly because their expectations were vastly different than reality. Others don’t make it because they don’t take enough time off.
Whether or not you are in church ministry, you need time away from work, to rest and refresh. You need time away so you have something to give back to your company, church and people you serve.
You need time away, in peace and quiet, so you can hear God’s voice and know whether or not it is time to move on. Don’t let the realizations and realities kill your dream or your calling. Let God refresh and move you into areas of service where you will excel.
In Jesus’ example, we see several circumstances when He clearly needed and sought after rest.
In Mark 1:35, “He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”
Also in Mark 6:46, “And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.”
And in Mark 7:24, “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.”
Later, after healing a deaf man, in verse 36 …”He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.”
You have taken on the burdens of your congregation.
You care, pray, teach, help and serve. Yet, you don’t take time for yourself and your family. That is where you fail! You have to receive to give.
You need time alone with God. You also need time with your family, away from work and the day-to-day grind.
God needs you. The world needs you.
Don’t loose the love of your work.
Be refreshed and labor in love!
Blessings to you all,
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