“Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
As pastors, our calling is to be be with Jesus, as his beloved children, rather than slaving away as his hired servants. Our work for Christ must flow from his overwhelming love for us. Otherwise, we’re living in frantic illusion.
Souls require breathing space to be healthy.
Consider these words from veteran pastor, William C. Martin:
If you fill your calendar with important appointments
you will have no time for God.
If you fill your spare time with essential reading
you will starve your soul.
If you fill your mind with worry
about budgets and offerings,
the pains in your chest and the ache in your shoulders
will betray you.
If you try to conform to the expectations
of those around you
you will forever be their slave.
Work a modest day
then step back and rest.
This will keep you close to God.