We need a lot more spiritual pit-stops to run the race
This week, God has been reminding me I’ve never been very good at life balance.
Actually, I suck at it.
When I look at my life over the years, all I see are periods of intense hyper-focus followed by burnout. Sound familiar?
As a new pastor, I know I’m at the start of a very, very long journey, and I’ve got to be training for the marathon it will be.
God is clear that endurance is the critical thing if you really want to glorify God. And flame-out doesn’t say much about the rest and the peace that God is supposed to give you when he lives inside of you. Would you agree?
So all week, I’ve been working on structuring my work, pastoral and personal calendars so that I can pace myself realistically.
What struck me immediately was how little margin I have given myself in my schedule, and I haven’t even started pastoring yet, officially. It freaked me out.
Then I felt God speak to me about the fact that “margin” requires time but it isn’t about time. It’s about filling in the spirit. Pretty obvious, I know.
We treat personal, daily devotional time as the “healthy Christian” requirement, and then we fall right back into thinking that, once we’ve done that, any extra drain we feel can be restored by relaxing (i.e. doing nothing.)
I know I need more than anything to learn to fill-up and top-up spiritually multiple times a day and multiple times a week, in short and long stretches of time.
Now I want my “adventure” to be letting Jesus teach me all the strange and wonderful ways that can happen.
Got any ideas?