I’m about halfway through a three-week vacation from my position as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church. After 5-1/2 years as pastor with no more than two weeks off at any one time (except to have kids!), I started to feel tired, and it was taking more and more to recover. I later learned that psychologists have a name for that concept: “resiliency.”
It’s kind of like some rechargeable batteries – they become less and less able to hold a charge over time. More charging and less powering. I was like that – less able to deal with adversity, less able to recharge, less able to think creatively. I think the real answer will be a sabbatical in 2010, but for now, I’m taking a break, looking at new habits that will help me to be healthy and effective.
I don’t want to be like a worn out laptop battery, and I’m not planning on allowing myself to get so worn down that I can’t do my job.
If you’ve lost your resiliency – especially if you’re a pastor – it’s worth the effort to recover that ability. For me this vacation is different than any other I’ve had. My focus this time isn’t on escaping from my work but on allowing God to renew me, restore me, and transform me.
Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) Jesus clearly states that one can wear his yoke andfind rest for one’s soul. That’s all I’m looking for. 🙂
I’ll let you know how it goes!