A Day Off?
This Sunday was two awesome church holiday’s rolled into one. It was laity Sunday and Pastor’s Appreciation Sunday. which means I didn’t preach and there is no podcast this week.
My church decided to show their appreciation for me by taking over the service. They took over the entire shin-dig.
I got to sit with my wife and children and I got to worship God.
Now, I normally worship but I end up leading worship, this was worship I wasn’t in charge of and it is a true blessing.
So when do you take a day off? When do you get to relax? I recently spoke with two different pastors struggling with time off.
- The first pastor told me he gets one day off per week and spends over half of it thinking about church stuff.
- The second pastor told me he was so busy with church work that the only way to save time was to download his sermons on Saturday nights.
Both of these pastors need some serious prayer because they have both bought into the lie that the church will die without them at every event, meeting, and decision. They have bought into the lie that they are more important than they really are.
And right now, it may not hurt anything but it will eventually destroy their church, family, and their own soul. This refusal to relax will make you bitter, tired, and angry with everyone including God.
As a pastor you are called to point people to the savior of the world. That means you are not the savior of the world. Pastor’s begin to believe this and forget how to say no. We forget to tell people “That ain’t my job” or “you need professional help.”
So, if you are a pastor and you need a break take one.
So, if you are laity, appreciate your pastor and make sure they are taking a day off.