Remember the Sabbath

Sometimes, as busy pastors and leaders we think, “I’ve got so much to do I just can’t take a Sabbath.” NO, that’s very wrong thinking. You’ll kill yourself. For years I’ve had a plan for taking my Sabbath. Sometimes I found that I wasn’t able to take a whole day off all at once, in one nice neat package, so then I’d take snip-its of Sabbaths. I’d take an afternoon here and a morning somewhere else, but basically one day out of seven I’d desist—it might be an afternoon here and a morning there, but it would total one day a week. Then I’d also take off every seventh weekend. I’d be out of the pulpit. The seventh week I’d be gone; I’d take a break. I’d take my wife and we’d go to another island. Anna and I like to go to another island to rest for about three days. So if you’re working just see if you can take a weekend off every seventh week so you can get away for three days. Just plan it. If you don’t it won’t happen. Take vacation time or what ever you have to do but take Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Get someone else to speak.

Although things have now shifted somewhat for me in this season of my life the basic principles are the same. When I was away on my Sabbath, I would have one of my assistants speak because they have the same DNA, and the same heart. If I brought in a “big gun” and they pushed their passion, then the church was drawn toward their mission venture or latest project—not that they were bad projects, just not necessarily where God was leading us as a church. So I’d usually have my assistants speak, unless I knew that the outside person had our DNA and our heart. That would keep us on target. As pastors, we’ve got to really be careful about who we allow in our pulpits.

So even when I’d get someone else in to speak, I’d make sure that the guys on my fractal were all on deck keeping things on target. Then I could take the three days off and rest knowing that everything was okay. When I’d come back Tuesday I was ready to go again.

If you break the principle of the Sabbath, you’ll get tired, and you’ll feel like you’ve got too much to do. It’s not that you have too much to do; it’s just that you don’t have the energy to do what you need to do.

The above article by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro is a repost from the Mentoring Leaders storehouse. 

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