At a conference recently, a group of about 20 pastors had a discussion about the Sabbath. We looked at Exodus 20 v8-11 then Deuteronomy 5 v12-15.
Many of the pastors found it hard to take a day off for various reasons but overwork is a killer, both physically and spiritually. For those of us who work in church on a Sunday, this is not our Sabbath, but it is our job to facilitate the congregation to have one. To praise, worship and rest is the Lord should be our top priorities.
The Sunday service in our church is often described as an oasis in a busy week. It is (or should be) the place of refreshment to both body and soul, the place to be equipped and empowered to face the week ahead with its many joys and challenges.
God held a mirror to my face saying ‘so when is your day off Hilary?’ I have such a varied diary that the line between work and pleasure is blurred. My new definition of Sabbath is ‘me and God on our own’ time. I have put DAY OFF on all Fridays in my diary from now on.
If you give out a lot, you have to take in a lot and keep life in balance.
The conference at Hothorpe Hall, Leics (http://www.hothorpe.co.uk) I attended was specifically for tired leaders of all denominations and was a place of refreshing, both physically and spiritually. Check out the website (www.livingleadership.org) to book for the next one. The main speaker next year is Rev David Coffey.
When is your day off?