“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11
I’m a self-professed work-a-holic. I enjoy my work and when I enjoy something, I put everything into it. I would work 12-14 hours/day and 7 days a week if I’m not careful. After all, the work that I do is important. It’s Kingdom work, right? However, I must remember that it’s not all up to me to do.
I believe this is why it’s been said that 90% of the work and financial giving to a church is done by 20% of the people. I know people who work, work, work and before anyone realizes it, they are burned out. We put people who are on fire for God on every committee, every team, baking all the cakes, and working the nursery. Let’s ask ________ to do that. He/she never says no. It doesn’t take long until they are not on fire but burned out.
We all need a break and contrary to what we may think, it’s not going to fall apart without us. If it does, we built it upon ourselves and not God. We must practice following in the footsteps of Jesus who “got away from the crowds to pray.” We need that time and without it we become useless. So, I encourage you to take some time for just you and God. Slow down and take a breath. You’ll be more productive and excited about your ministry.
Here are some pictures from my long weekend with my family: