I’ll never forget early on in ministry when a mentor of my husbands asked him if he had a “red dot day”? That definitely piqued his interest! It was described as a planned day off each week with no phones, no electronics, and time as a family.
When you are a pastor’s family, this is so hard and almost impossible at times, isn’t it? However, it is NEEDED and should definitely happen on a regular basis.
For most of our entire ministry (so far), we’ve tried to take the day off on Mondays. When he was a youth pastor, his day off was Thursday (because Wednesday’s were his busiest day). And right now with all of the Covid19 crisis going on, it’s now on Fridays. Flexibility is key!
Here are some things taking a day off has taught us…
1. It renews our minds and bodies.
2. We are more tired than we think we are.
3. We need to slow down and smell the roses.
4. Our children need us and will cherish those memories.
5. Rest is undervalued in our society.
6. It can strengthen our marriage.
7. We learn to re-evaluate our priorities.
8. It helps us have more energy for our church family and community.
9. It reminds us that we still need to be flexible because sometimes the best laid plans go awry.
10. Burnout is REAL.
11. That only Jesus is the true source of our happiness and contentment.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
What about you? Do you have a “red dot day”?
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