Proverbs 15:13 – A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine.
God loves to see his children happy. He delights in their smiles, giggles, belly laughs and tear-filled-gut-hurting-sidesplitting snickers of all kinds. As I’ve written before, just as important as good work is good play. One great benefit of community is the ability to gather together and enjoy each others company in more ways than just the service they provide.
As a person with two jobs, this time spent ‘goofing off’ (for lack of a better term) as become even more important to me. As the long hours of two jobs drag on and the challenges of ministry continue, it’s easy to settle into a “I must work”mentality. I can always think of some task to be done, a project to be completed, a blog post (or sermon) to be written, a person to be called/visited, a book to be read or a presentation to be developed. All too often, I fall victim to this mindest. However tired I might be, the prospect of waiting, resting and relaxing just doesn’t seem plausible so I press on.
Tonight, I was reminded why it is so important to take those moments of rest and rejuvenation. Having put off some church work yesterday, I knew what ‘must’ be done tonight but after a long day of work I just couldn’t find the strength to go down to my office and get it done.
I’m glad I didn’t.
Instead, relaxing upstairs with my family, I got to experience this moment:
Suddenly the pressures, stresses and tiredness I had melted away. I was (again) reminded that to be a good pastor means first and foremost being a good husband and father. I was there with my family for that moment. Being a good husband, father and pastor also means regularly taking time to stop and rest. Though I still hold sacred my day off as a time to rejuvenate and refresh myself, that one day in itself isn’t enough. I need to regularly be taking time throughout the week and this moment shows why.
Leadership Principle: Take time to regularly rest and relax, not only with your leadership team, but in the private moments of your own life. You are only as good of a leader as the health of your own soul. Take time to rest, relax and enjoy the small moments of life in all their fullness and God given glory.