I know that every person who is in ministry feels like they work all the time. Serving in a ministry entails a lot of energy and personal investment. Along with all the personal, hands on ministry and teaching that everyone sees, there are countless hours of hard thankless administrative and preparatory work. If you aren’t careful, you can easily burn out and become emotionally and physically drained.
A couple of years ago I had a friend who introduced me to the idea of implementing finish lines. A finish line is a moment that you designate as quitting time. When you cross the finish line it is a moment of personal Sabbath. You cease from working, thinking about work and talking about work. It can be a time of day every week, or a once a week finish line, but it is important to define when your finish line exists. It is even more important to keep your finish lines every time.
In my life, I have an off day (Friday) that I don’t keep and technically Saturday is not a work day, but I usually find something work related to do on both those days. Usually I am working on a message or some important task, and even though I should honor Friday as a day off, its really hard not to get sucked into work.
But, my finish line is Sunday after Lunch. We often go to lunch with people from Church so that technically still is work because I am still in Pastor mode, but after lunch on Sundays I am done. I can completely rest. I stop thinking about church, I stop thinking about work and I just rest. I can hang out with Tabitha and Bailey and enjoy life.
I encourage you to pick a finish line. Its not an easy thing to do but it is very worth it. Even God took a Sabbath after creating the world. Its a great example of how valuable rest can be. I hope that you too can choose a time and a day where you say, my work is done. Now I can focus on family, fun and God.