“The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. ” Mark 6:30-31
Jesus sent the disciples out to proclaim that people should repent. They also cast out demons, and anointed and healed the sick. They were busy doing important things for others. However, when they returned, Jesus knew that they also needed to take care of themselves. They were worn out and the crowds around them were barely allowing them time to eat! Jesus told them it was okay to take a break.
All of us sometimes need a break from ministry, as well. I grew up in a home where the worst sin was being lazy, so I tend to overdo and over schedule myself. I know there are many other people like me, especially in the church. We are so intent upon doing a good job for the benefit of others, that we neglect ourselves. This isn’t good stewardship. We need to eat right; we need to get enough sleep and exercise; we need to take some time to relax. In fact, if we don’t do these things, we may burn out and find ourselves unable to do anything. That’s not what God wants.
We need to maintain our own health and well being so that we can do our best for God and others. Here’s how Robert Fulghum describes it in his book, All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten :
Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
Are you maintaining your balance?