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So…What’s your system?
If you work in ministry like me…Sunday’s always coming, someone is getting married, or someone hurting needs your attention.
You can always rationalize not taking care of yourself in Ministry.
The truth is, I used to rationalize it away in education…I’m sure you can rationalize it away in business. It’s a problem for all of us.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SYSTEM…YOU WILL NEVER TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
I think scripture is clear…Jesus made time for himself. Do you think he really needed to? Do you think it might have been some modeling for us? Who knows…The text doesn’t say…He did.
Also…Sabbath was important…It was commanded! Pete Scazzero, in Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, compared Sabbath to snow days.
Do you remember how it felt on a snow day and you couldn’t do anything? God has built 52 snow days a year into our lives.
Here’s my system right now.
1. My family and I Sabbath from dinner on Friday until dinner on Saturday…though I’ve been known to extend it into a movie night with my wife on Saturday. That gives us time to prepare on Friday and me time to prepare Saturday night if I’m speaking or something else is going down on Sunday.
2. I calendar my morning time. My calendar actual says “Morning Ritual.” I get to work early and do my “me” time. That includes seminary work (I know your not supposed to do that but the truth is I’m a learner…it is refreshing to me), my personal reading, Bible Study, or listening to messages or leadership talks. I’m half as effective during the day if I don’t get this time. I don’t let my professional calendar creep into this time (most of the time).
3. I calendar weekly lunches with some great people. I try to have one lunch with someone who will challenge me in different ways. These are great men in my life that I have invited to regular 1-on-1 community. This is refreshing to me so I consider it both me-time and business.
4. Quarterly I schedule an “unplanned day.” I borrow the keys to someone’s lake house or mountain cabin and get away with NO PLAN. I take a book, the Bible, and paper and a pen. NO COMPUTER. I bring enough food to be sure I have nowhere to go for 8 hours. I need one of these very soon.
5. Yearly I go on vacation. These are far from restful with three little kids but (the best I can) I don’t think about work, seminary, blogging, or anything else like that. It’s not that I don’t love all those things…I just need to get away.