Even Servants Need A Break
During the holiday season, many of us take a break from work to ensure that we are relaxed and refreshed going into the new year. It’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your goals for the upcoming year. Some may take a few days, and some may need a little longer, so they may take a sabbatical. The same time away applies to church volunteers. Now and then, those involved in ministry work may need to take a break from serving. Unfortunately, most Christians feel guilty for wanting to take some time to themselves. No one said you had to give up on ministry altogether, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a moment to catch your breath while you try to balance everything else going on in your life. A sabbatical from serving will give you time to renew and refocus yourself before you jump back into ministry. It can leave you refreshed and ready to get back to God’s business.
Some may ask, “How do I know I need a break from serving?”, well, there are some tell-tale signs that you may need a break.
Suppose you find yourself in a spiritual drought. Meaning that you feel that you lack the passion, growth, and excitement that come with leading a ministry. Trying to do the Lord’s work when you are spiritually depleted will inevitably lead to burnout.
Suppose you find yourself trying to avoid people at church, hoping that you will go unnoticed. This can lead to negative feelings about the church itself when it’s supposed to be a place to be fed and uplifted.
Often when you are good at what you do, you are asked to serve in many areas of the church. It might be a good time to take a break or pick one or two ministries where your talents are best utilized.
If your focus shifts from serving people to just making sure that the job gets done, you may have lost your passion for it.
There is nothing wrong with communicating with your leadership that you may need to take some time away to come back energized and ready to do the Lord’s work. Take the time you need to away from the ministry while still attending the services; this will help you replenish and provide you with some clarity. When you are ready, you can hop right back into serving.
Missions of Success encourages you to take the time you need to reestablish your connection with God. Connect with us today if you need help reenergizing your spiritual commitments at firstname.lastname@example.org.