Holidays are an amazing time to recharge the batteries, and to prepare ourselves for the work ahead. The Schmid family have spent the last 3 weeks on holidays. Some of that time has been spent at home and some of it travelling through the state of Victoria. While this has been a precious time with family, I am ready for and have been eagerly awaiting the start of school this week. I am gad to be back at work and I look forward to what God has in store for us as a church family for the rest of the year. While rest is good and necessary work and routine is also good and necessary.
One of the things that I have come to realise in the time I have been in a ministry, is that ministry is a marathon not a sprint. All of us are in ministry whether it is a full-time paid position or not. We need to pace ourselves or we will not go the distance. Sprinters do well over short distance but they cannot maintain that pace for extended periods. If a sprinter tried to run a marathon at the same pace as a sprint their body would not cope. We constantly need to ask "am I doing too much?" or "am I taking regular time for rest?" We sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that the world will come to an end if we don't keep pushing ourselves and our bodies to the limit. I don't think that kind of attitude is either healthy or biblical. The example of our creator God is that after working to create the world God rested and enjoyed his creation, Jesus regularly took time out away from the crowds. Yes there will always be seasons where much work is needed to complete a task well but there must be balance where we can also catch our breath.
Hebrews 12:1 says:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Let us run the race with endurance also!