Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Calgon, take me away!

Mark 6:30-31

     The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and what they had taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.”

     Later this afternoon, I will be leaving to attend a Women’s Conference for a few days. The title of this conference is “Save the Hero.” I know that may sound like an odd title, but it refers to the fact that we all need to take a needed rest and sabbatical every now and then in order to preserve, renew and restore ourselves. If not, we’re no good to our family, friends or ministry.

     Even Jesus took intimate, private time alone with his disciples because he not only needed it for himself, but he understood that burn-out could be the outcome of uninterrupted ministry. I also believe he was trying to teach his disciples a valuable lesson; one they could reflect upon and draw from, long after he was gone.

     When you and I are able to steal away from the busyness of life and ministry for a few days, where we can gather together with others of like faith and receive refreshment, renewal, encouragement, prayer, fresh ideas and inspiration from the Word, we come home a new, energized person ready to tackle the world.

     Sometimes, as women, we allow guilt to rob us of investing in ourselves and our ministry. If Jesus himself felt that it was important for his own life, how much more do we need it? Let’s not allow others to dictate what we need and don’t need. We ALL need time away every now and then. Often times, our spiritual life hangs in the balance and we’re too prideful or fearful to expose the truth to others out of fear of judgment. When in reality, if we would just admit that we’re weak and tired and in need of a fresh touch from God, we would end up being used more effectively for the Kingdom of God, rather than burning out and possibly giving up on God all together.

     Today, I admit to you that I’m tired and weak and in need of a fresh touch from God. So, I’ll see you in a few days!

     Are you in need of rest and renewal? Have you ever considered investing in yourself and your ministry? Check out some conference options, whether it has to do with your ministry, marriage, family or just simply for yourself. Understand that God thinks you’re worth it. “Save the Hero!”

Have a great day!


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