Some Down-Time Needed for up-Time!


1986-June 12- JOURNAL ENTRY_Marilyn and I sat at our Thursday morning (day off) McDonald’s table, eating our Dunkin Donut (coffee from McDonalds).  I confessed my weariness. . . .so tired . . . too many people constantly wanting counsel and advice.  Pastors and wives trying to save marriages to the usual daily pastoral responsibilities.  The sick, the dying, those in trouble with the law and the Lord!

Marilyn began reading I Tim. 2, our morning devotions, “and for this I was appointed a preacher.”  Then she read from II Tim. 2, “You therefore my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus . . . suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”  Exactly what I needed.  Tears came as I tried to read the printed page, just then one of our prayer partners knocked on the window as she stopped by on her way to pick up breakfast in the drive through.  What timing, Lord!  Your love is enormous!

2010-March 25-REFLECTION~ -Later, I needed some down time, when a change in pace does wonders.  I spent at least two hours cleaning out the garage, read a book totally unrelated to ministry and slept for an hour.  Marilyn made fresh shortcake and our daughter and one year old granddaughter brought the berries, sitting down to eat with us to laugh and enjoy one another.

Taking a day a week for change in pace can help prevent “burn out” and bring renewal.  That combined with daily time in the Word and prayer with the living Christ always makes the difference.  I recently read this definition. “Burn out is when one loses their enthusiasm, passion and innocence.”  What did they mean by innocence?

When we are young our energy seems boundless, our days and nights run together and our plans endless.  Then we grow tired.  People fail us, our health may break, plans turn to ashes, and a after a decade or two, nothing looks the same.   If we are not careful, cynicism sets in.  We need continual refreshment for our spirit and our body.  Lest we forget,   Jesus’ promises are new every morning.

“No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their face.”  Prov. 24 (The Message)

Blessings- bob and marilyn yawberg-SAYING YES TO GOD- Vol. XI #3

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