- Family/Friends - While Minister’s give 110% to the ministry, often family receives the ‘leftovers’. However, on your next day off, plan on eating all three meals together. Ask your spouse questions about the previous week. Play a board game with your children. If you do not have a family living close to you, spend time with a friend or two at a coffee shop or at a local restaurant. You were created for relationships, not for isolation.
- Go Outside - Throughout the week, Minister’s are caught behind the computer answering emails, researching sermon notes or editing the upcoming sermon. Walking to the car for visitation or a lunch appointment can be the only moments of fresh air Minister’s breathe. So on your next day off, spend at least 30 minutes outside. If it’s cold, bundle up. If it’s raining, grab the umbrella. Check out the benefits of spending time outside: Benefit of Walking in the Woods.
- Unplug - I need thee, Oh I need thee, every hour I need thee. No, I’m not talking about the hymn. I’m talking about how we often feel about our electronic devices. A recent study shows that ‘most people check their smartphones over 150 times a day (Hooked on our Smart Phones).’ I understand that the Minister is ‘always on call’, but even leaving your smartphone on the kitchen counter (with the volume turned up) can in a sense be ‘unplugged’ today. Put the electronic device down for a day.
- Use An Alarm to Wake Up - Many people try to ‘catch up on sleep’ on the weekends by sleeping in. However, research shows that sleeping in on weekends isn’t helpful at all (Sleep Article). So keep your alarm set for the same time and wake up the same time as you do throughout the week. However, feel free to take a 20-30 minute nap.
- Pray - Brian Croft wrote an excellent article about ministry and prayer here: Article Link. Minister’s are extremely busy and prayer often is pushed aside. However, our Lord gave us many examples in the Gospels of the importance of prayer. Don’t neglect prayer, even on your day off. Prayer is not ‘work’. Prayer is a gift from God and an opportunity for us to have fellowship with our Creator.
This is a brief list of ideas you can use to rest on your next day off. Do you have a couple of ideas you would add to the list? No matter how you rest, take time to take care of yourself and in doing so, you will be better equipped to serve the body of Christ.