You’ve been taking care of others for years. To continue to do it effectively, it’s vital to take great care of yourself.
You became a pastor or church leader because you felt a call to help other people with the greatest need they would ever encounter—to be reconciled to God. Now, after years of giving, serving, encouraging, and counseling, you’re beginning to wonder if you will be able to finish well. Not because of a moral failure or a lack of desire to continue, but because your vigor, stamina, emotional stability, and resilience are being put to the test. You may be obese or thin but, simply put, you’re not very healthy anymore. You’ve put your health on the “back burner” and your physical body has become the ultimate repository of the cumulative stress, inattention, busyness, expectations, and burden-bearing you’ve been doing for years.
You’re tired of feeling like a hypocrite; telling others to find balance in their lives while your own lack of discipline accuses you. In your quiet moments, you wonder if God will still be able to use you effectively if something doesn’t change.
But what can you do? You have no interest in following the culture’s narcissistic pursuit of fitness. And who would understand how to help a pastor who is rarely allowed to be honest about insecurities, barriers, and failures, as well as to be motivated by the gospel?
You’ve been praying for God’s help—even His intervention. Perhaps He’s now asking you to do something.