Pastor Grinch

You may not understand this unless you have been in ministry, but I struggle with relaxing on Saturdays. It is really my only due to relax and unwind, but I’m always thinking about what has to be done next. I posted in several pastor groups today, asking these fellow ministers if they are irritable on Saturdays. Many of them affirmed this. It is not that I pastor a bad group of people. In fact, they are great! The issue is within me, and the simplified answer would be to “chill out”.

There comes a point in each of our lives that we have to become more intentional. Many of us just let things happen rather than tell our schedule how it is going to be. We don’t prioritize exercise, quality time with children or our spouse, proper nutrition, or other things that really matter. I am understanding that I just might be less of a grinch if I scheduled my life in a much better fashion.

Maybe you are reading this and your boundaries are horrible. You and I can change that. We can take charge under the power of the Holy Spirit. Rather than being a miserable grinch who is overextended, let’s resolve for better time management and focus. Then we can sit back and enjoy the abundant life Christ died to give us.

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8 thoughts on “Pastor Grinch

  1. The Lord showed me to prioritize and simplify and it is often a humble exercise in letting God have control rather than us but God rewards such devotion to Him. Good word.

  2. I can totally relate to this, Matt. God is so good that He directed me to your site this morning as I really believe that the Lord is speaking to me about balance and prioritising better. I’d love for you to expand on this area, if you have the opportunity. (No pressure though). Blessings, Hayley 😊

  3. Amen to we can change that!

    “Many of us just let things happen rather than tell our schedule how it is going to be. ” – So true Matt.

    Thanks for sharing what I think is a problem for many, involved in ministry or not. Doesn’t really matter, many suck at managing the time we have been given and prioritizing.

  4. I can certainly relate to the feelings of irritability/restlessness. For me, some of it comes from an honest desire to do all things well for the Kingdom of God. The problems seem to arise when I begin to question over and over what else ‘I’need to do to make things just so. My ego/pride rears its unpleasant head, which makes it hard for me to relax or to simply enjoy life around me. Over time I have recognized this better, but still have a long way to go.
    I agree completely about not allowing our schedule to own us. I love a schedule that includes a list of goals for the day. Again, caution is needed on my part. I must ask: Who’s agenda is this? When I regularly meet with God in prayer, the answer is usually His. When I go off on my own, you can bet that my decisions frequently leave much to be desired.
    Having said this, if I do not take the time to be intentional about my time with my wife and other important folks, she/they can get left out. Bottom line: Balance! If I figure out who to have it all the time I’ll let you know, and hope you will do the same for me!
    Blessings,
    Chuck
    PS: What are some of these pastor groups you mentioned? I would be interested in participating in one or more. Thanks.

  5. I feel your pain because for most of my life I have struggled with “letting go” and simply chill. To non-pastors it may seem strange to say this, but we have to “focus” on relaxing and simply enjoying the day without our usual “stuff” as pastors…Keep focused and enjoy your Saturdays!

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