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More than 70 percent of pastors say they work between 55 to 75 hours every single week.
Those numbers may not surprise you. But they should.
People - Ministry - Week - Purpose—and - Purpose
Just like all the people you serve in ministry every week, you were created for a specific purpose—and that purpose isn’t fulfilled simply through activity and busyness. You might think those late nights hunched over your computer and all those times you’ve skipped family meals are helping you fulfill your unique purpose.
But your purpose is more than what you do on Sunday mornings. It’s more than what you do in meetings and hospital visits. Those activities may helpyou fulfill your purpose, but they must not define your purpose.
Pastor - Person - Something - Pressures - Others
Every pastor, just like every person, is driven by something. Many are driven by the pressures around them. Others are driven by responding to crises in their midst—and there are plenty of those, right? Some pastors are driven by the expectations of those they lead.
But God wants something more from us. He wants us to live purpose driven lives. You can’t lead others to make the most of their lives if you’re not doing it. Just because you’re doing the activities of ministry doesn’t mean you’re pursuing your unique calling in life.
Often, our unique calling gets drowned out by random activity.
Consider what the apostle Paul shared with Timothy, a young pastor in his day, and his church in Ephesus. “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as [people] who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time”(Ephesians 5:15-16 PHILLIPS).
God - Use - Time - Ways - Everything
God expects us to make use of our time in ways that help us achieve what he has called us to do. Too often, though, we do everything but what really matters most.
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