Always giving in ministry can be draining. You need time to recharge and be refreshed so you don’t run dry. Here are simple ways to do that—try one today!
- Go for a walk with God. Get up out of your chair, put on comfy shoes, and go for a walk. Breathe in the fresh air and let go of stress. While you’re walking, reflect on these words from Psalm 16:8: “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
- See God with you on this walk, right beside you. Talk to him as he is there with you. See God. Take five minutes to think about the past 24 hours. What have you seen God do? Where have you seen God active in your own life? It can be something small or something huge. Take the time to acknowledge that God is alive and working in your life—not just in the lives of famous people or well-known pastors or speakers. Find joy and refreshment by seeing that God is active.
- Meditate on Psalm 23. Read this chapter of the Bible several times over. Let it soak into your heart. Reflect on what it would mean for you to find rest in God. You might want to read this same passage several times a day for a week or more.
- Look to Jesus. Many times in the Bible we see that Jesus took time away. He found a secluded place to pray, to rest, to be away from the demands of others. “Me time” is okay! And remember, it was Jesus who said (in John 16:33), “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” His desire is that we have peace in him. He is more powerful than anything that is depleting us. So find a secluded spot to rest for a while—even half an hour—and ask God to provide peace that will fill your heart.
- Unplug. This may be easier said than done, but there’s no doubt that technology can be overwhelming. Can you turn off your TV, computer, phone, music, and anything else that it commanding your attention even for a few hours today? The verse “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) is relevant for us today. Be still. Be refreshed.