“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” – Matthew 14:22-23, NIV

As pastors and leaders, we deal with many things within the ministry. Ministry is rewarding in many ways but can also very challenging.

 

We need to practice the art of self-care.

 

There’s a condition called compassion fatigue. It’s common for people who are gifted with mercy or are highly empathetic.” I  encourage those in caring professions to schedule time away. This is what Jesus often did in the New Testament.

After feeding five thousand, he withdrew to the mountains.

 

If Jesus needed space to process and decompress, so do we.”

 

Pastors, I know you love serving others. I know that you love pouring into them. Please remember, however, that you need the space and grace to deal with your own feelings. Be intentional about setting aside time to retreat and pray. While you are at it, pray and ask the Lord to show you when you need to set firm boundaries to guard your heart on a daily basis.

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