The idea of “vacation” often conjures up thoughts of trips to faraway lands. While it’s true that big trips can be fun and even refreshing, they can also take a lot of time, energy, and money. A lot of people feel exhausted just thinking about planning a vacation—not just navigating personal commitments and school breaks, but deciding how to delegate major projects or put work on hold, just so they can have a stress-free holiday. Because of this, some might put off their time away, figuring they’ll get to it when their schedule isn’t so demanding, only to discover at the end of the year that they haven’t used up their paid time off.
Many teams are in fact healthy, but experiencing a temporary setback.
A good comparison is the human body. A healthy body will function as it should. All organs and systems are working together as designed.
However, a healthy team doesn’t mean a perfect team.
Competitiveness, combativeness, and complaining do not have a place in your life or in Jesus’ Church. When these rule the Church, health and growth cannot occur. Insecure churches are ineffective churches. Therefore, set aside the competitiveness, combativeness, and complaining, and focus on taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and making disciples of all nations.
Do not forget: The Lord is with you.
While it may not be easy, leaders need to get clear about what is life-giving for them, and then they need to prioritize this on their calendars. I’m not suggesting that leadership should always be fun and life-giving or that you shouldn’t spend time on administrative tasks. But if you’re not experiencing joy in some parts of your ministry, it won’t be life-giving for others and it may not be long before you leave ministry altogether.
God is providing us a humble, grace-filled, and powerful way to redeem our time—margin. It’s the antidote to our overwhelmed souls. It’s that space that exists between our normal load and our outer limits. Margin is our breathing room. It’s the place where our souls camp between the weary and worn out, where we rest and connect with our Creator. We spend time with Him, so He can pour into us, and only then can we pour out.