Todd Rhodes had some good reflections on healthy rhythms of a pastor. Simple yet wise words.
1. Let God restore your soul daily.
- Psalm 23. Matthew 11:28.
- Worship. Prayer. Solitude. Listening. Bible reading.
2. Give your marriage priority attention.
- A bad marriage ruins the rest of life. (Remember the Proverbs.)
- A good marriage fortifies you for the rest of life.
- Is your home a tunnel of chaos or an oasis of rest?
3. Work with your personal rhythms.
- For me: start early, try and leave early.
- Creative work in the mornings.
- Between 4-7 p.m.: not my best time for mental focus.
4. Keep your Sabbath rest.
- A principle of creation: rest one day in seven.
- Sabbath is a day to pray and play.
5. Do the things only you can do – and delegate the rest.
- Be ruthless in simplifying your work.
- Empower others!
- Take some time now to save much time later.
6. Focus on results, not time at work.
- The point is not to clock your time but to get things done.
- Focus on your highest impact activities.
- Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.
7. Get regular exercise.
- For me: weight lift and cardio 4-5 times per week
- If you are healthier and fit, you can work harder and you will last longer.
- Exercise is a huge stress reliever.
8. Ask for help.
- Secrets are dangerous.
- Need help? In the last 18 months, has a trusted person told you, “I think you need to talk to somebody about that.” If the answer is yes, get help.
- Every prominent Christian leader and pastor I know, regularly visits a counselor. It is okay to ask for help.
9. Let God heal your anger.
- Ask God to show you … heal you.
- Ask a close friend if you seem angry.
- Consider: Elder prayer, counseling, talking with an insightful friend.
10. Don’t be crushed by criticism.
- Consider the source.
- Be willing to receive criticism from trustworthy people – people who are for you, who are insightful, who are not negative.
- Consider if you are a pleaser. Galatians 1:10