I was talking to another staff member’s wife and they had only been in ministry a few months. They were exhausted. Spent.

She said to me: I remember your husband saying something to mine about how we need to whittle down what he is to accomplish in the first few months and not try to do it all. Well, those
words are now being heard. We need a vacation. We’re exhausted and we don’t
have the finances to get away. How do you do it? We need to have time together.

The whirlwind of starting ministry and getting to do what you have always wanted to focus on is so big in the beginning. But, you have to come to the point where you realize that
everything you touch in ministry could use more. It leads to more things you
see that you could do. Worthwhile things. There is always more to do. But you can’t do it all, and you can’t do it all right now.

We have lived the ministry life enough years to try to protect our schedule during specific times of the year, etc. I have often stated that it is an endurance race.

How do you explain how to live this life to a new ministry family?

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