After over 20 years of ministry I continue to learn that serving the Lord in any capacity requires spiritual, emotional and physical strength and endurance. Spiritual labor makes serious demands on us. Three years doing church consulting in the Northeast and then church planting took a heavy toll on me in all three areas. Yes it was fun, exciting and rewarding but the demands were high. WIN and serving as the Executive Director of the church was very full time. In additon to the norm I also lost my father in 2007. Not being in driving distance during his last few months was difficult. I am convinced that God used 3 things to keep me going in a demanding season of ministry. They are:
- Consistent devotional life (prayer & in Word apart from Bible study prep)
- Consistent family time
- Consistent day off
But there is a 4th area that I neglected which is diet and exercise. To serve Jesus well we must be as diligent in this area as the other three. This month Todd and I made a decision to eat healthier and get in shape. We have cut out processed food, unhealthy fats, sugar, white flour, soda, fried foods and high fat dairy. I’m not saying we will never eat fried okra or fresh peach cobbler again but we are going to get our unhealthy weight off and make better choices so that we can labor for a lifetime.
Even when you feel good it is still important to take time off. This means a regular off day each week in addition to a vacation a couple times per year. In one hour we leave for a vacation week in Virginia. Someone in the church blessed us with a week at his resort condo. We accepted. As much as I enjoy blogging I will be unplugged while we are out of town. My husband and children appreciate my undivided attention so they will have it. Expect it will be okay to post cell phone pics on facebook every now and then. You can also follow me on twitter @DuAnneSeeley.
What do you do to unwind?