Today we're off for a few days' peace and quiet (sort of, five kids, you imagine the scene...). We've been flat out since the end of August and the charge to Christmas is always exhausting, so we need to use these days to go a bit more slowly. I'll have to take my ThM studies on my travels, but they're always a bit of light relief from the pressures of ministry!
It's not only me who's worn down. My motorbike tyres need replacing. I'm always keen to save my pennies, but you can't compromise quality with bike tyres, so I'll be choosing carefully. Bikes, like marriages, families and souls, need looking after. Let them wear down and you'll only have yourself to blame if you wipeout.
And next week I'm prioritising soul-care. I'm taking two days out to be completely on my own(something I try to do each six months). I'll take my Bible, an ipod with some sermons on and a favourite Puritan author and head off to a cottage. I need to hear the Lord speak to me, and I need to talk to Him. These are always thrilling and enriching times and charge me up again for Christian living and ministry.