It has become a running joke for those who know Jenn and me well. When we vacation, we like to go eastward around the gulf to the "happiest place on earth." When the Faulks head out away from Pasadena, we do it intentionally.
As a pastor, I have strived to live as open and available as possible. My cellphone is printed in our weekly bulletin, I am gladly willing to drop most anything to be with the people of our church, and I strive to be available 24/7 to the church. Most of the year, I run at full steam. I love being the pastor of my church. That said 2-3 times a year I run out of juice and am just empty.
I have learned in my emptiness that I cannot stay in Pasadena. There is always a sermon, always a phone call, a meeting, an email, and a need that I feel compelled to meet. Hard wired, I am a people pleaser, and I have learned that I can't turn that part of me off.
As a pastor, we leave the city and state intentionally. Why? Because these vacations force me to take a break. They force me to give 100% of my energy to my family. My wife takes my phone, locks it away, and frees me to relax.
We go far away, most times to Florida, for a very simple reason.... so that this pastor can unplug.
As I sit here in this hotel room working on a blog (yes I catch the irony), I would gladly covet a few things. I covet your prayers that God might free me from the stress and burnout that I walk with. I request that you might help me by allowing me to unplug. MBC has increasingly able men and women who can do ministry far better than me.
I am so thankful for my church and the gift it has been to myself and family. I am grateful for a church that loves me enough to allow me to go and invest in rest and my family. I can't wait to see you, but this week I am gladly going to enjoy just doing nothing.