Rest: 70 Things Every Man Needs to Know
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers.
If I could only make one observation about how men are doing, I would say, “Men are tired.” Physically tired, yes, but also emotionally, relationally, psychologically, and financially tired–exhausted by the pace of a culture that requires more energy than they have to give.
These men don’t come to church, at least initially, looking for “work.” They are tired. Jesus didn’t say, “Come to me all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you more work to do.” He offers–make that promises–them rest. Make sure your church delivers what Jesus promised.
You will have to teach your men how to rest. Rest is a highly neglected priority. First, give your men permission to not work sixty hours a week. God will provide. Second, teach men to find their rest in Christ by spending time with Him. For tips on how to do this, visit www.pastoringmen.com and look up the topics “Disciplines, Spiritual,” “Growth,” and “Private Devotions.”
Third, I think every man needs a couple of hours a day to himself to recharge. This might include his private devotions, a visit to the gym, a hobby, a sport, reading a book, a date with his wife, a movie with his children, or watching television.
A lot of men never feel like they are doing enough to make money. They don’t have enough faith to trust God and rest. Challenge these men to put God’s Word to the test. Other men never feel like they are doing enough to serve God. They are riddled with guilt. Tell them, “It’s okay just to come and sit when that’s what you need to do.”
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