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Locked in the Closet: Rob Bell on Pastoral Rest

Saturday, May 8th, 2010 by Jason Wermuth

In this video interview, Rob Bell talks about the need to balance his pastoral ministry with rest. Watch the video and then comment below:

In this video, as in his book Velvet Elvis, Rob talks about the rapid growth in his church and how that effected him physically, mentally and emotionally. In the book he writes the following about this troubling time where he hid himself away in a closet in between the first and second service at this church  (p. 104):

I was exhausted.

I was burned out.

I was full of doubt.

I was done.

I had nothing more to say.

After three straight years of working full time while in seminary, which will come to a culmination today at graduation, I often feel just this way, exhausted, burned out, full of doubt … through it all though, one of the best things I have learned in this process is the goodness of rest. Hard work without rest is just striving, but Jesus tells us that his yoke (not the stuff in eggs) is easy and his burden is light (Matt 11:30). The author of Hebrews tells us in chapter four that a major point of this Jesus thing is rest, not just in the eschaton, but right now! This doesn’t mean being lazy, on the contrary, rest is what happens after you have worked hard. The lazy do not rest, because they weren’t doing anything to begin with. But even God rested on the seventh day after his work, and if rest is good for God – it is for us too! Rest helps us to appreciate the work that we have just done. It helps us to regain perspective. Rest helps to reignite the fire that first got you doing whatever it was that you were doing. Rest is godly.

Do you feel burned out right now? How do you make time for shalom in your life?

If you don’t make time for shalom in your life, start today! It is the sabbath after all…