No matter how much I’m enjoying a church function, I can’t wait to go home.
I have enjoyed many church events and one-on-one meetings in my pastoral career. Relaxed, edifying, and enjoyable time together with people of like-minded faith is what church is mostly about.
But I still really like going home.
This is especially true if I had to “dress up.” Suits are the worst. Just taking off the tie is like 50 pounds being lifted off me. I take off the nice shirt and dress pants, and remove the sweaty black socks out of the sweaty dress shoes, and I could float away.
There’s nothing like coming home and putting a pair of shorts and a t-shirt on.
I’m a person who gets drained by people. Even if it’s people I love and an enjoyable activity. I still need to be alone for a while and chill. My brain needs time to reflect, process, and prepare for what’s next.
Every pastor needs a nice place to go sit and be alone. I have a nice chair in my office I read in. I have a spot by the lake across the road and some parks nearby. Nice spots I can just go and sit and be quiet and alone. I pray. I think. I even laugh at my jokes. I say witty comebacks to long over conversations.
Being alone puts energy back in me that being with others sucked out. Nothing wrong with the people; it’s just how I’m wired.
“There’s no place like home,” I happily say along with tornado-displaced Dorothy. I have no magic shoes that take me there, just sweaty dress shoes that probably can’t wait to get home either.
I can only imagine the feeling of being in my eternal home, putting off my old, sweaty tent of a body and putting on the new spiritual body. What a day of rejoicing it will be! I can’t wait to get home.
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
4 thoughts on “Sometimes a Pastor Just Needs to Go Home”
I am the same way. Sometimes it makes me feel like…well…a failing pastor. I love my people, but I need my alone time. Thanks for this.
You are not alone.
Unless, like you want to be.
Nearly ALL my family, friends, church members have been told… and know well… that I ABSOLUTELY CRAVE solitude. I feel this craving is MUCH more than most… I can “do” and “serve” and “love/interact” perhaps as well as most… but it’s a chore, a strain and just like the urge to use the bathroom (best example I can think of)… I CAN”T deny that urge. I manage all of these emotions fairly well, but it’s not easy and there’s A LOT of work going on inside my head/heart to be social. Being a Pastor just adds to this… God is good though… I lean on him and run away when I can… 🙂
Even Jesus headed into the mountains and left crowds from time to time. People exhaust me. If I don’t get alone time, I would hurt someone!