That's why I'm convinced every pastor needs a good hobby. Something that can counter the frustrations and struggles of ministry. Something to make Mondays a little brighter. Something to replenish the empty fuel tank. Something sufficient different from ministry pursuits to constitute a mini-vacation every week or so...if only for an hour or two. Like:
Jigsaw puzzles. New ones, so there are no missing pieces. Because, unlike ministry, they can be finished!These are just a few ideas, of course. What about you? Do you have a hobby that refreshes you?
Jogging. Gets you outside. Gets your dopamine flowing. Every run you complete is a small victory.
Photography. When you take a nice picture, it stays took. It never turns around to bite you, either.
Sudoku. Numbers go in squares. Numbers add up. Numbers stay in squares. Numbers seldom get mean. Unlike people.
Writing. I used to write full-time, and I miss it mightily. Because unlike ministry, in which very few things are in your control, words do what you tell them to do. Most of the time, anyway.
Music. Whether you collect, play, or attend, music really doth hath charms to soothe the savage breast.
Travel. Nothing like the open road--or open sea--to clear your head and renew your soul.
Grandkids. Not sure it qualifies as a hobby, but one of the most restorative things I do is pick up my grandson and take him out to lunch. I'm looking forward to doing it soon with his sister, too, and his cousin. It's often the emotional high point of my week.