Yes, indeed after 20 years of full-time ministry I needed to be told that people are my ministry!
For twenty years I have been an open book and the door to my office has been open.
For twenty years I have given my full attention to everyone who had the need to poke their head through my office door.
For twenty years I've listened to countless words of advice that I need to balance my ministry with people and create some space for myself and know when to close my door.
After 20 years of ministry I finally have the sanity to close my door to my office so that I can take care of my self so that when I open my door I can minister to all the people. I finally have the wisdom and the peace to carve out some time so that I can read and pray and just be.
I finally don't feel guilty about it.
The minute I find what ever it is I needed to find to close my door for part of the day I have people barging in my office unannounced and another minister telling me not to forget that ministry is about people.
Some people need a sane pastor who knows how to take care of himself. Some people need to learn how to respect the pastor. Some people.....
My door was open all day today.
My door will be open most of the day tomorrow.
Wednesday will come when I have had a high number of unpleasant experiences while at this church....I'll chose again to close my door.
This time I will lock it.
Thanks for the reminder.
Ministry is about people.