The holidays are over, so it’s time for our schedules to return to normal, right? Well, I’ve yet to determine what a normal schedule is as a pastor, so I’m not sure how I’m supposed to return to something that I haven’t yet established.
I have weekly routines and goals, but rarely does a week go by that I follow my plan perfectly. There is simply a lot of variation and flexibility in my role. This is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because I often have meetings and special events that I need to schedule around, so a flexible schedule is very beneficial in that way. But it can be a curse because in order to get things done, I need to be self disciplined. And I’ve met very few people who are truly self disciplined.
I’m learning, though, to embrace an abnormal schedule. Some days I head to my office early in the morning, and some days I don’t go in until after lunch. Some weeks I have my sermon ready to go on Monday, and some weeks I don’t put the finishing touches on it until Saturday. Some days I spend all of my office hours on long-range planning and goal setting, and others I spend my time exclusively on sermon preparation. And I’m learning to be okay with all that.
Sometimes I envy the person with a set schedule. They know when they’ll be at work and when they’ll be at home. There is a fine line dividing their work life and their home life. I don’t have that. It all kind of blends together. But God is teaching me how to be a self starter, and I’m grateful that He’s patient with me during this process.