I hope that I am making this observation too early and that I am wrong. I have heard it said that a church will take every pound of flesh that they can from a minister without blinking. I didn't really believe it, but I am starting to see that it is true. If I'm not careful these people will take me, chew me and spit me out at the end. And it is not unkindness - it is simply an unawareness. Of the fact that the minister is human. That he or she has other needs and interests. That he or she has gifts or skills in certain areas but not in others.
I've never wanted to be someone that insists rigidly on my time off. My experience of ministers like that is that they tend to overuse the excuse. And maybe I was also chewing and spitting - we'll see. But the way things are going I may have to be strict and refuse to ever go the extra mile - although I would prefer to be generous with my time. And then I know, people become disgruntled.
But I think I am too early in this observation. I think I will deal with it. It's part of getting into the rhythm of a new life.