I am hanging out with three of my kids right now. We are singing and dancing to Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” (I still love the 80’s), I have introduced them to the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” (Classic!), and they are teaching me “Kiseki” by Greeeen (a hit in Japan right now). I was trying to work, but it just ain’t happening. I wrote the following for our mission in June, so thought I would share it with you today.
I am not sure about you, but in terms of flow of ministry, the summertime always seems to be odd to me. Not odd in a bad way, mind you, rather that the rhythms of life to which I am accustomed seem to, well, disappear. I often find myself trying to figure out what I should be doing, or feeling like I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing. My annual fear is that the end of summer will come and I have to go back to school. No wait, that’s my children’s’ fear. My actual fear is that at the end of the summer I am left still trying to figure out how to make the most of the unique opportunities summer brings.
This year I thought I would revisit the coaching training from the Fall Conference to help make sense of summer. I thought I would share some of the things that I will be trying, and if they are helpful to others, that’s great. I was able to make an acronym for this, so as Earl Creps shared in March, we know this must be from the Lord. This summer, I will RELAX.
R is for “realign.” Before the summer starts, I will realign my schedule and priorities. I will decide which things I can take a break from, and what things I want to do. I will decide what days my home office will no longer suffice with four kids at home. On the days when I am in the same office, I will agree to not freak out when a sword fight barges through the door and continues on my couch. (Perhaps I need to keep a light saber in my desk drawer in anticipation.)
E is for “embrace,” as in “embrace the kookiness of it.” Summer is a time when everyone’s schedule gets crazy, so when the neighbor shows up and asks if I am free, I will say yes. I will embrace each opportunity as a gift from God.
L is for “leisure.” Life will forever be busy, but long sunny days and kids home from school are limited. I will take time to relax and enjoy family. Take time to read the books I have wanted to read. The rest can wait until fall.
A is for “adjust.” If I am willing, making simple adjustments will help me accomplish things I normally am unable. For example, taking a mini-sabbatical, say for one week, will allow me to tackle a special project I have wanted to do. Perhaps sabbatical is not the right word, but you get the point.
X is for “exhale.” I need to let things go and hang out with Jesus. I need to be less uptight and just have fun with what God brings my way. Take a deep breath and slow down. Blow off steam with friends and family, and love life like Jesus does.
Honestly, I am not sure how successful I will be at RELAXing this summer. But, at least this year I have a plan and I am ready for the challenge. How about you, are you ready for summer? Let’s RELAX together!
Now back to the dancing!