Friday, May 20, 2011

Take a Great Break

You've finished strong and now you have down time.  There is a great temptation to swing between a frenzy of doing all the fun stuff you missed while you worked hard and a slug-fest of inactivity.  A little of this all-or-nothing can be absorbed but when this coexistence of extremes fails to bring steady happiness, consider that breaks are great for: 

Getting extra rest, eating decent meals, and getting back to fitness plans.

Getting together with family and friends who you miss.

Organizing your room, home, stuff.

Giving back to those in need and those who give to you.

Reading, writing, and thinking more deeply about God.
He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. Mark 6:31,32
Once you finish something tiring, hard, and structured, it's understandable to crave rest, ease, and sleep in, stay up late, and go as you please in between. But extended sloth will undermine your body, character, and future hopes.  The same discipline and structure that helped you to do well, can also help you to have a great break that is refueling, engaging, uplifting, refreshing, purposeful, regrouping, and fun.  You've earned it, kid.