Perhaps summer was a time to re-think just how you, and if you have children; your family live life. Perhaps you re-thought how you wanted to work with and enjoy your church family. You might have taken a long walk and pondered as to how you are/or not serving those you love. Perhaps you reviewed all the hours spent volunteering, or extra responsibilities at work. Time to lay down some things?
I did. I just took time out to think about all I was doing and not doing in the course of an academic year. I am not teaching school anymore, but like many teachers (retired or otherwise); we just keep thinking more in terms of term time rather than calendar new year. New Year's Resolutions, for me; are just a reset of intentions set in September.
By October, I am being more realistic.
So, I realised something that was totally in my soul; and with my spirit connecting (!) was "Thank God It's Monday (TGI Monday)". Once a month my husband and I do this together at our church. Among his many talents, husband is a professional chef. I like to read Scripture aloud. I like to set the table. Might not be much as far as global ministries are concerned, but I am not concerned. Not one bit.
We have a fun time thinking up menus and looking over the Scripture that has been brought to us by the Pastor or Elders. I think of the theme of the month and eBay a few things for decorating (simply as you can see) for the table. We set up in the open area next to the chapel in our church. (The big sanctuary is downstairs).
The goal is also a simple one: about a dozen members of our church gather around the table (possibly thirty if all who often come, came at the same time) and just chat. No theme; other than "how was your day?" After a church-home cooked meal (beef bourguignon this month) we go into the chapel for a time of silence and what I call "Baptist Lectio Davina.". Start to finish, it's only two hours once a month. Not a big deal, but something happens; and due to having let this activity go and then receiving it back from the Holy Spirit I just know it's for me this season.
Perhaps you are already exhausted by helping others/ running around so others can meet their goals? How scheduled are the children? Take a look at this article on children perhaps not thriving while doing too much, even though all they do was intended to help them thrive. Confused? Click here, when you get a minute.
If you have just moved to a new community, across town or across the country or even across the ocean, each relocation is an opportune time to think again about the type and amount of activity you want in your life. A great new-person goal is to just watch what goes on in your new location for at least six months. If anyone asks what you want to do in your new community, just say you are "taking your time to decide." Perhaps you can have someone volunteer to come over and help you unpack the boxes! Take time to laugh and breathe and enjoy the quiet before life's mad-dashes start once again. Moving can be stressful, and we all need to give ourselves some slack. Goals for what you want to do or achieve in your new location will come, but in the meantime; take time to just do something fun!
A friend of mine laughingly recalls how she and her team at work had a boss who set a crazy level of goals each business quarter. To amuse themselves she would make paper pigs and they would fly them around the room when the stress got to be too much to handle. While they did meet their goals/targets each time, the little pigs just flew! When this friend and I were up at the Northumbria Community (where I did a lot of prayer and laying "stuff down") we saw this little wind-up flying pig.
A great reminder.