Steven: At the end of a busy season of life, like right now at the end of a semester of classes, I need to completely get my mind out of school mode. That looks different for me every time, but it consistently includes 2 things: video games and Disneyland. Those are both things that, when I’m doing them, my mind can get completely lost in them and I don’t think about school at all. When I go home at night after a busy day of school stuff, I can turn on FIFA 13, play a few games, and I don’t think about the craziness of the past semester at all in that moment.
We need the same time after a busy season of ministry. Whether it’s summer, a season of small group or a rough time with a particular student, we need to take time not not only rest, but reset our brains. We need those times to recharge and reset after a particularly busy time, that way we’re ready to go for the next crazy season. We all need to find our FIFA 13 and be willing to go there, rather than going full throttle all year long.
Matt: I saw a car commercial the other night for the Nissan Leaf. it’s not a hybrid car, it’s a total electric car. There is a scene of the car in the garage with the owner plugging it in. It made me think, sometimes to recharge your batteries you need to just stop and plug in and do nothing. Well nothing of substance that is. For me one of my escapes is to cook. I love everything about cooking. The planning of a menu, the shopping, the prep work and then the actually cooking. Although to some it might seem like work, to me it’s relaxing and a way that I de-stress. It’s a way for me to totally lose myself and forgot a busy season or a problem I’ve just been through.
Finding time to stop and do something you can get lost in and forget about what’s going on around you might look different to each of us but it should have the same result. The result being when I’ve finished my batteries are recharged, I’m mentally ready to move on and charge the next hill and my energy level has been restored. This is especially true for me in student ministry, it keeps me from burning out, it keeps me focused and it makes me ready for the next challenge.