I haven’t yet figured out how to spend my free time. Literally.
When life is hectic, everything has a sense of routine and order to it. On the other hand, when it’s time to rest, I’m completely unprepared. I end up feeling like I’ve wasted my time, and before I know it, my break’s over.
Summer is upon us – the time of year when families take a rest from work and school to enjoy each other’s company and make memories. How can we avoid the temptation to be lazy and apathetic after a year’s worth of hard work?
1. Dedicate a week to God
If you really want to rest, rest in His arms. You’ll soon find that spending time with God can be much more refreshing than sitting on your couch watching TV.
Come near to God and He will come near to you.
Set aside multiple times a day to pray to God and study His Word. Humble yourself before Him and worship Him. Look back on the past year and praise God for everything He’s done in your life. Who says you have to wait until New Year’s Day! Finally, thank Him for Jesus. What happened on the cross 2000 years ago should be remembered every day.
2. Spend selfless time with your family
Selfless sounds a little dramatic, but you can be selfless with your family even in the small things. Your whole attitude should be one of service. If you’re playing with your siblings, play the game they want to play even if you’re “not in the mood”. If your parents want to treat you to something you don’t necessarily want, accept it wholeheartedly. Be intentional in your relationships. When we’re preoccupied with work or schooling, our families are too often overlooked.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.
3. Make a list of things you want to accomplish
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to do nothing! Make a list of things you’ve always wanted to do (or need to do), and create a schedule that allows time for those tasks to be completed. Maybe it’s growing a garden. Maybe it’s starting your own business. Maybe it’s getting a six-pack (good luck with that one). Don’t work yourself to death, but build a flexible routine that makes your free time productive.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
If you have some time off, then rest. Be refreshed. Breathe in, and enjoy this wonderful season that God has created!