Student Ministers don't really need vacations. There is too much going on for you to possibly leave. The fall is when you build momentum for the year. The winter and spring is when you gear up for Summer camps and mission trips. The summer is the time students are off and you can really build community with your group so that that the fall kicks off right.
So you really can't afford to go away at all. You need to be planning, prepping, building into students and leaders. There is no time to waste.
Ever feel like that? I did and sometimes, I still feel that way. That is why, despite my intro to the contrary, you NEED a vacation.
Last week, the girls and I went on vacation and it was great. For me, there is something about being with your children where you can get away from the stress of life, sit on the beach (or wherever you feel at ease) and just relax.
This is a picture of my girls playing on the last night on our annual vacation. They were having a blast just being there. It was relaxing for them and relaxing for me. For me, this is WHY vacation is important. I'm relaxed and my girls are relaxed.
Whether you have children, are single or married without children, the carefree lifestyle of time away is very refreshing and healthy. We were never designed to go, go, go and never have a extended break. We need time away to not worry about work or any of the neighborhood drama. We need to get away.
So, if you don't have a vacation or extended period of time away set aside yet, it's not too late. You can still get away. In fact, you NEED to get away. TAKE IN A MINUTE right now and look at your calendar for a time to get away and vacation.
I am hoping everyone reading this is saying, "well, duh. I have vacation planned". However, I do know from my past that I didn't always take vacation or use all of it. And, it hindered my effectiveness at home and at work.
So post your thoughts, comments or questions below as a way to encourage and learn from each other.
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