There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.—Ecclesiastes 3:1

If you been reading these articles for the last month or so, then you know it’s been a busy, tiring season for the Robbins family, and for Community Church.  God is in the middle of all of it, and there are many reasons to celebrate and give Him praise.  But it’s been a little draining.  I’m looking forward to a season of recuperating as the busy school year winds down and summer approaches.  One way I plan to intentionally slow down is to take a break from Thursday Thoughts until September.

I’ve done a lot of reading about what keeps a pastor spiritually healthy, and one thing everyone recommends is knowing your limits.  When we push ourselves to keep giving out at the same level even when we’re tired, several things happen: 1) we get even more tired, 2) we can become resentful of duties we used to enjoy, and 3) the quality of our work suffers.  For a few weeks now, when I sit myself down to write, the first thing that comes to mind is I’m not sure I have anything to say.  When we force ourselves to produce something despite not really feeling like it, we can be assured it will not be our best work.  I don’t want to do that to myself, or to those of you who read my words each week.

I love writing, and most of the time I love the opportunity this weekly article gives me to communicate something that is hopefully a blessing and a help to God’s people.  But not right now.  Looking at the calendar, I’ve realized that summer will be full of Vacation Bible School and the County Fair and Family Camp, plus swim meets and backpacking trips and vacations and other good things that will throw off my weekly routine.  It seems like a good time to do one less thing for a while.

How about you?  How will you intentionally let God refresh your soul this summer?  Are there things you can remove from your schedule to make room for better connection with Him and with those you love?  I’m praying that God gives the people of our church exactly the summer they need to be ready to serve Him with energy and creativity in the fall.  Feel free to pray the same for me, my family, and the rest of our church staff.

One Reply to “Taking a Break”

  1. Praying your summer will be time of refreshment for your soul and you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy your family, friends and our beautiful country. You deserve that.

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