Sorry to take a couple of days off – I was on a (great) all-staff retreat with tricky internet availability!
For many of you, the school year has just started; for most others, next week is the beginning of spring 2015. So here’s something great to ponder as everything ramps up yet again, and it’s something I’m learning myself.
It’s valuable for you to determine the resources, activities, focuses, or certain conversations that particularly energize you for the other (many) tasks of being a college minister. For me, I’m particularly strengthened for my work by reading – books on business strategy or “operations” light my fire especially well.
(Of course, our most vital fuel is our time with the Lord. This whole post is written with the assumption that we’re prioritizing that first.)
When my schedule is consistently full, day after day, I can easily go weeks without taking those “vitamins,” as it were. And yet in the midst of that everydayness, I can easily start feeling drained. So it’s a good discipline for me to carve out time – even when there “isn’t time” – to let God energize me through those things. He wired me that way, and while I always need to be willing to be stretched and to lay aside my personality as He sees fit, it also makes sense to determine what most energizes me… and to take those vitamins when I can.
If you haven’t pondered WHAT those vitamins are, you should.
And if you have, why don’t you figure out a way to make accessing them easy? That could mean…
- Putting those kinds of resources on one bookshelf (that’s in your eye-line at work, preferably)
- Scheduling time to spend “taking your vitamins” on your calendar
- Setting an alarm to remind you to participate in those activities if you haven’t already, by a certain point each week
- Getting people to hold you accountable on this
- Scheduling some “time away” every once in awhile
…or whatever works best for you!