Wow, Christmas is just around the corner. If you are like me, it is such a busy time up until Christmas, I hardly have time to catch my breath. Once Christmas break is here, I usually don’t use my time well. I often arrive at January 1st tired, unfocused, and spluttering into the new year. So, before Christmas gets here, let’s make sure we have some good priorities in place to ensure that our Christmas break is a time to Refuel, Refocus, and Regather our efforts.
Refuel: It’s easy to get so consumed with ministry that we ourselves miss out on the wonder of our Savior. We teach lessons, create Christmas parties, we thank people, and attend numerous parties and plays. However, we often fail to spend enough time with our first love. Over Christmas break ensure that you set aside a concerted time to spend with your Savior. If we want to continue to invest in students lives, we must realize that constant refueling is paramount. If we are ‘running on fumes’ this can be a dangerous place to be. What are you doing to refuel this Christmas?
Refocus: Since the few days after Christmas can be quieter programmatically, make sure you take time to refocus on why you do what you do. When was the last time you journalled about your ministry? When was the last time you dreamed about how God could use you in greater ways? When was the last time you took a large block of time to really dream? It’s so easy to stay busy and miss out on the massive potential for you and your ministry. Don’t miss out this Christmas!
Regather: Again, programmatically, it is a quieter time of year for me. Therefore, it is also a good time to regather my efforts, look ahead, plan lessons, and even make a start on my message outlines for January. Starting the new year is a lot easier when I have made a start to my messages. It allows them to ‘percolate’ into the new year. Above all, it’s imperative to take a look at the next few months and see what is ahead and what steps need to be taken to get there. I know this might seem simplistic, but I am amazed at how many of us rush from one week to the next and never truly plan ahead…
Finally, make sure you prioritize your Christmas break in this order of Refuel, Refocus, and Regather. It’s imperative that we minister from a place of depth and refreshing before we jump back into planning and message writing.
What are you doing over Christmas? What are some of your Christmas traditions? What are you most looking forward to?