A day off is an absolute requirement in youth ministry. Simply put: take a day off or you won’t last. Here are a few ideas to make the most of your much-needed day off.
Get with…or away from…people
Some of you need to be with people on your day off (friends, family, etc.) because they energize you and help you make the most of a day off. Others need to avoid people altogether because you find refreshment in being alone. Whichever way you lean…lean hard that direction on your day off!
Reconnect with God
Youth ministry usually only has two speeds: Fast, and super fast! If you are anything like us, it is often difficult to connect with God at any level of real intimacy during the hustle and bustle of a typical week. A day off is the perfect time to do just that! In fact, tomorrow’s edition of the SYM Today will be a devotional you can use on your next day off.
Do something simple and fun
Youth ministry fatigue usually sets in when you aren’t getting enough rest or are all work and no play. So, find an afternoon soon that you can set aside to do something fun that you normally don’t have time for. Play 9 holes of golf, go for a jog, browse through a book store, knit a sweater (that’s what Josh usually likes to do) or catch a matinee movie.
Get away from it all
Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about feeling drained without just simple taking some time off. It wasn’t too long ago that I (Josh) took a full week to go completely offline and spending time with the family. Fight fatigue with fun. Hit the beach. Go to Disneyland. Leave your laptop, turn off your phone and get away.
Oh, and one last thing: often times a game-changing or potentially painful decision sits right in front of you and robs you of your passion and energy even on a day off. So just make the call! You might be surprised at the freedom and renewed excitement you feel once you get that out of the way. If it is a tough conversation, pray about it and then have it. Tackle that energy-busting obstacle you’ve been putting off and then turn off, too!
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.