What’s your picture of a great day off?
I’ve got four things for me…
- Nap. More than food, I want my afternoon nap. I think I should have been born in Spain.
- People Time. I get tired of not having as much time for people as I’d like during the week. If someone can come over for dessert or watch a good sport event in my living room with me, that’s awesome. Family movie with the kids – just as good.
- Headlines. I don’t catch much news during the week, so 20 minutes with a magazine or headline articles gives me something fresh and current to pray with God for.
- Calendars. Before the day is over, I like to compare calendars with Melissa on the week ahead… while I’m still rested and got my head on straight.
That’s my four elements for a perfect day off. Most weeks, two out of four isn’t bad!
How about you?
Here’s three questions to help you build a perfect day off.
- Figure out, “Which day works best for my family?” You’ve got to pick a day or it wont happen. Weekly is best. You need. That’s how God made us.
- Ask yourself, “What would a rubber band do today?” You’ve stretched yourself all week; it’s time to contract. Whatever you did all week, don’t do it on your day off. Whatever you didn’t “get to” do all week, do it then. God made a day off to be our opposite day.
- Understand, “How can I rest with a purpose?” The goal is not the absence of everything as much as it is creating margin for important and restorative things. Make it about God – connecting with him whatever way you do it best. Make it about people – be more available and engaged. Make it about refreshing your spirit – it’s cool to do something just for you, that makes you feel fuller.
Most of us have rushed and out-of-control lives. A weekly day off could change that dramatically.