In just a couple of weeks school will be out and the summer season will get into full swing. Striking a balance between being super busy and doing nothing over the summer can often be difficult for families. Hopefully, in the process of communicating expectations for the family, a good rhythm can unfold between busyness and rest.
Lots of kids, as well as parents, come to the end of the school year completely exhausted. Sometimes a period is needed for everyone to rest and rejuvenate before launching fully into busy summer mode. But the reality of family life today is often that both parents are working, and therefore kids need to move quickly from school into summer activities.
Some plans are already made for trips to visit family or just for fun, but how can we build a rhythm of both rest and fun into our summer days?
First, rest. Let me be clear about this, rest is not the same as sleep. Some of you know this to be true. So, as you look at your summer calendar, make sure there are days on the calendar wherethere is nothing planned. There should be “blank space” on those days. In our busy world, it’simportant to have days where kids and parents don’t have something to do. These days allow households to be spontaneous and creative in the absence of planned activity. Take a look at your calendar and make sure there are blank spaces.
Second, keep a Sabbath rest. Whether the day falls on Sunday or another day of the week, we need to have one day when nothing gets accomplished. Sabbath reminds us that our relationshipwith God is not about what we can do for God, but that we are God’s children and can rest in ourrelationship with him.
If you do something on your Sabbath, stick to activities that are life-giving and that remind or point family members toward their relationship with God.
What will your summer rhythm look like? Time is precious, so why not sit down together and plan for blank space and Sabbath rest.