Following a busy, yet rewarding six months of 2011 and our recent trip to Mozambique, today we are on holiday in Fiji. Lyn and I realized many years ago that the Christian life and being in full-time church work is a marathon not a sprint. We want to “finish well” so we have discovered how to look after the myriad aspects of our lives. A key to our wellbeing and longevity has been the importance of rest so we holiday for two weeks every six months.
We have also discovered that ministry trips, like our recent one to Mozambique, are more life changing if we take time to process, digest and pray through together what we experienced. When we have come straight back into the day-to-day demands and complexities of our leadership roles, our hearts and minds are quickly immersed in and dominated by the immediate and urgent demands. The important place of consolidating what we have seen and experienced is not possible. Consequently, it’s full and lasting value for us and others is diminished.
We have learned the value of rest. Now that we are ‘empty nesters’ the range of opportunities for rest has increased. However, as a family we have many shared memories of coming together to rest. We would bush walk, surf, picnic and play together. We enjoyed one another, laughed and cried together and negotiated the disagreements that family (community) life brings through trying to understand one another and correct our attitudes (beliefs) more than behaviour. One of our most cherished memories of resting together was going to Hamilton Island together as adults and friends. There is no substitute for fun, joy and laughter to do good to a weary soul.
Until next time may you be blessed by God’s favour and life.