Making Time to Play
My husband Gene marked his sixtieth birthday surrounded by friends and family in June, but the party really begins tomorrow. Along with a couple we’ve known for decades, we’ll celebrate his six decades of life by cycling through Austria for the next four days. How fun is that?
Gene’s the national director of an evangelical mission organization. We regularly encourage our missionaries to make time in their schedules to rest and relax. They work hard; burnout is inevitable unless they play hard, too. Now it’s time to practice what we preach.
We’ve just finished leading two ministry teams—one to Romania and one to Poland. This is our ninth summer doing so, and we’ve always boarded a home-bound Boeing 747 immediately afterwards. But this time we’re going to play before our return. We get to enjoy idyllic scenery, fellowship, and exercise all at the same time. We’ll return home recharged rather than exhausted as in years past. I can hardly wait!
God created us as human beings, not human doings. We tend to place priority on work and accomplishments, but play is important as well. What will you do to recharge yourself this summer?
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of eight books including Morning Moments With God: Devotions for Busy Women. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with 200 missionaries in 25 countries including Nepal, Egypt, and Romania. www.gracefox.com