For most campus ministers, summer is an absolutely great time of the year. Campus is quiet and the urgency of weekly programming is often less stressful.
What I hear from both K-12 teachers and college campus ministers is that while they love the pace of summer, they can often feel inadequate for what they don't accomplish in the mid-May thru mid-August timeframe.
Here are five things to keep in mind for outstanding summer renewal:
Give yourself permission to take things slowly. If you can get into work 30 minutes later, take advantage of that. If you can take the back roads in- stead of the freeway, enjoy a more leisurely ride into campus. Walk slower. Let yourself read slower. Pray slower.
Take a prayer day. Get online or ask around for a place nearby that you could use for a personal prayer day. Look at this as an investment in your faith-life. If you need to use a personal day, it will be worth it. Many retreat centers are happy to have "during the week" guests. Bring a book, a Bible and a journal and leave the technology in the car.
Do something physical. This may be to drink a smoothie each day, recharge your workout routine or go for a hike each week. You may also want to take a look at your sleep routines and recommit to getting a full eight hours of sleep each night.
Re-tool your office. Nothing lets you start a new academic year like a clean and organized workspace. Give yourself permission to clean, toss, purge, reorganize, etc. You'll feel great afterwards!
Get a new look. Get a new hairdo, buy some new duds, splurge on something you can afford...
The key to all of this is simple enough- enjoy your summer! Find God in the gift of leisure and rest. Sometimes, that's the exact place where we need blessings the most.