At the end of the summer, I decided it was important to make a habit of playtime. To set aside a few hours once a week where I don't reflect, work, or otherwise try to improve myself or my surroundings. It doesn't interfere with what needs to be done, but it nurtures joy and keeps me from thinking that I personally can solve every problem in the world. In fact, I made it one of my ministry goals this year.
Reactions to my goal have been surprisingly mixed. More than one minister has been downright derisive. Dave, I'm happy to report, is all for it. My Field Ed supervisor thinks it's a pretty good idea, too. (So far, he's a gem. But it's only been 16 weeks, so I'm holding off on making a judgment. On account of, you just never know.)
So, if you feel like praying for me this week, I'd love prayers to stay devoted to play and joy. I don't believe I can minister long-term without them.
How about you? Is there a discipline you need a little divine help to maintain? Is there anything else I can lift up for you?
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