Intentionally Refueling

I’m about to enter a very busy season – wrapping up the school year and then going into our youth ministry summer trips…the next 2 months are VERY full. As I look ahead at all that’s on my calendar, I’m reminded of the importance of scheduling in things that refuel me. For me, that means things like:

Family Time Making sure to eat meals with my family, talking with my wife, and even getting down on the floor and playing with my kids. These times remind me of the unique roles I play as Husband to Lisa and Father to my kids.

Reading I LOVE sitting in a coffee shop with a good book. Having a little ones at home makes this one difficult sometimes. I’ve had to scale back my expectations of my amount of reading time, but I know that I can’t go without this one.

Exercise There’s all sorts of information about the importance of exercise for our emotional/mental well being. I don’t know much about that, but I do know that when I stick to a regular workout schedule, I have more energy and feel better about my day. When I’m stressed out, sometimes the best medicine is to head to the gym or go out for a run.

How about you? What do you do to refresh yourself? What kind of activities recharge you? Are you being intentional about scheduling those things into your week?