I recently decided to save a little bit of time and resources by putting a few extra items of clothing in my washing machine. The result? A broken washer. I’m not exactly sure about all of the mechanics of the situation, but I do know this: I sometimes break down when I’m overloaded as well.
It’s summer time and that means lots of summer activities with your children’s ministry. Water games, VBS, and much more can make for an exhausting couple of months. In the midst of all of your planning and executing, remember to take some time to refuel so that you don’t end up like my washing machine. Before you add something to your already busy schedule, ask yourself questions like ‘what or who is suffering if I add this to my plate?’
In order to get my washing machine back to working order, I had to first ask a friend to come and look at it, then order a part and take a break from washing clothes until the part came in the mail. Before you start going strong throughout your busy summer, take time out to plan for some rest. If you know you will have a few crazy weeks, add some time for rest into your schedule either the week before or the week after (maybe even both if you are lucky!).
The important thing to remember is that when you are overloaded, you just can’t work effectively. Avoid burnout by making time for rest!