Fall is one of my favourite times of year. Scarves. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. New agendas. Handmade wool socks. Fireplaces and wood stoves. Routine. Scented candles that smell like I actually bake. I mean, what’s not to love?
Aside from the personal faves, there’s just something about September for people who work with children, youth, and young adults. Students are back in school, healthy routine is easier to find, fresh commitments are made, and schedules are reset. It’s like a breath of fresh, crisp, Fall air. You get a do-over on the things that didn’t quite work last year and a chance to refresh what’s old. You have the opportunity to adjust what wasn’t efficient, and take a chance on something new. As it turns out, September really is the New Year for Next Gen leaders.
So what are your New Year’s resolutions? Dig out the mental list of things that you intended to do last year but didn’t get to. Recall the tasks that didn’t fulfil you or even those that irritated you to no end. What are you going to do about them this year? This is your chance.
As you shift and adjust, make your health a top priority. We’ve been talking a lot about it, but now is the time to just do it. Decide on the ways you are going to ensure your physical, mental, and spiritual health this year and insert them into your schedule today. Make that eye appointment you’ve been meaning to make, create margin in your week to be with family and do things you enjoy, and schedule time with God. Whatever else you dream, plan, organize, paint, build or color-code, consider #MyHealth and put in those big rocks first. It is time.
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Cor. 15:58
Happy New Year!
Director of Next Gen Ministries