In the northern hemisphere, the school year is coming to a close. For families with children in school, there’s an odd mix of feelings. There’s a sense of relief for having gotten through the year. There’s a sense of pressure to keep the kids busy during the summer. Finally, there’s the promise of rest and refreshment. There’s nothing quite like the summer holidays.
I’ve always thought that the writer of Ecclesiastes understood the need for school holidays when he wrote: “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
While many of us have long since graduated from school, there are still some important things to remember about summer:
- We should always be learning. It’s sad when we grow too old to study anything new. We aren’t in a classroom anymore, but we still need to learn and grow. Some people need to pay more attention to the world around them and what is happening. For others, time spent on developing their inner life and relationships with other may be a priority.
- We need rest. The rhythms and seasons of life are important. We need to slow down in order to rest, reflect and refresh ourselves. Whether you are in school or not, summer is a great time to do just that. Don’t just let it happen: be intentional. Plan for time that gives you the refreshing you need.
Whatever stage of life you or your family are in, plan on enjoying these summer months.