Yes it’s that time of year again…”Football, Soccer, School, hoodies, campfires and smores.” Or….as some would say, “Families running around like chickens with their heads cut off.” I wouldn’t really know if chickens actually do that, but I hear they do. That is….when then are being readied for slaughter, and their heads get chopped off, they run around aimlessly, until they can run no more. Ewwwwww.
Back to my point. It’s beginning to look a lot like Fall around here in NW Ohio/SE Michigan. Yaay! My favorite time of year. From the start of the school year (both college and high school), to all of the soccer games and now, the football games, to the backyard campfires, to the raking of leaves, canning veggies, and crockpot dinners. Ahhh…..I. Love. Fall. Many times over.
I do not, however, love it’s busyness. Again…from the start of the school year and on through November--busy. Period. My son is a soccer fanatic. He lives, eats, sleeps and breathes soccer. His older sisters were, and are, too. He hasn’t missed a soccer practice or game in years, and he plays year round soccer. He excels at it, and he knows it. He plans on attending college next year on a soccer scholarship, and he very well may.
Having said that, soccer is extremely time consuming. Jonathan is grounded enough to know that although soccer is time consuming, life requires balance, and he is able to balance that with the remainder of things in his life. However……he was just selected to be the kicker for the Varsity Football Team. What?
He is not very happy about it. Jonathan is one of the most humble athletes anyone would ever meet, and thus, he doesn’t like to strut his stuff. I thought we were busy with just soccer and school, but nope, now there is Football. This week alone, he has four soccer games and a football game. Couple those with the fact that I teach a LifeGroup in my home, work full time, and am responsible for two team feeds this week, and…and…
I think you got it. Life is just busy. Plain. Simple. Busy. But is it good? Absolutely! Is it peaceful? Absolutely! I wouldn’t have it any other way. But…..
What about rest?
What about re-grouping?
What about down time?
Well, what about it?
God is very clear in the Bible, to “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” I love that. God didn’t give us the commandments to restrict us, but rather to protect us. To not only protect us from evil, but to protect us from ourselves. Yup. If we don’t remember to set aside one day a week for rest, we are not only disobeying God’s commandment, but we become one tired individual. And tired people typically make crabby people. You get where I’m going with this?
Yes. This is why we try and make it a habit not to shop or eat out on Sundays. Why perpetuate the problem by asking store employees to work so that we may have access to their food or products? This is one of the reasons why, when my children were younger, I instituted a mandatory FOB time every day. At least once a day.
FOB means “feet on the bed.” Translated, you can do anything you want for the next hour, as long as your feet on fully on your bed. This way, everyone learned the concept of a daily downtime, as well as I got a well needed break from the chaos of homeschooling and daily life with youngins. I loved that rule, and so did my kids. Sometimes they would just color in their bed or read a book. On a side note, I learned early on that if I had a book that I wanted one of my children to read, I would neatly place it on their pillow. Eventually, it would get read and then placed back on my pillow. Love that.
Back to the FOB rule. Yes. Sometimes, all three would fall asleep. Yes! Most of time, I would. Even now, as I am older, I have a downtown rule. It is extremely rare that I am not home and relaxed by 7:00pm. 7:00pm has become our family’s time to be done with the cares of the day. There are exceptions, this week being one of them. But then again, this week is totally out of the ordinary. Thank God. I couldn’t handle many more weeks like this is shaping up to be. Late night games, coupled with late night LifeGroup, coupled with work and out of town guests. Yowsa.
Well, here’s hoping you are able to get some rest.
Rest in the Lord is always preferred.
P.S. Tonight we are lighting a fire in the fire pit, making smores, playing some music and just chillaxing. But not until after LifeGroup and Soccer.