Life is tough…can we agree on that? It gets sticky, and we get tired. When we’re tired, we get grumpy and out of sorts. When we get grumpy and out of sorts, we make bad decisions. When we make bad decisions, people get hurt. When people get hurt, life gets tough. Jesus recognized this in the lives of His disciples when on an occasion he invited them to “Come ye apart into a desert place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). This invitation is active for us today in the twenty-first century. We are busy, over-scheduled, over-achievers, and sometimes forgetful that we too need refreshment in our spirits.
Eleven Ways To Refresh Your Spirit
1. Take a Stroll Down a Woodsy Lane
Go off the trail occasionally and listen to the crunchy leaves under your feet.
2. Make a Memory With Your Children
It doesn’t take an elaborate vacation or a year of saving money to make a memory. A simple destination close by – something out of the ordinary – will do just fine.
3. Take Time To Really See Things
Take time to watch the morning mist. as it gathers out of the valleys and ascends back up into the clouds.
4. Reconnect With Friends From Days long Ago
We get busy and life moves on. Friends we once spent time, shared experiences and laughter with have faded into distant memories. As the names of former friends come to mind, search for them as for hidden treasure. The childhood song “Make New Friends” is sometimes just what is needed to kick-start the journey of discovery.
5. Take A Bicycle Ride
Most of us once upon a time rode a bike as our preferred method of transportation. Go out in the garage, brush off the cobwebs, pump up the tires, and go out peddling. It’s exhilarating to feel the air as it whooshes by your face and you work those muscles.
6. Dare To Be Silly
When we can laugh at ourselves life becomes less complicated. Life is full of rough stuff, so there needs to be a time and place to just laugh and be ridiculous. We all need to explore our child-likeness of sheer enjoyment over the most mundane things.
7. Enjoy A Good Crackling Campfire
If you can’t build a small fire pit in your own back yard (recommended), seek out a place where you can go to enjoy this simple pleasure. State parks often have areas in the picnic or camping spaces that allow fire rings. Listen to the wood as it pops and crackles. Watch the flames as the smoke swirls up and around the logs. Breathe deeply of the aroma of the various woods that are burning. Listen to the sounds in the woods as the crackling fire blends its own voice to the tree frogs, crickets, and silences of night. Observe the variety of colors of the smoke, wood, and flames.
8. Go To A Place That Brings You Joy
Plan ahead for times when you can go on small journeys to places that you enjoy. Specific places that always, without fail, lift you up. Don’t plan an agenda, a gathering of people, or a calendar of activities. Just go and be in the moment.
9. Watch The Antics Of A Baby
Sometimes when we are watching our children, we laugh and rejoice…but then sometimes, we are overwhelmed with parenting. Take time to just watch – from afar – and enjoy the simplicity of life when a baby is reveling in his/her world. Find the delight in their freshness as they discover the joy of their world.
10. Remember That God Gave Us A Soul To Commune With Him
Find a house of worship where you can go and lift up your heart, your song, your praise, and your prayer, unto God who has created you and designed you with purpose.
11. Watch The World As She Closes Shop For The Day
Opportunities to observe the ending of day are all around us…if we take the time to notice. Turn off the evening news, take supper out on the back porch, or down to the river, creek, beach, or mountain top. Sit outside and just observe the changes as the sun fades in the eastern sky. View it as God’s own special full-color video. Enjoy.
Refreshment – there are thousand of possibilities. As an idea comes to mind, get out there and do it. Be refreshed. Be renewed. God’s blessings are abundant each day and just waiting for us to take advantage of all He has created.
I’d love to hear all about some of the things that refresh your spirit.