By Rita Burkard
Every year after the Christmas rush, when we have been busy with church services, buying Christmas gifts, visiting people, parties to go to or have, making oilbollen, comes January. The days are still short, nights are long and the weather is still getting worse before it gets better…it’s January and I get the January blues. Do you feel the same way? What do you do other than wait it out?
I thought I would research what experts would advise and found this tidbit on the internet (dialymail.co.uk). It suggested to: 1) Exercise – that is a given – 10,000 steps a day or at least 30 mins of walking or exercising. Besides you need to work off the turkey and trimmings!, 2) Plan a holiday – for us that is Palm Springs in February, but if you can’t afford to go anywhere, go for a road trip to the mountains, 3) Balance out your life – The idea is to draw a wheel with eight spokes. Each spoke should represent eight areas of your life. These include:
- Your health
- Your money
- Your social life (including fun and recreation)
- Your partner/relationship
- Your work/career
- Your friends/family
- Your physical environment such as your home
- Your personal growth/spirituality. This could include your religion, interests, hobbies, for example.
Now, for each area of your life represented by a spoke, give it a score out of 10. Where you score below five, take that area and try to focus on it.
When I look at these areas, the one that I need to focus on is number 8 because of our situation with calling a new pastor to grow our church. I don’t know what this will bring and this uncertainty is going to take some faith on my part to see what the Lord is going to do. We are at an impasse, a crossroads, and the only way is forward because doing nothing would be going backwards. Choosing to go with the Nesting model means we still want to have a Reformed Church in Calgary that is spreading the gospel in the community. Isn’t this what we want? Isn’t this what we are supposed to do as Christians? Then why is it so hard. We need to support this vision and direction and do what we can to make it happen. This isn’t a job for one person. We are Jesus’ hands and feet and we need to step it up and support this for it to become successful. Praying is a good start but it isn’t the only action we need to take….and it isn’t only for the young at heart, it is for the whole church community to figure out what their role is.
This will be a challenging yet interesting year in our church. Be encouraged that we all want others to share in the joy we have in Christ.
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil 1 Peter 3: 13-17.