All good things must come to an end. Most of the activities that my family enjoys will come to a close this week.
- My Life Group (the small group ministry at Mountain Lake) takes a break until the Fall.
- My oldest daughter finishes her 8th grade year…ending her middle school years.
- My younger two kids wrap up their school year with parties and games.
- I finished watching season 3 of Downton Abbey on my DVR (not a big deal to some, but the cliffhanger was a doozy).
- I completed a mentoring relationship.
- And, finally, I brought the semester to a close for Girlfriends (our women’s environment at MLC).
Yep, a lot of things have come to a close in my life. Bittersweet feelings swirl through my heart and mind. While I’m celebrating the finish line, I’m also mourning it. (I mean, how will I spend my time now that Downton Abbey is over??)
Seriously, I’m a little reflective as my oldest finishes middle school. I only have 4 more years before she leaves for college, and I certainly feel hard pressed to make each day count with her. That’s one finish line I’m not ready to cross.
Yet other endings thrill me. Like completing a mentoring relationship with a friend. We’ve met our goals and sharpened ourselves spiritually. Feels good.
Recently, I talked with several friends who shared of seasons of “burn-out” in their lives. They had engaged in activities they enjoyed, but with no exit strategy or end date they eventually found themselves worn out from the tasks. Good work – really good work – like serving others or accomplishing goals can suck the life out of us if we allow it. That’s why I love a good ending. A stop date. A break. A finish line. Taking a short breather from activities can do so much good – refresh you, revive your creativity, and rest your mind. Even better, a little rest prevents burn-out.
Do you have a finish line for the work you’re doing? You see, all good things must come to an end. We need to cross the finish line and celebrate the win! Then we need to rest and replenish before we start another race. What does that look like for you?