I love breaks! I wouldn’t make it far without them. Furthermore, I believe breaks are monumental for personal growth. However, you can’t flippantly walk into a break. In order to exploit a break for all its worth, you must be intentional with how you approach it. The difference here is huge: between having a break and letting a break have you. One prepares and propels you; the other leaves you empty and tired. So, here’s the first step to having an intentional, growth-filled break: Rest.
Now the first thing we need to distinguish is the difference between resting and vegging. One dictionary defines vegging as relaxing “to the point of complete inertia.” Vegging is the point at which your break is happening to you: you have a heavy intake of media (TV, video games, Internet, Movies, etc), you’re sleeping in every day, you’re always snacking, and you’re losing motivation to do anything productive. Resting, on the other hand, is allowing one’s self “to be inactive in order to regain strength, health, or energy.” Resting has a purpose; vegging is pointless. Resting refreshes you; vegging numbs you. Resting prepares you; vegging debilitates you. Paul says it this way, “’All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be enslaved by anything.” So, find things to do that refresh you! Do you like to be outside? Do you like to hunt? Do you like to be around good friends? Do you like to write? May you sleep well, enjoy time with people you love, watch some Christmas movies, and yet, may you not be mastered by anything.