I don’t know about you, but I am more and more aware of how enslaved I am to the “Tyranny of the Urgent.”

Like most women born in the latter half of the 20th century, the role models of my growing-up years were superwomen who worked outside the home then came home to work some more. They took on the additional burden of a professional career without skimping on any of the responsibilities of their careers as wives and mothers. In essence, they had two full-time jobs…maybe more. Fast forward several decades, and we’re seeing a generation of young women living with incredible stress. We have become human “doings” instead of human beings.

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Living lives without margin is not healthy. Surely this is not something we want to train into our children.

Summer is a great time to learn about relaxing–to remember that “the Lord gives sleep to His beloved” (Psalm 127:2) and that Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest!” (Matthew 11:28)  Playing is not “just goofing off.” Taking time for rest, reflection, and recreation is part of learning to take care of ourselves…learning that we must work to live, but we don’t live to work. The very word “recreation” is a compound of the words “re” + “create”–to create again. Play refreshes us and prepared us to be more fruitful when we return to our labors.

This summer, be sure to give your children permission to recreate themselves…and you might be surprised. They might just learn something! 😉