In part 1 and part 2 of Resting Well, we shared some ways that students could make the most of their break to grow spiritually. In our final post on this theme, here are some more recommendations from Ouachita faculty & staff.
Shane Seaton, Recreational Life
I would encourage students to take a break from technology for an extended period of time, whether for a day or several days. I regularly practice this as part of my Sabbath each week. I usually do something as simple as not getting on social media or mindlessly browsing the internet. However, for an even better experience I would recommend a complete fast from technological entertainment. Read a book instead of your twitter feed. Take a walk without posting anything to Instagram. Watch squirrels play instead of a movie. It doesn’t matter what you do. The most important part is being intentional with how you fill your time. Replace the time you spend on technology with experiences that focus on God. Read something that will draw you closer to Him. Pray while you walk. Have a conversation with a friend while watching the squirrels. Make time to listen to God and he will speak to you.
Lisa Sells, President’s Office
Some years, my Christmas break has been great. Sometimes, for various reasons, it has felt long and disappointing. Sometimes the gifts don’t quite work out right, or family dynamics are quite right, or the need to be merry on cue doesn’t fit with the overall season of my life. One thing that has helped me to grow less dependent upon how Christmas Day “feels” is through reading the appointed Advent and Epiphany lectionary readings. This focused six weeks of selected Bible passages has become one of my most treasured holiday traditions. One easy place to find the lectionary is at https://www.lectionarypage.net.
Anna Rosenthal, Campus Ministries
The Christmas season has days that are jam packed with family and friends and other days with nothing to do. Take advantage of both kinds of times. When you are with people, try to be engaged in conversation: ask good questions, be interested in their lives, enjoy “normal” time just hanging out and playing board games.
The flip side is the quieter moments with nothing to do. See these moments when you have “nothing” to do as gifts from God. Spend these times doing something you enjoy: baking, journaling, reading, biking, listening to music. What helps refresh you personally? Rest doesn’t have to be boring!
I recommend this blog post by Sandra Glahn. It has re-framed the way that I view breaks.