7 Ideas to Finish the School/Ministry Year Well

I think this time of year is even crazier than Christmastime. It happened to me again yesterday. I was adding something into my calendar only to find the time already blocked off for some other year-end thing. The amount of stuff going on during April and May is crazy making.

I try to stay in the moment but it’s difficult not worrying that I’ll forget to send in the permission slip for Field Day at school or worse that I’ll forget to show up to run the relay at Field Day. Volunteering, attending year-end concerts and programs and awards ceremonies, sitting at all day dance recital dress rehearsals-my stomach is churning just thinking about everything I need to do between now and the end of the year. And I keep thinking about 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” How do I fight the good fight and finish this year well?

Here are 7 ideas I have found helpful over the past 14 years:

  • Breathe:

It will be okay, you will make it to summer. Take a few deep breaths and remember that the relationships in your life are what’s important, not the tasks.

  • Give Yourself Grace:

You will probably forget something: forget to do something, send something, be somewhere. Try not to beat yourself up. God is present with you, even (maybe especially) when you don’t have it all together.

  • Give Your Kids Grace:

Your kids also have a lot they are juggling this time of year. So, the next time someone forgets their shin guards at home try to give grace instead of a lecture. Grace doesn’t have to mean running home to get the shin guards for them. Facing the consequences with the coach or having to play without them can be a great lesson. But they probably don’t need the lecture on top of the natural consequences.

  • Thank Some People:

It can feel like another task on your to-do list but there are people in your family’s life that have invested in your kids this year. Maybe it was their Sparks leader, coach, teacher, or Sunday School helper. It will mean a lot to them if you remember to thank them. Better yet, have your kids write a simple note or send a text and thank the person in their own words.

  • Plan Something Fun for Summer:

Anticipation is a big part of what makes an activity fun. What is something your family loves to do over the summer? Can you start making plans now? Even if it’s just starting to talk as a family about when you’ll do it and what it might be like this year.

  • Be Present:

It’s so easy to focus on documenting all the year end stuff that you find you’ve watched it all from behind your camera or phone. These are fleeting moments and great to capture but don’t forget to take some time to watch them “live.”

  • Breathe:

Did I mention to take a breath? You are not imagining it-this time of year is hard. So take a breath and remind your friends to take a breath. Lean into each other, don’t do this time of year alone.

What’s your best advice for finishing the year well?

Lisa Bohn

Lisa Bohn

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