We made it through another week. We have two days off work, and are free to use that time as we please. Well if you don’t count getting the bills paid, getting groceries, cleaning, running errands, going to church, and a million other things that wait for us on the weekend.

If we plan our weekend we can ensure that we fit in time to do some things that will prepare us for another week. We can regain composure, clarity, and assess our life and career. If we don’t life will just keep going by, and we can get on a trajectory that takes us far away from our values, and goals.

Here are some things that can help us stay on track, and prepare us for the week ahead:

1. Take time to re-connect with God. Carve out some time to sit quietly, read through Scripture, and meditate on God. He is really what this is all about. It’s so hard to stay close to Him during the week. The weekend is a great time to commune with Him.
2. Develop you. God made you for a purpose. He made you to accomplish something. Make your mark on the world. That something may have nothing to do with your job. If you don’t know what it is start assessing your life and find out what it is. If you do, then do something every weekend to develop you. Develop the person God made you to be outside of being an employee, parent, child, and spouse. For me that is writing. What is it for you?
3. Set goals for the next week. In small, consistent and powerful ways people can begin to define us throughout the week. Eat this cookie, have a piece of chocolate, let’s go to lunch, let’s do this after work, let’s go on this trip. Are these activities helping you achieve your goals for your life? Set goals for the next week that help you develop your relationship with God, achieve your personal goals, and help you stay on track in life and in your career.
4. Enjoy life. This one is for me. I am so task and goal oriented that I often forget to enjoy life. I actually have to schedule things to do that I enjoy. No matter how hard life is right now we can find something to do that we enjoy. For me it is reading, writing, exercising, and BBC mysteries. What is it for you?

For seven years I managed a nonprofit. God called me there to change and grow the organization, and I did that. I also lost myself in the process, neglected important relationships, stopped enjoying life, and though I was in full time ministry I lost communion with God.

When God made it clear it was time for me to leave the nonprofit I was exhausted, my health was failing, my relationships were waning, and I had completely lost my identity. All of this happened because I let life happen, and didn’t take time to assess who I was, where I was going, and determine how I was going to get there.

I don’t want that to happen to you. This is your life. We only get to do this one time. Take control of it, and ensure that you are accomplishing what you were meant to do.

Marcy Pedersen

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