Pull up a chair, pour a drink, and enjoy 8 minutes' rest

Rest and refresh with 12 specially written reflections for clergy families in ministry.

Every month of 2018 you'll find a new Rejuven8 reflection with a video or song to give you a moment to stop and refresh before heading out into the busyness of ministry and everyday life.

Our grateful thanks to our guest writer, Reverend Mike Flynn -
and his great relaxing drink suggestion!

2018 Rejuven8: March
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil allthe days of the life God has given them under the sun. - Ecclesiastes 8:15

When I first wrote this, it seemed a bit odd to be addressing at this time on the calendar. But when Ithought it over, I realised how true to the message of the Easter it is. Jesus‟ sacrifice has given us the opportunity not only to enjoy a relationship with God, but also the life He has graciously given us.

I love the honesty and truth in this particular verse. From a wise man, who has been given all God‟s gifts, this is his conclusion.While he acknowledges the good (which sounds a bit like an Australian summer to me!), he also suggests that joy will travel with you through your toil. Sometimes it can be hard to find the joy if the work or ministry seems difficult. I know for me, I often find I need a few reminders to get me through the harder days and busier seasons.

This month, I wanted to share two ways I try to carry joy with me. The first is a reminder. I keep a beautiful image on my phone of a small boy playing a recorder to a kitten in an alleyway. It's entitled: “The size of your audience doesn’t matter, keep up the good work” (see the picture in the Rejuven8 eBook!) It helps remind me that God not only sees my work, but also that there‟s joy in the ministry and life He‟s given me (even if there are times when creating the church newsletter or finishing the ironing in the wee hours of the morning seems tedious!).

My second is reminder is laughter. Sometimes issues that come up in ministry seem small and a bit silly – who cleans the toilets after youth group, serving the right fruitcake at morning tea, or if the church flowers might give someone an allergic reaction. Sometimes it helps me to ease the tension with a smile or laugh, like this fun video from clergy worker and comedian, Adrian Plass, who understands how to appreciate the silliness of life! I‟ll be praying you have a joyful March and blessed Easter season.

- Blessings, Rachel