Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

During the course of this coming week please consider your Social Life

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6; We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. –  Romans 15: 1-2

Following are some questions to guide you through this topic:

  1. Does your social life feel like it is in balance with the other parts of life? Is your social calendar so full that it crowds out other parts of life or perhaps your spiritual life? Conversely are you so focused on work or other activities that you seldom take time to interact with others?
  2. If this area is balanced, how might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger?
  3. When you do socialize do your conversations reflect the encouragement of Colossians 4:6?   Are there negative or unhealthy patterns in your conversations that you can identify that need to be removed? How might you go about removing them?
  4. What steps might you take to incorporate more grace and salt into your social conversations? Are there practices or habits you could add to refocus your time or energy here to add more balance?
  5. Can you name within this area what gives you great joy and energy? As well as what gives you disappointment and exhaustion? (Knowing these will help you know what energizes you, and what drains you, so you can get done what drains and focus on what energizes.)