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Making Fridays Work

Fridays are my day off.  I get occasional Saturdays, but for the most part Fridays are my day away.  I’m not a workaholic guy, and find it pretty easy to delegate important things to other days of my week.  However, I do follow these simple keys to getting away from the normal:

  1. Sleep it off.  There are just times that we have to allow ourselves to sleep more.  For me, Fridays can be it.  If not in the morning, then an afternoon nap will have to suffice.
  2. Read.  And by read, I mean fiction.  I’m learning that I am more creatively inspired by fiction than most anything else I put my eyes to.  I’m often surprised by the amount of leaders that don’t make time to read fiction.  It’s full of story, conflict, emotion, and intrique.  Take the time to rest your brain, by enjoying all the great literary works out there.
  3. Be Married.  (This one is for those of you married, if not married then please don’t run out and buy a Craigslist wife.) My day of rest is not a day away from my wife.  I often find myself resting by knocking out those things my wife needs from me.  Everything from Oil Changes, to cleaning the garage, to vaccuuming the carpet can help me keep the health between my woman and I!  I’ll also add that Friday nights make a great time to get away to the Drive-In with the lady and watch a late night movie and share popcorn!
  4. Be a Father.  My day of rest is not a day away from my kids.  In fact, I try and spend time with my kids in new ways on my day off.  It could be getting a Redbox movie for the boys, taking a walk with my daughter, enjoying cheap Ice Cream with all three of them, or  just making it a day that I give myself to my family completely.
  5. Create.  On many of my days of rest, I like to write.  For instance, this post here was written on a Friday.  I find that when my emails, phone calls, and calendar duties are put off; I can finally find the place to express myself creatively.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.