I am pleased to bring you the exclusive online presentation of "Barriers to Joy" by Rev. Dr. Trey Kuhne, LMFT. I will publish this five part series over the next several Wednesdays, and I hope that it is helpful to you. Of course, I want to thank Dr. Kuhne for allowing me to present this series to you on my blog. Here is Part One:
During this new series called Barriers to Joy, I will be addressing various topics of interest that interfere with the active, intentional experience in, of, and by joy in our life, be that spiritual, mental, or physical joy.
The first barrier that I want to share is the lack of recreation in one's life. Some many interpret recreation to be fun activities and vacations, but the term recreation literally is “re- creation” or to create again. Without recreation in our lives, we dry up. When we fail to recognize the need to be re-created and energized in our mind, body, and spirit, we reject the renewal of the Lord in our lives.
Look at creation and the seasons of the year for us in South Carolina. We experience the spring blossoming, the heat, the falling leaves and dying of trees and plants, the cold of winter all of which create all the necessary elements to bring forth the blossoming spring once again. Creation is renewed every year.
We need physical activity to energize our bodies. We need mental activities to calm the busyness of the mind and we need spiritual exercises that call us to the peace, love, faith, and joy that only God can provide.
Can you hear yourself as you read this article? You are saying, “I sure wish I could take some time off and do some recreation. That would be really nice, but I have to work to feed the kinds, to pay the bills, to keep going. I would love to re-create but…..”
I would like to propose that lack of scheduled and managed recreation in one's life is a direct product of lack of joy in one's life. Some are fortunate to have their employment emulate fun and joy, but even those fortunate need to leave their place of work and be re-created.
This first barrier is a challenge to the reader to re-evaluate themselves. Are you recreating in your life? Are you tending to yourself well? Are you being a good steward of your mind, body, and spirit by participating in renewal and recreational opportunities?
Make a new resolution now. Enjoy some time off for yourself. I promise there will be joyful benefits that will come. Eliminate this first barrier from your life and you will be the better for it for the long term!
In His grace and peace,
Dr. Trey Kuhne is a pastoral counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist with Pathways Pastoral Counseling located at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 400 Dupre Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307. He specializes in working with individuals, couples and families. Call (864) 542-3019 for an appointment. He may be reach via email at: [email protected].