Taking a vacation?

Well, as you can tell from the frequency of new posts, we're caught up in the summer schedule around here.  Between moving back to our property from the school for the summer and the varied vacations and trips, we haven't taken time to write.  It is, however, time to break that trend before it becomes a habit and we stop posting altogether.  So, having just returned from vacation myself, I wanted to remind myself and perhaps you as well about what makes a great vacation (hint, it's not so much where you go or what you do as how you do it).  I've come up with the following:

1.  Vacation is not about unplugging from everything and doing nothing.  It's about getting away from the normal routine and regular workload, and spending that time with Christ, family, and friends.  Real refreshment does not come from zoning out, but refocusing on what's really important.

Be not wise in your own eyes;
   fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
   and refreshment to your bones.(Proverbs 3:7-8)

2.  Relax.  Nothing ever goes exactly as planned...ever.  We choose whether to get worked up about it or say "oh well" and adjust as needed.  Getting worked up only stresses us out and makes those around us terribly uncomfortable.

3.  Love the people you're with.  We're human and flawed so at some point someone is going to get on our nerves.  We have to remind ourself why we love that person.  And keep in mind, there's a really good chance you're annoying them or someone else worse than they're annoying you.

4.  And once more because it bears repeating, RELAX.  We have to get over ourselves.  Most of what we get worked up about just isn't that important.

Vacations are incredible blessings from God that He doesn't have to give us.  When He does provide in such a way that we're able to take them we should respond in such a way that worships Him well.  I hope you all are blessed with family and friends and great vacations this summer!

Mike