Why Vacations Are Important

DistrictThis past week, Mrs. Jones, Miss E, and I spent a much needed break in New Orleans. We had two goals: good food and good rest. We met the first goal spectacularly, and made a real effort on the second one. The week reminded me why vacations are important: rest, reflection, and realignment.

Rest. Reflect. Realign.

A proper vacation is vitally important to our well-being. This is the first no-pressure, no-schedule vacation we’ve enjoyed as a family. Of course, we cherish our time off with family and friends, but this is a milestone for our little family – our own vacation! And while Miss E and myself had a bout of the sniffles, we all genuinely got some real, no-pressure rest in.

The ThinkerThe thing about rest is that as the stress bleeds out, new mental and spiritual energy begins flowing in. In my case, rest lead to reflection. We are designed as creatures of work and rest. The Sabbath is for man (Mark 2:27). Just as our work should be an act of worship, so should our rest be an act of worship. One of the central aspects of worship is a renewing of our mind’s and soul’s central focus on the primacy of God. So, we reflect. We reflect on how the actions of our thoughts and hands align with the purposes of God.

Mine and Mrs. Jones’ time of reflection lead to realignment. Little Miss E has brought immeasurable joy into our lives. But that time has also been one of full-on SurvivalMode+.* Reflecting and realigning allowed us to begin to shift out of SurvivalMode+ and back into pursuing our calling to make disciples and equip the local church.

Thankfully, realignment doesn’t mean that you or we have to have the full 5 year plan in place by the end of vacation. For us, it meant that we reached a turning point and set a few catalyst goals for defining our family’s mission statement, principles, and values. We decided to make proactivity a fixture in our life. For you, this may look totally different.

Vacations and the Stewardship of Time

French QuarterProper rest is integral to any stewardship. No field can produce indefinitely. No machine can run without maintenance. No person can work without rest. Vacations, retreats, quiet times, and other periods of renewal are vital to our health. God designed us this way. Making the best use of our time means that we allow for periods of productivity and renewal. This balance is the best stewardship of time because it leads to long-term faithfulness and fruitfulness.

 

I’d love to hear from you about your experiences with Rest. Please feel free to leave a comment below. As always, we’d appreciate a Like or Retweet.

*SurvivalMode+, not limited to: a marginally organized house, lack of social life, weird church attendance, a 6:30 bedtime, a 10:30 bedtime, a 1:00 am bedtime, a few new species of unicelluar organisms I’m considering submitting for naming, laundry ninja mastery, a realization that we’ve been chronically sleep deprived for the better part of a decade, crock-pot mastery, cloth diaper scavenger hunt, classic games of “What’s That Smell” and “Where’s That Sock” and “What Day Is It, Again?”

 

 

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