Vacations: 4 Things to Remember

Vacationing provides a time to get away and relax or have fun.  We can benefit from a change of pace and environment.  Vacations can lead to relationship building with a family, spouse, or friends.  Even God took a break from His labor when He created the world (Gen. 2:2).
While we can benefit from taking a vacation, we must remember the following:
  1. Our walk with God never takes a vacation.  Maintain time with Him.
God doesn’t take a break from us.  He wants us to enjoy life with Him.  Neither does our enemy wait for our vacation to end.  — “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8)
  1. Our lives teach.  Maintain integrity and patience.
Travel headaches, waiting in lines, mounting costs, and other common vacationing stresses can wear on our patience.  We might be tempted to lose our temper or justify lying, cheating, or shortcuts.  Those with whom we vacation are watching and learning.  — “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  (1 Cor. 10:31)
  1. Our church goes on without us.  Maintain giving and prayer support.
Giving should be planned and regular.  Paul exhorted the Corinthian church to “set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up” (1 Cor. 16:2).  When vacationing, give extra the week before you leave or the week after you return.  Or, send your church a check.  Also remember to pray for those continuing on while you are gone.  “Always” in Ephesians 6:18 suggests we should be praying for our fellow believers even while on vacation — “be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
  1. Our opportunities to be a witness expand.  Maintain an outward focus.
Some people use vacation time to take missions trips so the opportunities are obvious.  Taking a fun-filled vacation still provides opportunities to reach out to others if you keep your eyes open.  — “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Col. 4:5-6)

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