Vacationing to the Glory of God

23 May

This Thursday, Lord willing (I have learned as a Pastor that this is not a trite phrase, but a daily reality), I will go with my family on a brief vacation.  I am looking forward to being away for a few days and was thinking, in light of 1 Co. 10:31, of ways I can honor God in these days away.  I wanted to share some of the things I thought about with you, and perhaps you have other ways to share as well.

1.  I will be thankful to have a vacation.  I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to get away for a few days.  In light of our economy and the many who struggle with health or other problems, to be able to go out of town is a privilege I am very thankful for and do not take lightly.

2.  I will take my Bible on vacation.  I want to take a vacation from the daily routines of life, but I don’t want to take a vacation from God.  I want to keep reading His Word, keep hearing from Him.  Maybe I’ll even have some less hurried moments to just sit in His presence with His Word.

3.  I will go to church on vacation.  I look forward to worshiping with God’s people in another part of the country this coming Sunday.  Just as I will not take a break from God, I will not take a break from fellowship with His people.  I will take time to go online to try to find a God-centered, Bible-preaching church in the area where we will be staying.  This is a joy and not a drudgery.

4.  I will love my family on vacation.  In the midst of daily life with four young children and housework and all the activities of the church, it can be easy for me to relate on a surface level with my family.  Sometimes we have a cordial, cooperative kind of relationship that gets things done but we don’t connect on a very deep level.  On vacation, I will seek to slow down and relate more fully.

5.  I will open my eyes on vacation.    I am determined to become more aware of the glory of God in other people, in what He has made, and in the everyday events of life.

6.  I will guard my heart on vacation.  The battle with sin doesn’t end when I get in the van on Thursday morning.  The routines of life will be disrupted.  This is both a good and potentially harmful thing.  I will seek to be diligent to guard my heart from evil.

These are a few of the things I am thinking about as I prepare for our trip.  I hope, if you get to get away this summer, that you will consider how you can bring glory to God in your time away.

2 Responses to “Vacationing to the Glory of God”

  1. Lynn Duncan May 23, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    What a wonderful reminder to all of us “getting away” in the next few months. Family vacations are a great opportunity to practice compassion by sharing the gospel with others you may never see again in this life. All the more blessed when our children witness our concern for others.

    • jsf08 May 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      Very good additional thought, Lynn.

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