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This morning is day one following an incredible beach vacation with my my wife, Theresa and our two sons Dylan (18) and Tyler (13). Beach vacations are just different, aren’t they? So much more relaxing and introspective than other trips you may go on that are full of activity. I’m wired more for the later, but I realized this past week, that regardless of where you go, we must use this time purposefully. The busyness of life, the pressures of work demand this time to regenerate!
There is no secret formula for a purpose driven vacation (sounds like work already, doesn’t it!). But here are a few suggestions for you to consider:
- Marriage – if you are married, find ways to spend time together. A walk on the beach. A bike ride. Help with the grocery store haul.
- Children – regardless of age, what a special time to laugh, to play, to explore, to challenge, to talk.
- Read – pick two good books to read. I read two fantastic books that I highly recommend. The first, Lead…For God’s Sake, I listened to on the long drive to Florida when my family was sleeping or otherwise “plugged in”. The second, Love Works, I read early in the morning or on the beach.
- God – what an incredible time to get up early and pray and read the Bible. It is an especially good time to just listen. What are you hearing about your marriage, your children, your friends, your work?
- Body – this may be counterintuitive for some, but I love exercising on vacation. Maybe it’s a long run, or a hike, or a bike ride. It’s a time that your mind is more open and free to listen and think and smile.
- Ideas – I find that when I am mixing in all of the above, God seems to open my mind to fresh ideas and perspectives.
- Rest – doing all of these things can’t create busyness and stress. Just the opposite is true. Relax. Take a deep breath. Feel the joy of creation and the blessings of your life!
We lead active, fast paced lives. May God bless you richly with some time to rest and connect with family, friends, and the one that created us.
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My wife works at the airport here in Northwest Arkansas (XNA). She said yesterday was probably one of the worst days she has ever had and she has worked there for almost four years. It was a combination of things that made it difficult, but the hardest was having to tell people who had bought their tickets sometimes months ago that there were no more seats available. Anyway, I spent a large chunk of the afternoon waiting around for her and my daughter to fly out for a quick spring break trip. As I waited, it was interesting to observe the people, especially the business travelers looking not at all thrilled to be flying with all these families, kids, etc. I know that many of you can totally relate.
As I observed many of these people trying to get out of here yesterday, it made me think about the challenges that go with jobs requiring constant business travel. I know this may be fun or exciting for some, especially at the beginning, but most report this wears off quickly and they would love to be able to stay home. The constant travel hassles, hotel life and being away from friends and family really take their toll over time. Often times we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations with constant temptation to let down our guard when traveling. I have talked to several over the years that gave in to those temptations and ended up terribly regretting what it cost them.
Most of you probably know someone who headed out on the road yesterday or this morning. Pray for these co-workers and for the situations they may encounter this week. It would probably be a tremendous encouragement to them if you texted or emailed them a note letting them know that they are in your prayers today. Most likely they never got a message like that and it may be just what they need to get through another business trip this week.
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