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Family Vacation

on June 28, 2012

I am leaving with my husband today on a vacation. We’ll be going to the Outer Banks for his family reunion and then on to Buffalo, NY to see my family. I’m excited to see family that we haven’t seen since our wedding (it’s been 6 months) and relaxing on the beach as well, but I’ve gotta say…I feel pretty guilty.

Being in a ministry job, I feel like I’m letting my church, and God down for going away for a week and a half. So I started to do some research. Is it a good idea to go on a vacation? Am I letting people down by going? Why do I even needd to go on vacation? Are there any benefits to going on a vacation? After pouring through different articles…here’s what I found:

“Works causes your body to be under stress, though you may or may not realize it. Stress takes its toll in part on our body’s ability to resist infection, maintain vital functions, and even ability to avoid injury. When you’re stressed out and tired, you are more likely to become ill, your arteries take a beating, and you’re more likely to have an accident. Your sleep will suffer, you won’t digest your food as well, and even the genetic material in the cells of your body may start to become altered in a bad way. Mentally, not only do you become more irritable, depressed, and anxious, but your memory will become worse and you’ll make poorer decisions. You’ll also be less fun to be with, causing you to become more isolated, lonely, and depressed.”

So, basically – We all need to take a break every once in a while…Are vacations really the cure?

“Vacations have the potential to break into the stress cycle. We emerge from a successful vacation feeling ready to take on the world again. We gain perspective on our problems, get to relax with our families and friends, and get a break from our usual routines.”

And Vacations are a great way to get yourself re-energized and excited about work. Now what about that guilt?

You can afford a vacation but your neighbor, co-worker, or best friend can’t. The point of a vacation is to rid yourself from as much guilt as possible. If you are so distressed about taking a trip, maybe there’s something else holding you back. Alternatively, you can decide to donate some of your budget originally intended for travel to a charitable cause.”

What we really need to focus on is: vacations are good (as long as you’re not taking one every two weeks or so…), don’t be guilty as long as everything is in order, and make sure you are re-energized for work when you come back…and I think that you should make your relationship with God a focus on your vacation. After all, sabbath times are meant for making our hearts match His.

What’s your next vacation? And how can you glorify God through that time?




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