How To Really Be On Vacation

So, I had a conversation with Don on the airplane yesterday. I’m really trying to be on vacation – for real. The next few months are going to be killer and this was the last possible moment that we could steal away for a few days before the madness truly kicks in. It’s difficult to allow your brain to be “off”, though. You all know what I’m talking about. It’s difficult to allow ourselves the opportunity to be slackers.

But I must – I must take advantage of of the next fews days to relax..enjoy family time..enjoy the amazing fall weather they are having up here in Rochester. All of the stuff will still be there waiting for me when I get back.

So – to all of my wonderful friends (and more importantly my amazing family who never stops working), call me if you have a moment and just want to say hi- but I don’t want to talk any business. My brain…my heart…my spirit needs a rest. I won’t be going to church on Sunday morning – I’ll probably be here at Starbucks again doing a bunch of nothing.

Now listen my fabulous friends and collegues – learn to take a break every now and then. Allow yourself the indulgence of focusing solely on your kids on a regular basis. Allow yourself the opportunity to go on a date with your smoochie and leave the cell phone at home. Let yourself be more than your job. We are not our jobs – we are not solely “pastors” or “worship leaders” or “property appraisers” or “secretaries” or whatever your Monday-Friday job dictates. We are so much more than that! We are these amazing beings that have so much to give and so much to receive. Let yourself be more than you are right now. We are always growing, always evolving – His mercies are new every morning so why do we stay in a rut? I don’t want to get to the end of my life and regret that I didn’t go all out. My heart has really been breaking lately because sometimes I don’t see how I am leaving a mark and I desperately want to.

So – that is why I am taking a break – why I don’t want to live my normal life for the next few days. I need to reboot. I’ll be ready to kick some tail come Wednesday morning – but for now I am breathing a little deeper and kissing my son until his cheeks are sore.

Love you all – see you when I get back!


2 Responses to “How To Really Be On Vacation”

  1. 1 Tex Trammel
    October 14, 2007 at 11:36 am

    I told you about getting away a few weeks ago on vacation with Ruthie. We were feeling a number of the things that you expressed so well. We do need time to really unwind and see the beauty of God in all that He given to us in this world. We did things that we have never allowed ourselves the time to do. We got mud baths and then soaked in natural mineral waters in California that come out of the ground at 150°. It was so relaxing! Then we enjoyed the wonders of Lake Tahoe. We even ate breakfast in a casino. It really is amazing how full our lives get that we have to make ourselves relax. The Lord did not rest on the Sabbath for His benefit. He did it to show us that we need to rest. I am finding more and more that rest is more than catching up on sleep. I am getting ready to go to Choir so I better stop. It’s great to hear from your life experiences.
    Tex Trammel

  2. 2 Lynne
    October 16, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    I am so glad you are enjoying your time away. I know you don’t want it to end. Time with Family is always the best! God gave us family for a reason and most of the time we put them on the back burner for other things or responsiblities. So enjoy them and your time with them. Cherish every moment and contiue to take great pics (love the pic of the boy)! See you when you get back. Miss ya 🙂

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