One of the most rewarding experiences in life is to vacation, to escape the pressures of human doing to be a human being. By simply being, we can find a state of reflection, relaxation and connect with others that may not happen at the frequency or depth we desire in our everyday lives. God modeled and gifted us the Sabbath day as an example to escape and restore from our labor.
Taking the time to consider and budget for vacation experiences is a wise decision for your health, relationships, and direction. As we navigate life, maturing in our faith and our many roles as servants, husbands and wives, parents, professionals, mentors, coaches, and so much more. We need to be renewed spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Making plans to vacation can be challenging. Finding the time to break away and finances are key drivers for most to experience a vacation. Budgeting is key since you will need to take time off from work and may miss some income unless you have the benefit of paid vacation time. Furthermore, your vacation will need to be funded. Given these considerations, you should plan ahead and steward your finances so that you can have a wonderful vacation experience. Most importantly, we should be seeking the Lord regarding rest from the grind of life. Jesus has an offer for us (Matthew 11:28-30).
I used to view vacation as a burden; I would rather continue to grind at work to ensure outstanding performance and earnings. A ‘no days off mentality’, but I realized that I was missing out on new experiences and connecting with my family and others that would actually energize me more and aid my decision making. Whether you plan a vacation some distance away or a staycation, you need this reprieve in your life.
One of my favorite vacations was renting a beach house for a long weekend with my extended family. There were four generations under one roof, what a blessing. This trip took some coordination and the costs were shared, but it was all worth it. Planning ahead for both big and small vacations opens the possibility. Pray and ask the Lord to lead you accordingly.
In our budget, we save monthly for vacation so there is a budget available to experience this gift. The gift of rest and restoration connecting deeper with God, family, and friends is priceless. The place and amenities are nice, but are icing on the cake so to speak. Taking time away to be with loved ones is the heart of a vacation. I encourage you to prioritize this activity, even if you can’t experience this every year, plan for bi-annual experiences.
I’d love to hear about your thoughts and vacation experiences!