This morning we are leaving for vacation. For most people, this is one of the most exciting times of their year. It is a time to get away from work; away from the regular pressures of life; away from stress; and away with the family. For most people, it is something that is looked forward to throughout the year. For most people, it is what they work the rest of the year for. It's vacation.
I'm not most people!
Don't get me wrong. I am very much looking forward to driving down to North Carolina today. We will be staying with some family in Winston-Salem for a few days and then heading on over to Carolina Beach. This will be the first time that my children will have the opportunity to swim in the ocean. That's exciting. We will spend about a week there and then make our way back to Winston-Salem for a few days before coming back to Ohio. It should be a good time.
But if I am honest, there is a bit of me that is hesitant when it comes to vacations. I'm not very good at them. This is really going to sound strange to most of you, but I do not always enjoy getting away from the office. There certainly are things I am ready for a break from. And while I say that I am looking forward to getting away with the family, I generally get bored really fast when I have nothing to do. I sort of thrive when it is pressured situations. I feel productive. And I certainly like structure. But not many of those things are found on vacations. I know, call me weird. I am strange.
But even with these weird thoughts, I am going to do my best this year to relax and have fun with the family. In order to do this, I have come up with a few goals for vacation. Here goes.
- Spend quality time in conversation with my wife as we drive a couple thousand miles.
- Laugh with my children.
- Read some genre of books that I normally wouldn't read.
- Sleep in past 8 a.m. one day.
- Get only a very light sunburn.
- Share the gospel at least once.
- Play some basketball and baseball with the kids.
- Turn off my email and cell phone for long periods of time.
- Listen to several sermons by some of my favorite preachers.
- Read the book of Hebrews several times.
- Eat some good Carolina barbecue.
I don't know if I will accomplish these things. I just hope and pray that I could shut off my mind from the normal pressures of pastoral ministry for a few days to enjoy my family. I sure would appreciate your prayers in that regard.
But don't turn away from the blog as I do have some pretty cool things scheduled to post over the next two weeks. You are not going to want to miss it.