I know I have been M. I. A. over the past several weeks. The reason is because I have been on a Staycation. Yep, this is a word which appeared in our vocabulary several years ago which is for a vacation that is taken at home. There are several reasons why a person may take a staycation, but probably many of them boils down to money or kids being in school. For me, I am thankful for some time off and here are a few things that happened (or learned) while I was away from the office.
First, I enjoyed the time with my wife. It has been over 15 years for us together and I still enjoy spending time with her. I pray that our relationship grows stronger and deeper in ways I can't understand yet. I realize that while I get a vacation from my responsibilities, she did not. In fact, her responsibilities probably increased as she had another kid at home to take care of . . . ME!
Second, I spent time with the kids. We wrestled on the floor. We played games. We did some hitting in the batting cage (did I mention I put an indoor batting cage in my garage?). I loved every minute I had with them this past week.
Third, I did a little bit of reading. Not as much as I had hoped or wanted to do, but I did spend a little bit of time reading. I have sort of been in a weird place when it comes to reading the past several months. I have not read as much as I normally do. I have several books that I am most of the way through, but haven't felt the urge to finish them. The one book I made most of the way through on vacation is One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian. Great book, very encouraging. Review coming soon.
Fourth, I did very few home projects. I wanted to do more, but just wasn't motivated. Yesterday, I did more than the previous week combined. As I was working outside yesterday, I thought to myself, "I wish I would have done this earlier in my staycation." Anyone ever feel like that before? Yea, I bet.
Fifth, I realize I love television way too much. It is way to easy for me to sit and watch TV shows upon TV shows when I have nothing else planned. Add in Netflix and it is a bad combination for me. But I guess if you are going to be lazy, a staycation is the time to do it.
Sixth, I am not sure I know how to relax. Everyone kept asking me if I was relaxing. I'm not sure what that means. Honestly. I guess I could imagine a situation away from everyone laying on a beach with a book in hand while the waves gently crash upon the shore. But apart from that, I'm a bit unsure about relaxation. I guess it has something to do with no distractions. But my mind hardly ever shuts off, which is a battle. I guess for me, there is a fine line between relaxing and laziness. If you define it lazy, then yes, I relaxed.
Seventh, I turned a year older. Yep, I hit the big 40 on Friday. I think I did better handling this birthday than I have with others in the past. Hopefully, the Lord will give me grace upon grace in the coming years as I try to serve Him more passionately. Thank you for all the birthday wishes, cards, and gifts.
Eighth, I didn't shave. #NoShaveNovember is in full swing.
Today I'm back at work. I will be trying to catch up with what happened the past week. Meeting with people. Planning the next several months. Studying for more sermons. Praying for people. In some ways, I'm glad to be back. I do love my job. I pray God uses this week, and the coming ones, to sharpen my resolve and heart for Him.
"Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith--to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen." (Romans 16:25-27)