4 Reasons Vacationing is Important


Thanksgiving was a time of rest and relaxation for me. I traveled back home with my wife and 7 month old son. It was an adventure. An ice storm threatened to keep us grounded and Camden’s first flight. Did I mention he is 7 months old?

When I started my vacation, I decided I was actually going to vacation. I wasn’t going to work remotely. Instead I would leave my work at home, avoid emails, and let my blog go dormant (you might have noticed).

For the most part, I succeeded. There were a few odds and ends I had to take care of. A bit of forward planning for my Christmas series. But mostly I vacationed. As I did, I realized how important it is to take time off. With that said, I want to give you 4 reasons vacationing is important.

4 Reasons Vacationing is Important

(1) It gives you time with your family.

The demands of work, especially work as a pastor, can easily monopolize your time. Vacation gives you an opportunity to put your family first, catch up on what’s been going on, and be there to enjoy every moment with your family.

(2) It provides time for some much needed fun.

Having fun is important and some could even argue necessary. Reports have shown those who laugh live longer than those who don’t. What better time to laugh and have fun than on vacation.

(3) It recharges you.

I love what I do. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Even so, pushing hard week in and week out can be draining. It wears on you, which is why you need time to recharge.

(4) It allows your mind and body to recuperate. 

Preparing sermons, writing, and counseling take a toll on your mental faculties. It wears them out, which is why vacation is important. It gives your mind and body time to rest and recuperate, allowing you to work at 100% again.

Question for Reflection

  1. What reasons would you add?

Marriage Needs a Vacation

This last week was spring break for me.  My wife and I took a trip to Fredericksburg, TX, in order to rest, relax, play, and shop.  Ok, the shopping part was not me, it was her, but hey, she deserved it.

Anyways, as we accomplished our week of relaxation, I learned that time away from home with our wives is important.  With all the stresses of seminary and ministry work, we need a time to recharge our marriages.  Spending time away from the computer, telephone, and books is a must, and I decided to put all those aside during our retreat.

The outcome was no less than the development of a closer relationship with my wife, as we took time to just talk without the distractions of school, work, or our busy schedules. As we walked through the quaint shops of Fredericksburg, we simply enjoyed each others company, something we all to often put aside at home in favor of the computer, television, or our favorite blog.

So men, my charge is to take your wife on vacation, just the two of you, lock away the computer, turn off the television, and talk to your wife.  Your marriage will be all the better for it.