Vacations are a wonderful thing.
This passed week I got to spend a five days in the mountains of North Carolina attending my niece’s wedding, my mother’s surprise 85th birthday and then spent some quality time with my family on beautiful Chatuge Lake.
Vacations are so important because they allow us to disconnect from the machinations of our daily bustle focusing on work, bills, schedules, appointments and meetings and they give us an opportunity to refocus on those aspects of our lives that really matter… family, friends, loved ones and, equally as important, time for ourselves.
As I sat on the inner-tube in the lake, watching my family laugh and play, I wondered why we often wait until vacations to really appreciate the most important things in our lives?
And how quickly our priorities can become reversed.
Yes, we need to pay bills and make appointments and do our job. And, yes, that can often take the majority of each of our days.
But we shouldn’t forget why we work and why we pay our bills… for those people most important in our lives.
And, at night, as I stood outside the mountain cabin and gazed upon the infinite amount of stars flickering in the night sky, I couldn’t help but ponder just how insignificant all of our worries and activities are here on Earth.
I was reminded that our ONLY focus on Earth should be to get to Heaven. That the daily distractions that fill our lives are also daily distractions away from our primary goal, to know and follow Jesus Christ.
Just as vacations remind us of how important family is in our lives, it should also remind us how important God should be in our lives.
As I breathed the cool mountain air I remembered what Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Mark… “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”
This past vacation made me appreciate the need to not only reconnect with my family, but to also reconnect with my faith, with my Lord.
And to stop allowing the daily distractions in the “real world” to steal my focus from my loved ones and my savior.