The Vacation I Really Needed…

If any of you think that I am about to subject you to pictures of me in a swimsuit, you can breath a sigh of relief.  I can barely spell speedo much less wear one.  I promise that the blog post below will contain nothing but encouraging words and few family-friendly pictures of our family vacation.

Anyway, this week our family spent a week in Florida on our family vacation.  This vacation is the first for us on a couple of fronts.  It is the first time I willingly agreed to go on vacation in Florida.  Most of the time I protest the idea of sitting in a chair and sweating while my complexion tries to mimic the Red Lobster logo.  Also, it is the first time that we’ve taken off a full week from ministry since we started Revolution Church.  I know it’s sad, but it’s true.

After a week away there are a couple of things that I’ve learned.  Here they are…

1.  I needed a vacation more than I realized.  The last five years of ministry have not been easy.  They’ve been good years, but they have been tough.  They’ve been tough, because planting a church is tough work.

2.  I needed to reconnect with my family.  Over the last few months, I have had several extra duties thrust upon due to the sheer demands of ministry.  I needed this time to reconnect with my family and let them know that we are in this together.

3.  I needed some perspective.  There is nothing better than staring into the vast oceans that God created to gain perspective on how small our problems really are.  They are but a drop in the bucket compared to all that God manages.

4.  I needed to spend time with God.  There are no excuses to not pray and study, when you have nothing to do but chill.  Over this past week I have spent quite a bit of time praying, reading and reflecting on my relationship with God.  I’ve learned a lot about me and even more about Him.

5.  I needed to spend some time with God about the vision of Revolution Church.  Over the last few days I have been able to hear from God in a way that I have not in the last few months.  I has been refreshing, powerful and exciting. I can’t wait to share with the Revolution Church the things that God has been stirring in my heart.

As a result I am committing to take more time off and away from ministry.  I have four weeks of vacation time for next year.  I plan on taking all of them in 2015.  I will need it, and so will you.  So, make vacation a priority.  It doesn’t have to cost much at all – ours didn’t.

So, let me roll a few pictures of my family on vacation.  I know it’s kinda corny, but bare with me.

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