Back from vacation

What, exactly, are you supposed to do on vacation? I mean, how do you know if it was successful? What’s the measure of a good vacation?

What does Jesus say about vacation?

As far as I know, nothing.

However, in his life he would have lived with a balance that doesn’t show up in mine. He would have taken one day in seven to rest, though not legalistically. He would have stopped working at dusk. He would have kept a schedule of feasting that had both solemnity and celebration. He thought nothing of going away from the crowd to think and pray, even when it got in the way of enhancing his reputation. He apparently relaxed enough with his disciples that we read about them arguing with him, something that friends do. He lived a lot of conversations and actions and meals and naps that weren’t considered important enough to be recorded for everyone to read about later, that were intended to be enjoyed in the moment.

I, on the other hand, stretch the edges. I try to multipurpose expereince, capturing the memories with pictures and blog posts and sermon illustrations. I arrive at vacation time and scramble to get work done ahead of time and to catch up on the work afterwards. I feel a need to cram as many experiences into the time not working as possible, so as to redeem the resting time.

And I am not alone, am I?

I spent the last week with my family and my parents. It was a good time. I tried not to think too much about writing, about reading, about working through a pile of necessary expereinces. And I’m trying to understand what a life lived balanced might look like.

I mean, apart from looking a lot like Jesus.

One thought on “Back from vacation

  1. Anna

    I’m not sure if I agree that Jesus’ life was particularly balanced. He did spend time with people he enjoyed. But, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” He was focused. I dare say Jesus had a one track mind. Even when he withdrew to rest and pray, the crowds followed him. Balance would have turned them away. Jesus had compassion. I’m not saying we don’t need rest. What I object to is the tyranny of balance.


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