I really like vacations. If my checking account was up to the challenge, I’m pretty sure I would be a professional vacationer. I’d have business cards and letter head and everything. I can see it now: Randy Impson, Professional Vacationer.
Alas, my checking account isn’t up to the challenge so I take vacations less frequently than I might wish. But having just enjoyed a week away with Denise and the kids I was reminded of an odd end-of-vacation phenomenon. Namely, it’s the post-vacation blues. You know, it’s that “Well, heck, now it’s back to real life” feeling.
I definitely had that feeling today as I headed to work and the mountains of emails and voice mails that awaited. But an unexpected thing happened at lunch. I found myself hanging out with some Portico Church folks and, in the conversation that ensued, was reminded that everything we do is to be done as “unto the Lord.” (Col. 3:23) I have to admit that conversation had nothing to do with my post vacation blues but I couldn’t stop thinking about it through the remainder of the day.
Take a second to look up that verse and dwell on its meaning. It says that everything I do should be done as though it is for the benefit of the One who redeemed and rescued me. So, if I am on vacation, I should vacation as though it is for the Lord. If I am returning to “real life,” I should do it as though it is for the Lord.
Whatever I am doing and wherever I am doing it, it should be done for the Lord. Do you feel the weight of that statement? WHATEVER I am doing and WHEREVER I am doing it, it should be done for the Lord!
I need to make some improvements in how well I apply that verse to my life. How about you?