Some of us are on vacation. Some are just returning. Others are hoping to take a break soon…but all of us need to take some time off in order to be refreshed. Recently, I came across some different thoughts about vacations:

  • No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. – Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance. – Unknown
  • A period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need. – Unknown
  • A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. – Robert Orben
  • A vacation should be just long enough that your boss misses you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you. – Unknown
  • I have never believed that vacations are luxuries. They are our necessities–just like shelter, clothes, and food, they make us feel like humans and not like animals that care only for survival. – Alexander Babinets
  • If you come home as happy as you leave, you have had a good vacation. – Unknown
  • I’m not wild about holidays. They always seem a ludicrously expensive way of proving there’s no place like home. – Jilly Cooper
  • It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it’s how you spend the time. – David Brenner
  • Laughter is an instant vacation. – Milton Berle

God designed the world to have a sense of rhythm between work and rest. One day in the week should be set aside for rest and worship. While we don’t find a mandatory holiday period in the Bible, we do read about the festivals and feasts that God’s people kept. God knew we would need time away from the same routine or our busy schedules.
In the Gospels, we read, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31)
So whether you get a day off or a couple of weeks, make sure you have a chance to be refreshed! There’s no guilt in enjoying some moments off.

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