I am writing this entry as I begin the day before Thanksgiving. I am taking a vacation day to go up to Orlando and play golf with my father in law. The rest of the family will come in later this afternoon. (This is good – with adult children, I am learning that a couple of vehicles is essential to getting everyone around.) I was thinking this morning, what makes for a good vacation day from the pastoral perspective. I gave myself a 5 minute time limit and here is what I came up with randomly.
1. No phone calls about church business.
2. Emergency calls are part of being a pastor and are ok.
3. No major decisions need to be made today.
4. If I am on vacation, then someone who isn’t on vacation can handle the details. I believe in you that much and you can do it. I would do the same for you.
5. It is nice to not be the responsible for the group for a change.
6. I love being with my wife and children.
7. A few days away allows me to get a different perspective on so many things.
8. I don’t need much rest but whatever I get, I appreciate it.
9. I do miss the church and the people when I am not there – it really is an amazing place.
10. Did I mention no phone calls about church business?
Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful that I get to do a job/ ministry I love with all my heart with people who are so gifted and talented. You make the ministry a journey worth taking every day.