Next week, Kira and I have planned for our family to be on vacation. We had made these plans months ago when the uncertainty of what would be was a reality. We knew that whatever we planned might not happen. Guess what… our plans have changed many times, but the one thing that has remained is that we are still taking next week off from work to rest and unwind. I’m especially looking forward to not having my phone with me or any kind of social media. Our whole family is taking a break from technology, news, texts, and emails. 

Time off is needed for productivity, and it’s even Biblical. 

Mark 6:30-32 – The apostles *gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He *said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

Notice that the apostles had already put in their time of work. When they gathered together, they told Jesus all they had accomplished. Jesus realized after that work, it was time for a vacation. He encouraged them to get away by themselves to a secluded place and rest. They needed that time because of how busy they were. They were so busy they had not even had time to eat. Now that’s a full schedule! The apostles responded by obeying precisely what Jesus commanded them. 

The moral of the story… work so hard so that when you step back and look at your productivity, you realize you need a secluded place. It’s good for you!

I love you,