Family, Musings

Vacation vs Rest

For the past two weeks I’ve been on vacation.

In our society, when you say your “going on vacation” the natural question is–“Where are you going?”

Last summer as a family (along with my parents, my sister and her kids) we “went on vacation” visiting great canyons and mountains out West.

It was a wonderful trip and while the distance from work was great, I didn’t feel totally refreshed.

This summer we choose to take two week “off.” We have not really gone anywhere (except a few day long activities). Our intent was to rest, spend time as a family, and do projects around the house.

So, some quick observations and lessons:

1. On rest–I realize I do not rest enough. Normally I have not needed much rest. But getting old and dealing with chronic medical issues, I find that I need more rest. It took me several days to wind down (unusual for me).

So I need to rest more.

2. On family–I have two teenage sons, who are developing their own activities that will keep us occupied for the next several years. But we only have several more years to invest and enjoy them before they truly are on their own.

So I need to buy up the time with the boys.

3. Projects–Houses are meant to be lived in, not work on. Well, that’s what I would like to believe. But after five years in our house, we are now replacing everything. (Not really it only seems that way: cloths washer, dishwasher, lawn mower, repairing the water heater, the dryer, broken chairs.) But I did get an office out the work.

So I need to go back to work.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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