Getting ready for time away is always a rush. The deadline is there – a certain day and time by which everything needs to be done. And there are always things that crop up that distract and cost more than anticipated (this week it was a leaky faucet that had to be replaced.)
And the carefully planned budget always spins a bit out of control as there are things we had not planned on or things which call our name and the odd bits turn into major allocations of time and money.
Deciding what to bring and what to leave is another consideration. “What do I truly need?” is the question.
Funny, as I talk about preparing to go away it also sounds a lot like life itself. Deadlines to be met, distractions, unexpected costs, other additions, and choices to be made.
In the end as Jesus often pointed out it all comes down to choices. How will we choose to use our gifts of time, energy, abilities and money? Even a vacation is a series of moral choices about how much we will spend, what we will do, how to best feed our spirit and renew ourselves.
Our hope and plan is that it will be life-giving and restorative so that we can come back refreshed and ready for more mundane choices of hoiw to live out being a follower of Jesus,