I humbly offer the following for your consideration-
“I’m a man on a mission. We recently packed the kids into the family van and headed off for vacation spots. No phones, no meetings, just relaxation. However, I forgot to tell that to my brain.
I get mission-oriented, even on vacation. We have to rush to get to the next place. ‘No dawdling allowed,’ I tell my family. ‘After all, we’re on vacation! We’ve got to hurry to get there. And for heaven’s sake, can’t you people wait a little longer between bathroom stops? Just forty-six more miles until we can stop at a gas station that has a fast food restaurant. But we can’t stop for long. Those other cars will pass us on the interstate. They’ll get to our destination before we do. If I have calculated this correctly, and I think I have, we can be in and out in approximately 13.5 minutes. Okay, we’re almost to the gas station. Everyone get ready…Roll, roll, roll!’ And the only thing rolling is my wife’s eyes.
A vacation isn’t just about getting some place, it’s about enjoying the time together. The vacation isn’t so much a destination as it is a journey.
We often think of joy as a destination. ‘I’ll be happy,’ we say to ourselves, ‘when I get that promotion, or reach that goal, or accomplish that feat.’ But I am beginning to realize that joy, like that vacation, is not so much a destination as it is a journey.”
What do you think?
-Excerpt from the book “Seven Steps to Becoming a Healthy Christian Leader” by Doug Munton