A Summer Rest: Play
Chris Seeby | Executive Pastor
In this second part of our 4-part series: “A Summer Rest”, RADIUS Church Executive Pastor, Chris Seeby takes us through some ways to make our summer family vacations more effective.
When you hear the word “Summer”, “Vacation” is sure to be in close proximity. The idea of taking time off during these warmest months of the year is almost required in our day and time. Next week the school year will end in Lexington and it’s almost impossible to engage someone in conversation without being asked, “Do you have plans for Summer Vacation?”
Summer Vacation is something I’ve learned to value more and more. The idea of getting my family away from our normal routine so that we can engage in fun, rest, and resetting our family’s DNA is very important to me. As many of us begin to set aside time on the calendar for those vacation days I thought it would be helpful if you’d consider the following:
1. Purposed Vacations
Each vacation can have it’s own purpose. If you’ve been in a busy season and you need to rest, then plan a restful vacation. If you have the desire for adventure, then plan an adrenaline-filled vacation. If you think it’s best for your family to remember where you’re from, plan a vacation that allows you to expose your family to relatives, previous hometowns, etc. Regardless of what you’re doing – be purposed with your vacation.
2. Strategic Vacations
Think about your vacation with some strategy. If you like solitude, don’t invite extra families to join you. If you are tight on funds, don’t go to a city that is expensive for dining and entertainment. If you struggle with body image or with controlling your eyes, don’t go to places where people spend the majority of their time in bathing suits. If you’re not in great physical condition, don’t plan a trip that requires excessive walking or ascending / descending tremendous elevations.
All too often we return from our vacations with a “less-than” feeling. I speculate that if we are more strategic in our planning we may receive more reward from our vacations.
3. Communicate Vacations
We live in a connected world. I’m surprised at how many people spend 8-10 hrs / day on their devices then go on vacation and express frustration that the same device will not stop interrupting them while they are away. When preparing to leave for vacation we should tell others we’re going to be away and engage the “out of office” feature on our email.
I’m also surprised when spouses express frustration for feeling tired on vacation when they didn’t unplug from regular life. It’s the unplugging that allows us to recharge our brains. When we stop the flow of social media, news media and other shallow forms of communication it allows us to engage in deeper more thought out forms of communication.
A quick side-note: If you plan to “unplug” completely from devices, plan ahead and communicate within your family what the plan will be for staying in touch while on vacation. It is important that we honor those with whom we travel while honoring our vacation.
Next week I will leave Lexington for Washington, DC. I anticipate it will be a great few days to teach my kids about the history of our country. We were strategic in waiting for our children to reach a certain age so that they can appreciate the monuments and museums. Later this summer we’ll go to Charleston and engage in some rest and some adventure. Both of these trips were planned intentionally so that our family can reset our DNA, engage in fun and rest from our normal routine.
I hope you enjoy your summer vacation. I hope even more that when you return you get the results you were looking for when you left for some time away.