What could possibly be the dilemma when it comes to vacation? It is the time of year we look forward to with anticipation and excitement. 51 hard weeks of work and finally a chance to relax and take a break from “normal life;” We work hard all year for a chance to play, a chance to spend quality time with family, a chance to enjoy
life, a chance to just chill out and relax. So, why the dilemma?
Oh! I get it, the dilemma is trying to figure out where to go this year…will it be camping or will we be visiting old auntie Wanahonkalugie in east Gibraltar. Or maybe it’s not deciding where to go, but when to go. Do we spend time enjoying the breeze of fresh sea salt, sand and coconut oil in mid-July or do we choose the beauty of a
dappled red, orange and yellow skyline in the Appalachian Mountains in early-October?
I know what you’re thinking…your thinking that the dilemma has to do with the prospects of even being able to take a vacation. Some are probably thinking, “Oh man, the economy is so bad this year I bet some people can’t even afford to go on vacation.” While that might be true, that was not the dilemma I was thinking about.
As I write this, I sit on a deck overlooking the beauty of the ocean. I can see the sand and hear the wave’s
crash against the shoreline. As I type, I hear the quacking of seagulls and the laughter of kids playing in the background or is that fighting (you know kids)? The smell of fresh waffles mixed with the brewing of coffee is drifting out the screen door. Could life get any better? Family, food and fun by the bucketfuls; So what’s the problem, where is the dilemma?
The dilemma lies not from without but from within. The dilemma has to do with how we deal with vacation from within the confines of our own perceptions. What are we allowed to vacation from? If you are anything like me, you will vacation from eating healthy, working hard, waking up super early, and shaving. But how far does our
vacation philosophy take us…are we allowed to take a moral vacation? There is a popular song today called “Stays in Mexico” in which a married man has an illicit affair on his wife after getting drunk in a Mexican bar. Here is how the chorus goes:
Don’t bite off more than you can chew,
There’s things down here
the devil himself wouldn’t do,
Just remember when you let it all go,
What happens down in Mexico,
Stays in Mexico
Listen to what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4 towards the end of his life, “For I am already being poured out as a
drink offering, and the time of mydeparture has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the Devil likes it when we decide to take a moral vacation. Is it not easy to think like this: “I’m not going to read my bible this week, I’m on vacation! I don’t have to spend time thinking about spiritual things this week, I’m on vacation! I don’t have to hit my knees in prayer…I’m on
vacation! All I can say is this is dangerous ground. Stay alert, because while we vacation, the Devil prowls.
Moral vacations are never allowed for serious followers of Jesus. While vacations may present us with an internal moral battle to keep the faith and stay in tune with the Savior, the fact is, what happens in Mexico finds its way to the feet of Jesus.