I just returned from some time out west. I visited a sister of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while. I also experienced such places as Cripple Creek and Canon City, CO. Afterwards, we flew to CA and stayed with family in Los Angeles. While there, we enjoyed the Reagan National Library and Museum in Simi Valley, as well as Disneyland, of course.
What I garnered from all these travels is that it is good to be with family. I spent some concentrated time with those I love the most. God has a lot to say about family in His word, the Bible. Psalm 127 comes to mind. It says that children are a gift from the Lord and are to be valued above all earthly concerns.
Spouses are also pretty special. Check out Ephesians 5:25, where we husbands are to love our wives as Christ loves the church (no small task).
Parents are important. So important that we are to obey them, and show them respect regardless of what stage they are in life.
I also learned something about rest. My church family is giving me a three-month sabbatical. This is a time for concentrated recreation and growth. The strange thing about stress is that it finds you. You don’t have to go looking for it. Slowing down requires a decision, followed by action.
This year I turn 41. Time is slipping away. I’m blessed if I register another 40 years. So there’s no better time than the present to savor those things which matter most: God, family and the opportunity to be alive.