So, I’m back from a 12-day vacation. Three days of driving. Over 3,000 miles on the road. All this with five children and an amazing wife. I would like to say it was refreshing, tons of fun and I now feel energized as a husband, father and children’s pastor. I definitely had lots of fun with the family. I definitely did not get refreshed and am still exhausted.
Here’s a few things I came away with after vacation:
1. This is the first vacation that I completely disconnected from ministry. I didn’t respond to emails, texts or phone calls—and it was great!
2. Next vacation I’m going to make it shorter as a family and then take a few days with just my wife to get refreshed.
3. If I drive a long distance again I’m going to make the drive part of the vacation (instead of just getting up there right away).
4. I have a phenomenal team at church. We didn’t skip a beat. In fact, I heard that many elements we do were better than ever.
5. Moms are amazing. My wife still had to take care of our five kids and a whiny husband who had a horrible cold/cough the whole time.
We probably did more on this vacation than any other vacation—it was jam packed full of activities. We were full on Seattle and Western Washington tourists. Even though my wife and I are still totally exhausted, vacations are important because they create memories and allow families to connect.
If you’re a children’s leader, I would recommend raising up a great team to allow you to completely disconnect and get away. It doesn’t have to be for 12 days, but a few days would be great.