This week I had the wonderful gift of being away. I was away from home, away from phones, away from computers, away. It was good, restful and even fun. I was able to do something I enjoy (fishing) and be with some good friends. At one point the inevitable comment was made by one of our group, “Don’t you wish everyday could be like this?” I considered the thought and contemplated how that would play out.  My conclusion was that I would not like it if this were my everyday life.

Unless your purpose in life is fishing, then even the best distractions and pleasures in life can leave us empty. We are created for purpose and as Christians created to minister and serve others.  As much as I enjoy being away, I miss people and I miss my ministry after a few days.  I believe that our greatest joys come when we are actively pursuing God’s plan for our lives.  Being a Christ follower is fun and fulfilling when we listen to His call.  Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs a break from time to time, but sometimes we choose to make a life out of the breaks instead of moving into our purpose.

Go fishing. Go to the beach. Go to the mountains. Enjoy God’s majesty. Get away. Just remember that we are never called to get away from His call on our lives. He has joy for us in our serving that is beyond anything a vacation can provide.

Paul’s words to the Thessalonians sums it up. “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?  Is it not you?  Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” Real joy is always found in serving others in the name of Christ, something from which we should never get away.