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Did Jesus ever go on vacation?


The quick answer is yes.  Jesus went on ‘vacay.’ 

Time and time again in the scriptures we read that Jesus would take a little step back from his ministry, and find some alone time to recharge his batteries.
On some occasions Jesus visited friends. Other times He retreated with his disciples. Sometimes he just spent time by himself.
I read of a man who was being praised at his retirement party for having never taken a sick day or vacation time. I doubt his family felt the same way. In my opinion, he should have been criticized for not taking advantage of the time to bond with his wife and kids. He was dumb not to use those days to renew and replenish his spirit. Sure he worked hard, but I wonder how much more productive, creative and effective he would have been with an occasional rest?
For some reason we humanoids can all too often adopt a martyr complex. We feel like we need to justify every moment, and can’t go to bed unless the dishes are done and the counters are cleaned. We see burning the candle on both ends as being super spiritual. I actually think it’s irresponsible.
Not only did Jesus take time off, he did so when there was still plenty of work to do. People who needed to be healed, taught, comforted, forgiven. Yes, there was plenty of work to be done, and I’m sure some of the disciples probably questioned why Christ would seemingly ‘waste’ time sitting around singing Kum-ba-ya.
Jesus knew the importance of self-care especially if he was going to have an effective ministry taking care of others. And if Jesus thought it was important to do so, then we need to realize the same thing. It really is a health issue: mental, physical, spiritual heath.
Maybe you’re one of those people who say, “someday... when the work is all done.”
I’ll let you in on a little secret: The work will never be done. There will always be people who need you and a kitchen counter that needs cleaning. If you think you’ll take time for yourself when the work is done... then you’ll be done long before that happens.
This summer take some ‘me’ time. Some guilt-free time to laugh and play. Time to be still and know that God is God and loves you just as much when you’re at rest as when you’re working.
 

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