This weekend we head off into the wilds of eastern Ontario for the third annual Armstrong family vacation (a tradition my father has started in recent years). Here are a few reasons I’m excited about this year’s trip:
Getting away from the regular routine.
Don’t get me wrong—I love my normal routine (when I get a good one going, I’m a happy camper). But sometimes a break is really helpful to give me some space and see where God might have me make some changes. In fact, this year, there have already been a rather large number of changes in my full-time job (I’m now leading people, which is kind of crazy), and the impact of those changes are going to be working themselves out throughout the rest of the year (and probably beyond). So this week’s going to be a great opportunity to get away and refocus, re-prioritize and probably repent.
Reading made easier.
This year is the first time we’ve been able to go on vacation without me bringing a great pile of books—instead, I’ll be bringing my Kindle (and probably my iPad, too). This has the advantage of making packing a whole lot easier, and gives us a lighter load. What do I anticipate reading?
I might bring along one physical book, Saved by Grace by Anthony Hoekema, but aside from that, I’m planning on reading Wednesdays were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God by Michael Kelley, and if I have time, maybe cracking into The Hobbit or Out of the Silent Planet, the first book of C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy (I haven’t decided which if either, though).
(In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m really trying to shake up some of my reading habits this year.)
Spending time with family.
This year’s going be be a lot of fun since it’s Hudson’s first time out and his Granddad and Nanny Rhoda haven’t spent hardly any time with him at all. It’ll be nice to see how they all interact, and to see the bigger kids, Abigail and Hannah, have fun fishing off the dock (if they get up the courage to do so) and hang out with their cousin, Kirsten. And because our extended family aren’t Christians, this week gives us a lot of opportunities for good conversations, to be positive witnesses and, Lord willing, have opportunities to share the gospel.
Got vacation plans? What are you looking forward to?