Sunday night, after youth activities, I drove to Dallas to my college roommate's house. I stayed overnight and then he drove me to the airport early this morning. I'm currently on a flight to Corpus Christi, TX to visit and vacation with my family. This trip was originally scheduled for September 12-18, but there was a bit of a hurricane problem.
I haven't seen my family since May, partly because we're so far away from each other, and partly because my job keeps me busiest during the summer months. So, it's nice to be able to take a few days off and spend them with the people I love...catching up on the happenings of life. The beach is our favorite vacation spot. My parents have pictures of me at the same beach from my toddler years all the way up to 2005...soon we'll have pictures from this year. I love the beach, I love connecting with my family in a low-stress setting...taking each moment in and enjoying it for what it's worth. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this week of family vacation.
How do you spend the time you have with family? Too often, we spend our time like our money- we look for ways to part with it as soon as we have it...don't follow?...here:
We seldom just enjoy a day. We worry about tomorrow, think about that assignment, meeting, whatever... It's hard for us to just live in the moment...we spend life with our finger on the Fast-forward button, and forget how press play, or even pause. We waste our time in the now, selling it for thoughts of later, tomorrow, next week.... I love going to the beach because it makes me want to slow things down, stay another day, forget about the things I'm worried about. It helps me just...be.
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46: 10