Take a vacation with Jesus, not from him

We've finally hit summertime. The children are out of school, the weather is amazing (although, let's be honest, when is it not in the Bay Area?), and we're thinking about getting away for a while.

Vacations can be an important part of our lives. You need a break from work, you need a break from the grind. Taking the time to recharge your batteries is important, and time away from home can make you appreciate home all the more.

If we travel, though, we might find ourselves skipping church while on the road, or we find other things to keep us occupied at home rather than spending time in worship. Taking a vacation without Jesus is like continually replacing your car battery but taking out the alternator; you'll get a temporary boost but it won't last.

The most important battery to recharge is our spiritual batteries. Surrounding ourselves in God's Word, enveloping ourselves in the message of his forgiving love is the true restoration and recharge that we need. Nothing keeps us going forward like knowing our Savior is there at every step of the way to help, protect, and guide. Nothing keeps us motivated for service knowing that heaven stands waiting for us as a free gift.

As your travel, take Jesus with you. Load a Bible onto your smartphone, take a devotion book in the glove box of the car or on your ereader. Check the WELS locator to find WELS or ELS congregations where you'll be visiting so you can be fed by Word and Sacrament even when away from home.

Enjoy your time away to recharge. Make it count even more by spending some time on vacation with Jesus!

[Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV84)