Think about the most revitalizing and relaxing vacation you’ve ever taken. Now think about the most stressful and draining vacation you’ve ever taken. What made the difference?
We all know when our bodies are tired and our minds need a break. But recognizing that our souls need replenishing too—and doing something about it—can be much more difficult. As you prepare for your summer staycation or getaway, consider these four tips to have a spiritually recharging vacation:
1. Spend Time in Nature
I don’t know about you, but when I get in the work zone, I can go an entire week without spending more than 10 minutes outside. In today’s world, a relentless barrage of emails, notifications, and to-dos can keep us staring at a laptop or phone screen all day long. When you go on vacation, give your soul a much-needed break by incorporating some downtime in the beautiful stillness of nature. I believe God created nature not only for our provision, but also for our sanity! Factor in time to disconnect and refresh your soul by simply admiring His creation.
2. Find a New Perspective
God really can use just about anything to give us a fresh perspective. While you’re away, step out of your comfort zone and pray that God would use something unique to grow you or reveal something new about His character. Sometimes just one moment of inspiration is all it takes to fill you spiritually and reenergize you for the work season ahead.
3. Pay in Cash
This advice isn’t just practical; it’s biblical. The Bible tells us that the borrower is slave to the lender, and that’s certainly true when you take a vacation on borrowed money. Enjoying life on a budget doesn’t have to end when your trip starts. In fact, it’s the best way to be able to save up for a great vacation. Nothing will spoil a great getaway more quickly than coming home to the unpaid bill! Pay as much as you can up front, and only take cash you actually have on the trip. If you can’t afford your dream vacation just yet, enjoy a nice break at home and save up for the grand adventure next time.
4. Don’t Skip Church
This is perhaps the most important aspect of a spiritually recharging vacation: don’t just leave your relationship with God back home! With Life.Church Online and the YouVersion Bible App, you can remain connected no matter where you are. In fact, sometimes His voice is even more clear when you’re away from all the usual distractions.
If you’re planning on taking some time off soon, I hope you’ll take advantage of a great opportunity for God to help you recharge physically, mentally, and spiritually. Happy vacationing!