I am still in Branson, MO on family vacation getting some much needed rest. It has been great to slow down these past couple weeks to recharge the ole battery. But the reason I am writing today is to reflect on something my wife shared with me last night. She was searching the Internet for various ministries in the Branson area and came across a ministry called “Jesus was homeless” (see http://www.jesuswashomeless.org).
Why do I bring this up?
Well…I am sitting here on the patio at this really nice resort, sipping my diet dew all the while there are homeless people nearby trying to find shelter from the rain that is falling. We are enjoying time resting, reading, swimming, playing volleyball and eating too much while others struggle to find something to curb their hunger. Then I saw a quote on the Jesus was Homeless website that read “We worship a homeless man on Sunday but avoid the homeless on Monday”.
Interesting and true. It makes me wonder if we should add another “activity” to family vacation.
What would it look like if when we planned a vacation we checked out local ministries first and arranged to volunteer there at least one day? How would that change our outlook of vacation and change it’s purpose? But more importantly…how would it change your outlook on God’s children who can’t enjoy vacations like you and me?
I have never considered that before. Rest and renewal is important but this life is only temporary.
Amazing what one thinks about when life slows down. Maybe I need to find more moments like this to listen to God.