Jun 09, 2016 by Will Maule

5 Reasons It Is Biblical To Take A Vacation

We often get a bit funny about taking vacations. Perhaps you feel as if you don't really deserve time off, or that you should not be spending money on some leisurely fun when there are bills to pay and a world in need of your financial help. But what if you were wrong, and the Bible could prove it to be so! Be careful with thinking that you do not deserve a break, as it could be the most soul-invigorating, spritually refreshing thing you have done in years. Cindi McMenamin at Crosswalk gives us 5 reasons why it is Biblical to take a vacation.

1. Jesus was all for a “getaway.”
"One of my favorite quotes of Jesus is in Mark 6:31 when He told His disciples, after a long day of meeting people’s needs, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.' Jesus knew His followers were drained. He knew they needed to refocus their minds and revitalize their souls and just rest and replenish, physically, too. Jesus was advocating a getaway."

2. Vacation makes us better stewards.
"Recent studies show that American workers are far more productive after returning from a vacation, because of the fact that increased hours of sleep and decreased levels of stress (direct results of vacation) led to more productivity. Scripture commands us to be good stewards by working heartily and giving our best at what we do. In Colossians 3:23-24, we are told: 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.'"

3. Vacation reduces our stress. 
"Stress kills the body. Literally. It prematurely ages us and leads to sleep deprivation, ulcers, anxiety and other health problems. Yet we are commanded in scripture to care for our bodies as the dwelling place of God. First Corinthians 6:19 tells us: 'Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.' So, treat your temple carefully by giving it the rest and change of pace that it occasionally needs."

4. Vacation spurs our creativity and worship. 
"My favorite vacations have been the ones in which I’ve enjoyed the outdoors, marveled at God’s creation, and experienced the wonder of what He has made by enjoying blessings at His hand. Such times have spurred creativity in me and spontaneity to worship Him. As a writer, I need creativity to develop thoughts. Teachers need creativity to continue to teach effectively. Pastors need creativity to come up with illustrations that convict and challenge. In most jobs or hobbies, if you can add a creative element you can be more productive and fulfilled with what you have created."

5. Vacation prevents burnout. 
"As you make a deliberate and intentional effort to rest, gain perspective, and enjoy life, your overall outlook will be better and you will be more pleasant to be around. Jesus said the greatest two commandments are to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). You can better love your 'neighbors' (those who dwell the closest to you), as well as those afar, by doing what it takes to re-energize your soul and avoid burnout."

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