Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Going off the grid

I leave tomorrow (a day late unfortunately, but I'm going none the less) for my European vacation. I'll be off the grid for over two weeks and I can't wait. I'm needing some time to sort of check myself for lack of better words. It's funny because I was talking to Jenny on Sunday about what's going on in life and we were talking about my last trip to Europe which was twelve years ago. I was struggling with many of the same issues when I left the states then. Then I had six months, this time I have only two weeks, but I know it will be a time that will be equally good for my soul and my state of mind.

Rick Warren's daily devotional was perfect today.

God's Word gives us three habits that can help us recharge emotionally when we have nothing left to give.

Solitude - The Bible says, "So many people were coming and going [Jesus] said to them [the disciples]. Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'" (Mark 6:31 NIV) Jesus understood that our emotions are like a battery. If you plug one light bulb into a battery, it will last for a fairly long time. If you plug in 100 lights, the battery will drain very quickly. Many of us have so many lights plugged in, our battery is nearly shot. When your battery is drained, then you can't help others recharge their batteries -- you can't give love.

Play -- The Bible says, "Jesus came enjoying life." (Matthew 11:19 Phillips) He was the most people-focus, ministry-intensive person who ever lived, yet he took the time to have fun. Certain activities recharge you emotionally; they literally re-create your energy and enthusiasm for life. We each have different activities that recharge us because we're all made differently. Find out what recharges you emotionally - and make time for it.

Laughter - The Bible says, "Being cheerful keeps you healthy." (Proverbs 17:22 GN) Studies prove that when you laugh, it raises your immunity to illness. Laughter is good for your health. Humor is God's gift to us. Remember, God has a sense of humor -- he made you and me!

To be emotionally balanced, take God very seriously but don't take yourself seriously. Learn to laugh at your limitations. If you only laugh and enjoy life when your problems are all solved, you'll never enjoy life.


Needless to say it's going to be a needed time away. I'm going to miss Moxie and my friends and family but I'm looking forward to some time alone, time laughing with Theresa, Scottie, Shannie and Rob and some time to play in some countries where none of my "stuff" follows me around.

I'll be taking a journal and I'll post on here with pictures when I get back - don't you worry - adventures are made to be shared.

See you on the flip side.