Sunday, May 1, 2011

Gimme a break

Sun & Sand, Friends & Frolic, Rest & Relaxation

Our trip to San Diego was wonderful. We had been so caught up in our weekly schedule that taking time to just be together with no agenda was incredible. I wonder at what point our kids will be "too old" to enjoy hanging out with their mom and dad. Hopefully not too soon, because I love how we all enjoy each other's company. We bathed on the beaches, cooked out with old College friends, drove, spent quality time with each other, shopped, ate, drove, laughed, engaged in deep conversations, toured an enormous Naval ship, drove, exercised, watched our kids play with new friends, and drove some more.
San Diego has been one of my favorite places on earth ever since I lived there about 13 years ago. There is so much appeal to this big city with perfect weather, delicious food & gorgeous beaches. Our visit however, made me thankful for our simple life in our new hometown. We don't have to fight traffic and busy places. Plus we eat at home more and spend less money. So thankful that God places us exactly where we need to be. It's easy to get caught up in my own material wants and desires. This week leaves me pondering about what I truly desire out of life. To be honest, it's hard for me to give a specific answer. In a recent sermon podcast, Tim Keller said, "If we seek happiness over righteousness we get neither, but if we seek righteousness over happiness, we will get both." May I live each day with the utmost intention to honor my husband, shepherd my children, love my neighbor as myself, and glorify my God, so that my life won't be wasted.

It's always good to go away, but even greater to come back home.


Shannon said...

Very well said! Our kids still like going on vacation with us, don't worry about that for a long time to come!

Suz said...

Mel - I love this post! Thx for reminding me what really matters.