Oh, how I long for a few days at the beach, maybe a trip to see my heritage in Italy, or possibly just two days at Disney World, Universal or Busch Gardens. My body keeps telling me, you need a break, but so far no chance. Neither do so many other folks who have to undergo a constant daily grind to make ends meet, no chance any time soon for them. I feel your pain.
Yesterday I came home to be with 4 kids under the age of 7 and the money I could have used for me, I gave to my daughter and them for use during their own local spring break. As we were gathering around my desk to see how much change we had saved up (believe it or not it was $40), I looked at those kids (the 3 oldest) and thought, this is what I work for, these are the ones whose future I can have an impact on. Me, I have had enough spring breaks to last a lifetime.
Then today, as I was visiting my optometrist, I was assigned a new doctor because the others were on (that's right, you guessed it) spring break. To say she was a beautiful woman would be an understatement. But what got to me was her response as I was sharing a little of what I do, answering her questions, and she knew from her experience on E-Bay auctions that what I did was a definite adrenalin rush (the auctions). She said, "I bet you love what you do."
And you know, I do. I love and appreciate my job, and I cherish moments like yesterday in the ATB ministry when someone wants to follow this incredible God we serve. Bottom line, I guess I feel like I am on spring break all the time, primarily due to doing things that are my passion in life. If that's you, you know what I am saying- that we love what we do because we are doing it for all the right reasons, and when we see the fruits of our labor, we want to do more.
I arose out of bed in my hotel room Saturday morning and in the darkness I just paused on the side of the bed to communicate with God about how much I appreciated Him and what he had done for me and my family. They were moments of focus and joy that allowed me to be rejuvenated by the power of His Spirit. No surfboard ride could have given me more thrills, no Space Mountain journey could have gotten me more excited, and the aroma of an authentic pasta dish could not have heightened my senses more!
Spring Break? I got mine when Jesus arose from that grave about this time of year. That too, will last me more than a lifetime! Following Him allows us to enjoy even the small blessings of life, so that life feels like a new adventure where we find a new treasure every day. Why not, we are destined to eternal glory, so let's make every day a Spring Break along the way! Even in our trials and struggles there is a buried treasure within. I was in pain from a swollen eye due to so much pollen during you know what last week in Florida.
Oh BTW, the doctor keeps texting me asking how I am feeling? Spring Break? Thank you Lord that those other two doctors took one! I found my buried treasure for today............
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.