Holiday Happiness?

It can be so easy to believe that if only we were on holidays all the time we would be always happy. We are bombarded with holidays advertisements and Facebook photos of people on holiday which can make us envious, dissatisfied and make it harder to live in the here-and-now.

Some people have asked me how my families recent holiday was— and it was good. Thank you, God! And thank you for asking. I’m glad to have had it. But … holidays don’t make everything good.

Travelling can be stressful and tiring— as well as expensive! It also takes more effort to get to an Evangelical church when you’re on holidays. Or just to get to church at all. Sometimes you can be far away from family and friends and your support network. So let’s not idolise holidays, even while we thank God for them and enjoy them.

One more thing— going back to work after you get back! Well, at least that reminds us that work outside the Garden of Eden is not all rosy. This can help you and me to not look for more fulfillment and purpose in work than it really can give. This also reminds us that life isn’t a holiday. And it was never meant to be.

Getting back into ‘normal’ life also gives us the opportunity to help and serve others more than when we’re on holidays. Yes, it takes time to get back into the normal routine and work (well, it has for me), but my ‘normal’ includes many more opportunities to minister Christ and to you than my holidays do, so it’s good to be back home now.

Just one more thing about holidays— when you go to church on holidays you can feel self-conscious and nervous being in a new church. Well, this can be how visitors to TGS feel. And it’s good for us to remember and experience what newcomers go through. It can help you and me to be more aware and considerate of them here— and that’s a good thing. So … holidays: yes, they can be very good. But they’re not the source of ultimate happiness for you or for me.



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September 13, 2020