“I’ll Be Back”

No, I’m not Arnold Schwarzenegger saying those famous words from The Terminator, but I and my family are currently on holidays in Tasmania; it’s the biggest family adventure we’ve had so far!

I’m amazed at the number of TGS’ers who have either lived in Tassie or at least holidayed there and — apart from Trevor (who calls it ‘Northern Antarctica) —we heard so many good comments about holidaying in Tassie. There certainly is a time and a place for family holidays: they can make special memories that last for decades and help keep love flowing in families. We should use our holidays well … and part of holidaying in a place like Tassie is being in awe of God’s amazing creation.

Another benefit of holidays is that they can help us to realise there is more to the world than just our little patch and our culture. I haven’t travelled overseas much at all, but someone I know who has said to me that people are basically the same all over the world i.e. they have the same or similar hopes, dreams and fears. And for the one humanity God has provided the one Saviour and Lord: Jesus Christ — he is the ‘answer’ for every nation.

So holidays are not the greatest thing. So while I very much hope to be back with you in a couple of weeks and imagine that I will happily chew the ear off anyone who’s willing to listen about our holiday, I hope lovely holidays don’t get too big a place in my heart and life. Yes, I’ll be back, but much more important than that is the fact that Jesus will be back some day. I know I won’t spend eternity telling Jesus how wonderful and lovely Tasmania is — because He is much more wonderful than any holiday … and living for Him (whether on holiday or at home) is much more important than wherever I am at the moment. Holidays — they can be great, but Jesus coming back is much greater!

Cameron Wills


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September 13, 2020