I recently returned from a beach destination wedding. Someone has to do those, you know. Cheryl and I tacked on a few days of vacation since we were at the beach. It was refreshing.
As I was finishing my last vacation run—vacation runs are the best—a friend texted me. He’s a great leader, and we’ve talked often about leadership issues—and the stress of leadership. When he learned I was heading home from vacation, he asked me a powerful question. I’m not even sure he knew how powerful, but knowing him, he was probably asking with intentionality.
He asked, “Excited to be going back or dreading it?”
My friend wanted to know—and encouraged me to think—if my vacation had been successful. He knows the purpose of vacation.
What is the purpose of vacation? Another way I might ask this question: What are the goals of a vacation?
Here are my thoughts.
5 Goals of Vacation for the Leader:
God has actually given us a biblical command to rest—to Sabbath—as if He knows something about what we need. (Duh!) You may not “rest” like everyone else, but everyone should rest. This particular friend who texted me was also returning from vacation.
He does something that I think shows he understands his need for rest. He leaves his work cell phone with his administrative assistant when he goes on vacation. How cool is that? I know because I texted him while he was gone, and she texted me back. Intentional. Love it. Rest should be a huge goal of taking a vacation. We all need it.
Vacation should allow us time to restore relationships to maximum health. With God. With family. With ourselves. The busyness of life can strain relationships. Vacation gives you the opportunity to pause and get back to optimum health with the most important relationships in our lives.
On vacation, I talk to God more. I spend deeper quality time with Cheryl. We date more intensely—ask each other more questions. In years past, I got to spend more time with my boys on vacation. (I’m an empty-nester now.) But vacation helps me reconnect to those I love the most.