Our family returned last night from a week-long trip that consisted of four days camping with friends followed by three days in Yosemite with Rachel’s side of the family. On the long drive home, I started thinking of some cheesy vacation-to-ministry analogies that I thought I’d share. On the “Kurt should have been thinking of other things on the drive home” scale of 1-10….these might be an 11.
- Rumors Of Bears Swirled Through Our Campsite, Making Everybody Nervous, But There Were No Sightings: Makes me wonder how much time we spend in our ministries worrying and fixating on stuff that, at the very best has little chance of manifesting, or, at the very worst ZERO chance….we worry about stuff that has no impact on the day-to-day realities of our ministry.
- My Family Caught One Fish….ONE! We were so excited to spend four nights fishing at the lake, only to be almost completely shut out. Fish were biting; just not our bait. Kai Hall was the big winner bagging about 6 fish over the course of the trip. Kai is 6 years old. How do you respond when ministry disappoints? You plan a big event and hardly anybody shows up? You get excited about a project, but can’t get others on board? How do you respond when you get “shut out”….but other ministries seem to be getting all sorts of “bites”?
- Almost All The Waterfalls In Yosemite Were Dry: The source of their water, in this case snow-melt, had completely vanished. With no fresh source to fill them, the waterfalls quickly dried up. No explanation needed for this one!
- Our Condo In Yosemite Was, To Put It Nicely: Ghetto Fabulous. As we were all busy complaining about various short-comings of our condo, I (like a typical dad) suddenly interjected: “We are spoiled, aren’t we….how generous must God be to us day-to-day that we would complain about a vacation condo?” How often do you find yourself comparing your church/ministry to the “nicer” ones in town? How quickly do you complain about stuff your ministry is lacking instead of thanking God for his incredible generosity?
It was a great vacation. I’m well rested and ready to jump back into the saddle(back).