Four Reasons You Need a Vacation

My family didn’t take vacations when I was growing up. My parents were dairy farmers for many years, and you can’t very easily just inform the cows, “We’re headed out of town for a few days – take a break.”

It wasn’t until I was in high school that we took a family trip to New England to see the changing leaves one fall. I will never forget waking up one brisk morning in Canada and driving to Niagara Falls. That’s one advantage of vacations – the good memories we create that weld us to our loved ones.

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There are lots of explanations why we DIDN’T take regular vacations. Not enough money. No time. We didn’t deserve it. We didn’t need it. But I want to address today why we DO need vacations, and why you should plan for one this year if you haven’t already. Continue reading “Four Reasons You Need a Vacation”

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Help for Chronic People Pleasers

Hello, my name is Dave, and I’m a people pleaser.

From the driver behind me who is pressing me to go faster, to the friend who thinks I should be making a different financial decision, it’s easy to fall into the trap of living my life based on what other people want me to do.

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But I’m learning to break the cycle. A while back, a family member called me after a long break in communication, and without going into detail I’ll just say that the content of his conversation was negative and upsetting. I told him I really wanted to talk more often with him, but that I don’t want to talk on that subject. He politely ended the conversation and we haven’t talked since.

Years ago that would have eaten me alive, because I’d like to have this man’s approval. But I’ve learned that some things are more important than having someone else like me. Continue reading “Help for Chronic People Pleasers”

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My Favorite Words about Eternal Life

Today I will celebrate my Mother’s life with family and friends and we will lay her body to rest. At such a time I value these Scriptures which speak of the hope we have for life after death. Jesus says to those who trust Him:

Because I live, you also will live.

I am the Living One Who died.

Look, I am alive forever and ever!

And I hold the keys of death and the gave.

I am the resurrection and the life.

Those who believe in Me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.

They are given eternal life for believing in Me and will never perish.

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And this, one of my favorite poems celebrating life after death:

 What shall we be like when
    We cast this earthly body and attain
    To immortality?
    What shall we be like then?

Ah, who shall say
    What vast expansions shall be ours that day?
    What transformations of this house of clay,
    To fit the heavenly mansions and the light of day?
    Ah, who shall say?

But this we know,–
    We drop a seed into the ground,
    A tiny, shapeless thing, shrivelled and dry,
    And, in the fulness of its time, is seen
    A form of peerless beauty, robed and crowned
    Beyond the pride of any earthly queen,
    Instinct with loveliness, and sweet and rare,
    The perfect emblem of its Maker’s care.

This from a shrivelled seed?–
    –Then may man hope indeed!

For man is but the seed of what he shall be.
    When, in the fulness of his perfecting,
    He drops the husk and cleaves his upward way,
    Through earth’s retardings and the clinging clay,
    Into the sunshine of God’s perfect day.
    No fetters then! No bonds of time or space!
    But powers as ample as the boundless grace
    That suffered man, and death, and yet, in tenderness,
    Set wide the door, and passed Himself before–
    As He had promised–to prepare a place.

Yea, we may hope!
    For we are seeds,
    Dropped into earth for heavenly blossoming.
    Perchance, when comes the time of harvesting,
    His loving care
    May find some use for even a humble tare.

We know not what we shall be–only this–
    That we shall be made like Him–as He is.  

– John Oxenham

Grateful today for the gift of eternal life through Christ, Who overcame the power of death.

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:54-57

What about you – what are your favorite Scriptures or quotes about eternal life? Leave a comment below.

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