Have a good vacation

Who doesn't love the promise of a vacation—even a few days away from job demands? A period of well-deserved relaxation has a natural place for many people. These periods should be pleasant times, filled with opportunities for expressing love and for the refreshing enjoyment of God-inspired activities, quiet opportunities for thoughtful reflection. But those free times don't always turn out that way. What is it that would rob us of the joy we can bring to these times of relaxation?

Isn't it a mistaken estimate of what contentment really is? Materially based thinking would try to impose on us the belief that we cannot be really happy unless we are conforming to its standards of contentment. It usually presents two alternatives: time-wasting inactivity or energy-wasting overactivity.

On the alert!
June 11, 1979

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