Spring break is upon us! The weather’s getting warm and sunny. We’re hopeful for the future and excitement and fun fills the air. For everyone who lives in or is visiting Port Aransas on vacation, it’s a good time to ask the question, “Am I here to try to escape something or am I here to move forward toward something?”
Sometimes, God places us somewhere where He gives us that special window of opportunity to step out of the rat race and check and make sure we’re on the path that He set for us. Something you don’t want to wait until the end of your life to check. Maybe God is speaking to you right now. Maybe today is that day.
Jesus said that the yoke of the world is very heavy, but that His yoke is very light. How does the yoke of your life feel? Do you have peace and joy for most of your day? Or does it only come by numbing yourself with sedatives, drugs or alcohol? Do you have a restful and peaceful sleep?
Once Jesus was asked why the unbelievers seem to have most of the wealth and worldly rewards. His answer was that their focus on the world may bring such things, but that their life is so full of chaos and conflict that they can never enjoy what they have. And they can never find a peaceful sleep. Whereas a person that focuses on God and has a simple life will enjoy everything they have with their family and their sleep will be deep.
I once heard Earl Nightingale say, “It’s okay to seek after money, but make sure you check on a regular basis to be sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”
You’ll never hear someone on their deathbed turn to their loved ones and say, “Gee, I sure wish I had spent more time at the office.”
Let’s think of God and our loved ones as our greatest treasures. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul and to love one another.
So whether you’re enjoying the beach or just celebrating Spring Break in your own back- yard, be sure that you’ve set a path for your life that provides time to thank God for loving us enough to show us the peaceful and joyful way through life, the way to the beach, and beyond.
Have a blessed day.
Mark Kennedy is pastor at Grace Community Church in Port Aransas.