It’s finally here—vacation 2016! The crew left early this morning and now we’re all sitting around relaxing at Fripp Island! If you’ve never been to Fripp, you’re missing out.
Fripp Island is located at the end of US Hwy 21 in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The island is roughly 6.5 square miles in size. Prior to becoming an inhabited island and beach resort, Fripp was a private hunting range, which is ironic—now hundreds of deer roam the island looking for a tourist to illegally feed them.
The island is named after British sailor Johannes Fripp, who was responsible for protecting the Carolina colony from Spanish attacks. Many have flocked to Fripp in search of treasures left behind by the infamous Blackbeard.
Unlike many beach resorts, Fripp has resisted commercialization and if putt-putt, bowling, and other fun activities suit your fancy, then you’ll have to drive over an hour to find them.
It’s nice to get away for a time of R&R, but I saw a church sign the other day which should serve as an important reminder—“don’t vacate on God’s time!”
How easy it is to pack up the car, load up the kids, and just get away from it all, including our fellowship with each other and our time of devotion with the Lord. However, we should resist that temptation to fall out of fellowship for those seven wonderful and relaxing days.
While it serves as a time to focus on family, vacation must not be given as an excuse to avoid worship for a week. Instead, we should use vacation as a time of thanksgiving, showing our gratitude that God has provided a place and opportunity to relax and enjoy our family’s company. We should carve out ample time in our relaxing schedule to study His Word and enjoy His beautiful creations.
As a youth minister, summer has plenty of benefits, but there’s also some downsides. There’s the road trips, water games, late night runs to Sonic, and plenty of other summer fun to be had, but those things pose a temptation to forget our number one focus—to gather together and worship our Savior! Youth pastors must take every step possible to be intentional in sharing the Gospel in every summer activity that the youth partake in.
While it may sound as if I’m being a negative Nancy and discouraging family vacation, that is the exact opposite of what I’m trying to convey. Instead, we should take advantage of the time together and use it as an opportunity to grow closer to the Lord as a family.
If you’re reading this and you’re on vacation, or will be soon, use this verse of Scripture as a starting devotion during your time of R&R:
“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” (Isaiah 61:4)
Many of us may feel like a ruined city—battered, beaten, and bruised. The working of long hours, the family problems, the broken relationships, and the overall fast pace lifestyle take their toll on us. But remember this verse of Scripture:
“but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
So, I want to encourage you to use your summer vacation as a time to renew your strength in the Lord and resist the temptation from Satan to skip out on fellowship and worship. May your vacation be filed with many memories and quiet time with the Lord.
Until next time…
Ty is the associate pastor at Oak Pointe Church. He and his wife, Taylor, have a son, Peyton, and they call South Carolina home.
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