On Thursday evening I returned from almost a week at sea with a crew of dear friends, several dozen like-minded acquaintances scattered throughout North America, a rested body, mind, and spirit, and the inevitable sneaky pounds affixed to my mid-section (If only there was a “Gain It” app, I could have killed it on this trip.)
Admittedly I left on the brink of burn-out. 2011 has me…reeling.
And the Recreate Cruise, on the aforementioned Celebrity Century, was just what the doctor ordered.
5 days of sun and sea, food and drink, entertainment and rest, challenging ideas and encouragement. And 5 days of what I needed most, an opportunity to disconnect and silence all the noise that has taken over my everyday.
(Friends, here is where I tell you that I will be THE FIRST person to sign-up for the 2012 Recreate Cruise. Randy and Chris Elrod were phenomenal hosts. And the speakers, Pete Wilson, Michael Hyatt, and Ken Davis each delivered thought-provoking messages that spoke right to my heart. And the other attendees, well, they were not creepy at all. They were beautiful, honest, and passionate. I think you should go ahead and start saving RIGHT NOW so you can join me as we float someplace fabulous next Spring. You will not regret it.)
The Voyage of Celebrity Century was everything I could ask for in a vacation…and more.
But it was just that. An epic vacation. A temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of real life. A time-out to catch my breathe and recharge smack dab in an emotionally draining round.
From time to time as I watched the ocean rock and sipped on my mudslide, I was haunted by my subconscious.
This is not real. This is not life. This is comfortable. Real comfortable. But this is not what I have called you to. Rest up, so when this vacation ends, as it inevitably will, you are refreshed, renewed, and ready for battle.
And so I heeded its warning. I soaked the experience up. So I could come back with a renewed focus on fighting the good fight.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
What is the most relaxing and refreshing vacation you’ve ever been on? Was it hard to come home…to reality?