Theme of the Week: Making the Most of Vacations
Bible Verse: “And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
You could have the best vacation. You could stay at the finest hotels, eat at the best restaurants, and even find the cheapest gas. The weather may be great, and all your dreams for the vacation may come true. But without love, your vacation means nothing.
Love matters. Jesus taught that the first command is to love God, and the second command is to love others (Mark 12:29-31). One of the most important things we must do at all times — including vacations — is to love.
What does love look like? According to Paul, love has two characteristics: It’s focused on others, and it’s about action more than about feelings (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Long after the vacation is over, the bills paid, and we’re back to work, love will endure. “Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Take a break. Get away from your work. Rest. Glorify God. And love. Look for ways to serve others on your vacation, beginning with those closest to you. It’s surprisingly enjoyable, and it aligns with God’s highest purpose in your life.
A vacation without love is nothing. A vacation with love counts more than we can know.
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