My son, Jack, is counting down the sleepies until summer vacation. I smile at his childish anticipation, but I too need to anticipate—to plan and prepare for vacation. I need to prepare to worship God for His good gifts, I need to prepare to fight sin, I need to prepare to serve others, I need to prepare good food and fun memories, and I need to prepare for reentry.
For the men who read this blog (or whose wife or mother drags you to the computer to read a post) you need to prepare to lead. My dad has just concluded a three part series on leadership and vacations that is must reading for both men and women. If you truly want a vacation worth counting down the sleepies for, check it out.
And finally, I’ll leave you with some thoughts from the young fathers in our family. In jest, my husband and brothers-in-law once posted their top five suggestions for dads of young children on vacation:
1. Play 18 holes of golf, not 36.
2. If you have children, don't use the last of the milk for your third late-night bowl of Lucky Charms.
3. Offer to watch the children during the afternoon nap.
4. If you're going to take a toddler on the jet-ski, try to keep the speed under 50 mph.
5. Consider giving your wife the remote control during the 5:00-6:00 a.m. slot.
Guys, I think we can do better this year. How about the girls watch the kids during afternoon nap and you take the other shifts?
Only 44 more sleepies.