And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together… - Hebrews 10:24-25a
In our family's favorite movie (What About Bob?) Bob Wiley is a man with a myriad of psychological problems. We learn, early in the film, that Bob has been through a long list of psychologists and psychiatrists. Dr. Leo Marvin is his most recent. Dr. Marvin's vacation with his family is interrupted when Bob shows up and while clearly irritated at Bob's presence, Dr. Marvin gives him a good prescription: "Take a vacation from your problems."
If you are able to go on a vacation this summer, it will likely be to not only spend time with your family, but to also take a vacation from your problems. It has been my experience that it is the longer vacations (10 days or more) that, like short-term mission trips of the same duration, result in one almost forgetting what one does in ordinary life. I've been on some mission trips where after a couple weeks I began to wonder "Where is it I actually live?" or "What is it I do for a living?" Vacations are MEANT to set us free from the daily grind.
But I want to encourage you, while you vacation, to not also take a vacation from church. Often people do just that. They're at the beach or on the road, or maybe at a cabin somewhere and as every day just seems to roll into the next they lose sight of a Sunday Sabbath and of coming away to be with the people of God. Granted, while on vacation, it can be a challenge finding a good church to visit. But if you believe in God's sovereignty and that he has truly "appointed the times and places of all men" (Acts 17:26, NIV) then it follows that God may have a very special message that he wants you to hear that morning…at that church that you have never visited before. It was Charles Spurgeon's serendipitous visit at an unknown church one snowy day in mid-18th century England that led to his conversion. Go with an eager heart (a burning heart) and be open to what God may want to show you.
Bottom line: make church part of your vacation plans.