This morning, I am leaving with my friend Kelly and her two sons for a vacation in North Carolina. It will be nice to get away.

Interesting thing about vacations, though . . . preparing for a vacation takes a lot of work. I have spent the entire week at work and home arranging, organizing, planning, and packing to get ready to leave. In some ways, it would be easier to just stay home.

But despite all the effort, I suspect that vacating the premises of my life for a few days will make it worth it in a couple of ways.

For one, I need the reminder that life is about more than my home and my job. When life is focused so much on what I do at work and at home, it’s easy to think that I AM my work and my home. Take away my computer and my kitchen, my cubicle and my garden, and what’s left? The truth is, the tasks I do and the stuff I have are not me. And everything will go on just fine without me. I hope this vacation will remind me of that.

On the other hand, though, I am hoping that some time away will remind me how grateful I am for my home and my job. Some days, life feels burdensome spending so much time and energy on these two places. I leave home undone to go to work, and then I leave work undone to come home. Yet, a few days away, and I am hoping to have a renewed vision of the gifts God has given me through home and work.

I am vacating the premises today. I am confident that life will continue on without me. But Lord willing, I will return in a few days, and I can continue on with that life. This life I love.