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I love serving at church. I have made coffee and welcomed people as they arrive. If needed, I will fill-in to pass the collection plate or the elements of communion. There is often a need for rocking infants during the service or for telling a bible story in the children's class room. Serving is rewarding and fulfilling, and well, sometimes it can be tiring.

I've heard it said that Christians never retire. We keep on sharing Jesus and doing the work God calls us to do. The ways in which we share may change through the years but there is never a point where we say, "I've done enough." There is never a point where we stop talking about Jesus, stop loving others, or stop being a part of the mission of sharing Christ. Some of the best pastors are well past accepted retirement age. Some of the most profound wisdom comes from the elderly.

So, if Christians don't retire, is the same true of vacations? It's all too apparent that this world needs Christian workers. There is always someone who needs to hear about Christ, someone who needs to see his love and benefit from grace.
Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;" Matthew 9:37 ESV

Whether we serve in a foreign mission, teach Sunday school, lead bible study, volunteer in a homeless shelter or nursing home; there is always work to be done and few workers to accomplish it. Is there a time when we take a step back, put up our hand and say, "I need a break?" Many churches have mandatory vacations built in to the pastor's schedule. Volunteers and mission oriented persons benefit from a break in the schedule, too.

The point of a vacation is to renew our relationship with Jesus, renew our energy and renew our excitement for God's work. A vacation is a chance to strengthen and renew our Christian faith.

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