It is said that Winston Churchill once quipped of Clement Attlee, ‘He is a modest man, but then, he has so much to be modest about.’ I can’t help but chuckle when I read that. But when I reflect on it, I think that perhaps, this isn’t a bad thing. If indeed you have much to be modest about (and who doesn’t?) why wouldn’t you want to be known as a modest man?
Returning from vacation, I’m a very thankful man. To adapt the Churchill quote, ‘I’m a thankful man, with so much to be thankful about.’
I am thankful for so many things that God has given me and my family. Here are a few that come to mind at the end of my first day back on the job.
I’m thankful for…
- A church family that is supportive of their pastor and eager for me to take a vacation (for all the right reasons)
- A solid group of leaders in place to run things while I was gone
- A wife who is equally committed to fun and frugality on vacation; she saved us a ton of money and made our lives a lot easier by planning our meals for us, but also planned some super-fun things along the way
- Children who love each other and obey their parents even on vacation
- A family who I really enjoy spending time with
- Living where we do; we’re close enough to lots of fun things that we can get there in a day’s drive
- The home that God has given us; being away is nice, but having a home that’s a joy to return to is a blessing
- Chainsaws (I had to cut down a tree and it would have been a lot harder with a hand saw)
- God’s word, which reminds us that rest is as good and appropriate as work and that fun is not sin; I’m so glad that God is for joy!
One last thing I’m thankful for… a job where I get to study and glory in the gospel that gives me delight, so that return to work doesn’t seem like death, but merely another life-giving, joy-inspiring injection of grace.