I listen to a bunch of different podcasts. One of them is the Dave Ramsey, Entre Leadership Podcast. On one recent podcast, the host (not Dave Ramsey) played a few minutes of Dave Ramsey’s Leadership Team Meeting.
In the Leadership Meeting, Ramsey was “encouraging” his employees to not get trapped into the “it’s summer time, so relax” mentality. He continued discussing how since elementary school, we are kind of programmed to “break for summer” after Memorial Day. He mentioned that many businesses lose business because their employees come back from a 3 day break and feel like it’s time to coast through summer.
As a public school administrator, I thought this was sort of interesting. We don’t end our school year the Friday before Memorial Day, so I kind of see this in the students when they come back from the 3 day break. They are done! But I never imagined that it would carry over to the business world too.
But my thinking didn’t stay with schools or the business world. I’m also a pastor. And I’ve always heard that church attendance goes down in the summer time too. I don’t really understand this, because my attendance doesn’t go down, even when I wasn’t a pastor! 😉 But I have noticed it throughout the years.
My thought is this… When we take vacations and breaks, we tend to relax physically and mentally. But we shouldn’t do so spiritually. As Christians, we are always vulnerable to attacks from the enemy.
Jesus said in John 10:10, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” HCSB
The Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” HCSB.
Satan doesn’t take a break! He looks for the opportune time to steal, kill and destroy you! He wants to rip you apart! We must stay vigilant at all times…even when we are on breaks!
So although you are on break, don’t give up your prayer and Bible reading time. Make some time to listen to worship music and maybe even some sermons or church podcasts as you are traveling and might be missing fellowship with the saints!
Prepping Connection: We tend to take breaks in our preparedness too. Breaks are good. But make sure that you keep an eye out for what is still going on in the world. Keep your preps up-to-date and keep it steady!