And then it was summer

When it comes to summer vacations, my wife and I are at opposite ends of what a vacation is. As soon as we mention the word “vacation,” I am ready to go. Not so with the better half. She has all kinds of planning and preparation work to do and it takes more work for her to plan our vacation than it does to stay home and just work.

Some people believe that women are masters at multitasking. My wife is the queen. I, on the other hand, am a master at anti-tasking. My wife can juggle four or five different jobs at the same time while I can do nothing at the same time.

For vacation, I only need three things, which makes my vacation the wonder and joy that it always is.

The first thing I pack for vacation is my incorrigible laziness. I am not boasting, mind you, but I have mastered the art of laziness like nobody you know. In fact, if I was not so lazy, I would do several workshops on Mastering the Art of Laziness.

My wife has a little bit of trouble with this. She is the Queen Bee when it comes to busyness and is buzzing all the time. I am the honey that flows rather slowly.

Another important thing in my baggage for vacation is my non-vegetable diet. I know vegetables are good for you, but please, on my vacation this is the one thing I am vacating.

When I sit down to a meal on my vacation, I do not want to see any vegetables or anything green or leafy on my plate. I want my plate piled high with apple pie à la mode, chocolate cake topped with a scoop of ice cream, and for dessert, a bowl of ice cream topped with a scoop of ice cream, and do not be stingy with the chocolate fudge.

Then there is my sun sponge attitude that soaks up all the sun available. When I come back from my vacation, I want to have a sunny glow about me that lasts for weeks.

This is where the art of laziness is quite handy. In order to get as much sun as possible you have to do as little as possible. Sitting out in the sun with nothing to do is the best posture for soaking up the sun.

So, here I am, sitting all packed and ready to go, while the wife is making sure she has everything packed she needs. I could go on vacation on a scooter while she needs a U-Haul.

No matter who you are, vacation is a time for rest and I suppose everybody has their own definition.

The Bible speaks of “rest” around 380 times. Most people have not caught this idea.

My favorite verse is, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (Psalms 37:7).

It is easy to get all caught up with the activities of the world around, but it takes a lot of discipline to really “rest in the Lord.”

Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, P.O. Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. He can be reached at 1-866-552-2543 or via e-mail at