Posted by: Tom Gaddis | April 15, 2010

Why You Need to Stop and Getaway

Susan and I caught our breath this week by getting away for a couple of days to Solvang and Santa Barbara. Time away from a season packed with ministry, life, and busyness has a way of making my dog-eared perspectives crisp again.

Some seasons you know are over—the rain stops, the last game is played, the sneezing subsides, and the taxes are done. But in other seasons sometimes we have to stop and call out, “Season’s over. Time for a break.”

But saying “no” to busyness and “yes” to taking a break is counterintuitive.

“Busyness,” warns theologian Barbara Brown Taylor, is an “imposter virtue. Real virtues,” she writes, “make one feel like doing good, but imposter virtues make one feel good about doing bad. Busyness keeps us from lingering on anything long enough to engage it at any depth. Busyness convinces us that there is always something else we need to be doing. Busyness exhausts, embitters, divides, and demoralizes.”

I find that ceasing my busyness and calling a season to a halt is an act of courage and faith. It’s courageous because I stand up to the many activities that promise to make my life more important and more justified. I say, “See you later.”

It’s an act of faith that there will be a later and that in the meantime my heavenly Father will use rest to prepare me for the season yet to come. Selah.



  1. This is so timely. I especially like the concept of taking a break being “counterintuitive”. Yes indeed!
    Also about crisping up our perspective being the need for time outs. Thanks for the prod, shepherd-friend!

  2. Even deviating from the typical family routine can be restful. My mother-in-law is in town, and although we could be driving all over showing her our new lives, we’ve spent the last few days relaxing by the pool at her hotel. The kids are happy little fish, I’m catching up on my reading list, and grandma is getting lots of grandkid time. Yes, the house is kinda trashed, but this is the break we needed!

  3. i like your blog, if you have time check out:
    brian stupar blog. he is the pastor of calvary chapel in slo and has an awsome blog. check it out you won’t be sorry

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