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How To Play the Man on Vacation

I’m going on vacation next week and it brought to mind this fantastic series of blogposts from CJ Mahaney regarding the husband/father and their role in family vacations.  Play the man even when on vacation (So whether you eat or drink or [go on vacation or] whatever you do… – 1 Cor. 10:31).  So go here and check out the posts and pray that God would prepare your heart for your family vacation this summer.

Here’s a great tidbit from the first point in this series of blogposts –

cj-mahaney1“Husbands are called by God to serve and lead. But we are all vulnerable to viewing the family vacation as a well-earned time away from work where we can rest and relax! But this attitude and approach to a vacation normally reveals a self-centeredness that does not please God or serve our families. Actually, God-glorifying, grace-filled, relationship-building, memory-making vacations are not supposed to be a vacation for the father. Instead of simply resting and relaxing the father has the privilege of serving, leading, planning, initiating and working.

And you will know you are serving and leading effectively on your vacation when you fall into bed at night more exhausted than at the end of the most grueling day of work. The father must enter family vacations committed to serve, lead, plan, initiate, and work, and do all this with joy. This isn’t your time to rest. Only your wife deserves to rest on vacation (because no one works harder than she does the rest of the year).

But for the husband, vacations are a unique opportunity to serve and lead and work harder in some ways than he does during the normal work week. But this kind of work is a pure joy like no other work.”

Mahaney on Receiving God’s Gifts

When a child receives a birthday present accompanied by a card, a wise parent teaches their child to first open the card and read the card and thank the person for the card and gift before opening the gift.  Because, properly understood, gifts should draw our attention to the one giving the gift and create affection for the one giving the gift, not reinforce the self-centeredness of the child.  Each day, I/you/we receive innumerable gifts from God – each and every one intended to draw our attention to God resulting in gratefulness to God.  But how often do I go through my day tearing the wrapping paper off of one gift after another not reading the card – not thanking God.

C.J. Mahaney, Don’t Waste Your Sports

C.J. Mahaney and Hip-Hop and the Cross

I got an iTunes card for Christmas and so naturally I used it to purchase some hip-hop.  I’ve got to admit that I love some old school Run-DMC, but you will not find “It’s Tricky” on my iPod or any other Run-DMC classics.  Instead, after reading some tips from Tim Challies, I purchased some Lecrae, Shai Linne, and Flame.

Shai Linne has a song based on the old African Spiritual, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.”  I highly recommend it.  At the end he has sampled an excerpt from a C.J. Mahaney sermon.

Mahaney says, ” Before we can begin to see the cross as something done FOR us, leading us to faith and worship, we have to see it as something done BY us, leading us to repentance.  Only the man or woman who is prepared to own his share in the guilt of the cross may claim his share in its grace.”  That’s good and it’s in a hip-hop song…awesome.