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Alternative Spring Break? Can I mix fun with something meaningful?

Feeling a tug to do something more meaningful on your spring break than relax on a beach? Here are a few things to consider:

1. What is my purpose? Not your purpose in life – but the purpose behind your spring break plans. Are you looking to leave your life behind and R-E-L-A-X? Are you finding a way to glorify God in your plans? You can absolutely glorify God in relaxation – though the path to questionable decisions often begins with idle time.

2. Are you giving God the opportunity to bless your hard work this year? We all need breaks from the routine of life and school, but are you able to bring God along to whichever type of break you choose? Does your decision leave room for him to bless your actions and relationships?

3. Have you prayed about it? If you are going somewhere with a group of people who challenge you in a positive way, encourage good decisions and generally seek to include God in their lives, a trip to the mountains or the beach can be great. But if you hear a quiet whisper to explore an alternative spring break, perhaps God is asking you to open the door for him in a bigger way. Listen for his voice as you pray for guidance.

Ask a few trusted adults in your life if they ever experienced an ASB; their stories may surprise and inspire you. Remember to trust your heart as you seek our Father’s blessing over your plans.

This column originally appeared in Faith Catholic magazine and was written by Cynthia Kaan.

 

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