I love the motivation that comes from getting ready to go on vacation. I know that in order for me to have a great time, I have to get a ton of stuff done. I have to really plan ahead both at work and at home. No procrastination. Totally committed. Knocking out every task at hand.

It’s a great feeling getting all that accomplished. And when we pull out, I am free. No worries. No concerns.

I wonder what it would be like if I could replicate that energy and focus all the time. While it could cause me to “burn out” it also might create some momentum and great sustainable habits.

So this week I really prioritized my time. I delegated to some awesome coworkers. The team planned forward a couple of months in advance.

At home we found house sitters. Took great care of our vehicles. Prepared a budget for the trip. Etc.

No brain surgery. Just focused energy and passion.

I really believe God will give us energy and passion, when we are focused on the right things.

Isaiah 26:3
3 You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast,

because he trusts in you.

And in Mark. Jesus says, “Therefore keep watch

because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening,

or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.

36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.

37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: Watch!”

Clearly, we are at our best when we are focused on God and when we work with a sense of urgency that a deadline brings.

I would encourage all of us to set some deadlines that would motivate us to make the most of today.

Obviously, the greatest motivator is looking forward to seeing Jesus face to face. What a day that will be!!!

5 more days before vacation, can’t wait to get up in the morning.

Joe McKinney