Why Is Summer Vacation So Important?


As a school administrator, I am so thankful for the day school is out. The summer break is so vital because I am in need of some relaxation and recharging. From the beginning of August  until the day school ends (sometimes beyond) my days are full: football practices for my husband, church activities, football games on Saturday for our son, cheer practices and competitions for our daughter, Thunder games, choir and dance practice for our daughter, chaperoning school activities and so much more. By the time May is here, I have hit the wall and looking forward to some downtime. (Side Note:  I do love my job and my students!)


This year my husband and I finally took a vacation….just the two of us. This was one of the best vacations we have ever had because we took time to rest, relax, and recharge. Recharge our minds, recharge our bodies, and recharge our marriage. We had no agenda on vacation except to relax, which made us more focused on each other and Jesus. My quiet times were uninterrupted and very intentional. I had the focus and time to dive deep into the word and allow Jesus to speak to me.

While I was able to focus on Him during our vacation, I was reminded of the following.

  1. Even God took a day of rest. When God created the Earth, he took the seventh day to rest. (Genesis 2:2)

  2. The Lord calls us to Him when we need rest. (Matthew 11:28)

  3. Our rest can always be found in Jesus. (Mark 6:31)

I hope that you take time to rest this summer. Whether that is a break from social media, a vacation with your family, a staycation while kids are at camp, not answering your phone in the evening, or even a more dedicated time with the Lord. I hope you find rest before the craziness of the school year begins again. Vacation is important for us all.


Meet the Author!

Tammy Jensen is mother, wife and school administrator.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Education. She is the mom of three children over the age of 19 with one being multiple special needs and an adopted son. She has been married to her husband, John for 23 years. Her mission field is education as she gets to impact students lives through the love of Christ. Currently she serves as Dean of Students, Spirit Coordinator and Activities Director at Crossings Christian School.