"I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people: to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work on earth during the few days of their life which God has given them, for this is their reward." (Ecclesiastes 5:18, NET)

January 5, 2015

Just one lie

I don't leave food on my plate, and I don't leave vacation days unused. These are two things that I feel strongly should never be wasted. If I can't eat something, I save it for later or give it away. And if I don't have time to take many vacation days during the year, I cram them in at the end. Nothing is left on the table!

It's now past midnight on the last day of my extended Christmas vacation. Once I go to sleep, it's over, so I'm writing this post instead.

Looking back over my 30 days of downtime, here are some of the things I enjoyed. One of these, however, is a lie. Can you guess which one it is?

  1. Had 1-on-1 time with my daughter—went shopping and ate fajitas outside on a gloriously beautiful day
  2. Had 1-on-1 time with my son—sat by a fire on a cold, cloudy morning eating breakfast, drinking coffee, and discussing theology
  3. Had sleepovers with the grandkids—played games, did puzzles, made crafts, watched videos, cuddled, and joyfully listened to them rattle on about their thoughts and feelings
  4. Spent a lovely day with my friends Jennifer and Betsy, just talking, eating, and drinking
  5. Except for Sundays, got out of bed at whatever time I felt like it
  6. Took a nice nap nearly every afternoon that I was at home
  7. Ate a ton of holiday food, including old favorites like fudge, spinach and artichoke dip, sausage balls, and deviled eggs, plus new favorites like chocolate muffins and bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with almonds
  8. Read the book "Unbroken"
  9. Read the story of Christ's birth to the grandkids before handing out their gifts on Christmas Eve
  10. Played 3 trash-talking, belly-laughing games of Scrabble on Christmas night with Deke, Rex, and the team of Dale and Didi
  11. Watched a few good movies and countless TV shows about true crimes, home renovations, and competing chefs 
  12. Watched 3 football games in 1 day with Robert
  13. Grew even more enamored with J. J. Watt
  14. Gave all of my votes to help Craig Wayne Boyd win "The Voice"
  15. Celebrated New Year's Eve in my pajamas
So which one do you think is the lie? Is it one with a lot of details to throw you off? Or did I just ask that to steer you away from a simpler one that's more likely a lie? Scroll down to find out, then please let me know how you did.

The lie is ...

#6. I took only 1 nap during my time off! Every day was enjoyable in some way, and I didn't want to miss any part of it. Even so, I'm extremely grateful for the job I get to go back to. And now, it's time to set my alarm clock ...

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