We've just returned from a wonderful week's holiday at a friend's bach in Pauanui. Reading, soaking in the spa, walking miles along the beach in t-shirt and shorts (and they call this WINTER??), talking in thoughtful mode, and soaking up the glorious beauty of the Kiwi countryside - all this has left us refreshed in body, mind, soul and spirit. I was shocked to realise that in the 10 months we've been here, apart from a long weekend in December, this was our first proper break. I love most of what I am paid to do, I spend time with people I love, respect and enjoy, and it is thrilling to see God at work - but none of that takes the place of time off. Not taking a break is not being committed, faithful, hard-working or clever - it is stupid, stupid, stupid. Note to self - take proper hlidays, regularly. Note to others - if I don't, tell me.