Were you saving your leave for a holiday this year? Were you hoping to see the autumn colours in Europe or Japan? Or were you planning on a mission trip to Nepal or Cambodia initially?

Until a COVID-19 vaccine is available (which seems unlikely this year), it looks like travel for non-essential business will not happen anytime soon.

So what are we going to do with our annual leave? Where can we go? What can we do?

Here’s some ideas:

1. Explore the hidden corners of your housing estate

2. Sample the rich offerings of GrabFood (or Foodpanda)

3. Soak in the wisdom of Netflix

4. Bury yourself in a book

5. Go KonMari and declutter your house

Does this list seem a little “unspiritual” to you? Or, do you feel guilty spending a whole day (or more) watching movies on Netflix? Consider this perspective from Ecclesiastes 3:12–13: “There is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God”.

There’s nothing wrong with using our annual leave to enjoy the fruit of our labour (such as having good food), to do the things that make us happy (reading, exercising, watching movies), and to find creative ways to do good (which may include making your wife happy by cleaning up the house).

Perhaps not being able to go overseas could also give us a great opportunity to re-discover the simple pleasures of the delicious douhua at the local hawker centre, the beauty of a sunset, and the wild flowers sprouting along the pathways. Singapore is after all a food paradise, a garden city, and much more.

And what about the idea of “soaking in the wisdom of Netflix”? If we remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) and are guided by it to choose and process what we watch, I believe we can gain God’s wisdom for skilful living from movies and dramas.

Unconvinced? Here’s 3 things that one husband learned after watching Korean drama Crash Landing on You with his wife.

Share with us other ideas you have about how we could use up our annual leave this year by writing to singapore@odb.org.

Poh Fang never dreamed of being in a language-related profession; chemistry was her first love. The turning point came when she received Jesus as her Savior as a 15-year-old and expressed to Him that she would like to create books that touch lives. She serves with Our Daily Bread Ministries in the Singapore office as Managing Editor.