1. Have an organized welcoming committee if possible.
The Davis family’s expert hospitality is one of the major reasons we again chose Janelle’s home in the Netherlands for our vacation. Things for the “welcome committee” to consider are airport pickup (how many vehicles and car seats are needed?), sleeping arrangements, the first day’s meals, and helping to acclimate the new arrivals to the local time zone.
2. Keep moving!
It can be a challenge to stay awake during daylight hours on the first day. Janelle foresaw this, and planned a few easy activities for us to do as soon as we arrived.
3. Cultivate family unity.
The best tool for acclimating to a new time zone is family. It’s difficult to even think of sleep when you’re busy laughing and telling stories. Beginning with the first night, we gathered together for supper and family devotions. It’s vital to recognize Christ as the center of any family gathering. Without His Spirit, things can get ugly fast; but with Him, one can enjoy the priceless jewel of unity.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another”
Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”