Life is tiring. Investing in people can be downright draining. This fall I realized that for almost 20 years I have been investing in people in some form or fashion. I’m excited to announce that it’s time to stop – to rest.
The Board of Directors at Pine Cove has graciously granted many of us in leadership the opportunity to get away for a month for the purpose of rest, reflection and refreshment. I consider it a time to “lick my wounds.”
True to form, God saw it fit for me to come across this book a few months ago. It helped me to recognize the value in disconnecting for a period of time. As well, certain sections of this book have been invaluable in reminding me of the need for God’s continued work in my life as a leader.
For those of you that enjoy following this blog, I wanted to let you know beginning December 17, I will be totally unplugging from almost everything digital until January 30, 2012. It is a period of 6 weeks. No email. No blogging. No Twitter. No Facebook. It will be a time of soul rest for me and my family.
If you follow me on Twitter, you will still see many books and resources that I like to point out to people. I’ll be setting those on a scheduled release. I have scheduled some Tweets to go out as well.
I’ve set four goals for my sabbatical:
2. Connection and deepened intimacy with Jesus.
3. Good, focused time with my family.
4. Further sharpening in my competencies.
A young guy asked me the other day how I turn my mind off from all responsibilities when I am “off.” “Easy,” I told him. “You have to make a plan.”
Although the document I made to outline my plan is two pages, here are a few highlights from it:
- I have asked a retired pastor friend of mine to be my spiritual mentor during my break. He and I will talk weekly. I’m sure he will help me unpack all that God teaches me during my time.
- I plan to read the books, Mentoring Leaders, Leading From the Second Chair, and a good biography that I have yet to find.
- I will be studying through the book of II Corinthians.
- I’ll be journaling in a journal that I got just for this time.
- I will be taking naps. (This is big for me. I’m not a big “napper.”)
- My family and I will go on a long trip somewhere. (Yes, this is Steph and I and 5 kids under the age of 6 going on a 15+ hour road trip. Now this sounds like a good time!)
- I will work through these tutorial videos on how to use “Logos,” a Bible study software.
- Steph and I will be going on plenty of dates, including one good “Movie-Palooza,” where we go to 2 movies, back to back one afternoon.
I hope your holidays are a sweet time for you and your family. I’ve sure planned for mine to be. I look forward to “reconnecting” back with you at the end of January. Until then…