Vacating for Rest

For the next 10 days, I will be unplugging from my communication, website, and social media for a brief respite to rejuvenate and recharge.

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Like many of you, I work hard…

Divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually.

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And I love it! I find great joy and satisfaction in creating programs and content, getting my hands dirty, stretching myself and my capacity, and achieving goals. I love waking early, beginning my morning with a run before the city begins bustling, walking into my neighborhood coffee shop greeted by my favorite employees, and entering my clean, cozy office with a full day or work ahead. Aside from investing into my family and personal well-being and platform, I love knowing that I am in a  positing at my work to hit home runs. I love swinging for the fences!

But I have learned a few important things about myself since first serving in ministry more than two years ago. Many of them pertain to productivity, but this one pertains closer to my personal rhythms of life: even extroverts get tired. 

I score a full 10 on the Myers-Brigg Extrovert scale, but even the gregarious have limits. Even the life of the party slows down. And with every passing month, I am learning that I am no exception.

I packed a full summer calendar of dishes for my occupational entree, including leadership over a middle school camp and student mission trip to Kolkata, India, as well as overseeing the everyday logistics of our student ministry and preparing for our next academic year.

I admit: I'm tired. Our family vacation could not have arrived at a more perfect time. 

Stacy and I will be traveling to Miami, Florida, her hometown for a few days, before we leave for a 7 day stay at her family's home on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. We call it the Cliff House, and it is a wonderful legacy left by her late grandfather for the now large (and still growing) family.

I intend to use the gift of our house by recharging my physical, mental, spiritual, and familial batteries in the following ways:

-- Physical: Adequate rest, healthy diet, and continued regular exercise. I will be taking a hiatus from my morning runs and exchanging the time for daily swims and snorkels in the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

-- Mental: Reading 2 e-books on my iPad Mini: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell and believe it or not a re-read of Andy Stanley's Deep and Wide. Why? I realized about 3/4 of the way through the book that I read it very quickly and missed the rationale for how he arrived at several points that he made. I decided that I wanted to dedicate a solid chunk of time to reading through his argument for reaching out to unchurched people one more time while taking notes.

-- Spiritual: Dedicate the very first part of my morning to prayer and Scripture reading. I just finished the Gospel of Mark and am looking forward to digging into the Book of Luke once again.

-- Familial: Truthfully, I am most looking forward to walks with my beautiful wife, watching the sunset over the ocean, and sitting next to her, holding hands, on our porch. I can't wait to make new and much needed deposits into our marriage account. Additionally, I am very excited to reconnect with my in-laws and make some much needed deposits into our relationship, as well.

While I am away, I'd like to make one simple request of you:

Pray: Pray for Stacy and me. Pray for our renewal and rest. And pray for our new family, as Stacy and I are expecting our first child at the end of January! Pray that we glean wisdom together to discern important decisions about the trajectory of our new family.

I appreciate you and all of my readers who support Stacy and metogether in our ministry at our local context and my website, as well as our decision to rest and abandon all things electronic for the next 10 days. I am looking forward to sharing with you how God burdens my heart for our next season of ministry.

QUESTION: How do you rest? What habits, places, and methods do you put into place to discover rest?