• Personal Sabbath Update

    Allow me the opportunity to provide a personal update of my first three weeks of taking a Sabbath. While recording this update here provides me an opportunity to reflect on my experience, my primary goal is to encourage others as I record my own thoughts in a journal. I am taking this opportunity to provide an update because I am approximately halfway through this journey to discover and employ a Sabbath in my life. My first post on the need for rest was in late February and I will finish reading my first book on Sabbath at the end of June. Thus, this is about the midpoint and is a…

  • Rhythm

    Rhythm. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some it will be music. For others it will be nature. For others it may be life itself. And the reality is that all of those answers are correct – and, in one sense, the same. As I focus on the idea of Sabbath during this season, I am reading a book to help guide my thoughts and give me ideas. The book that I am reading is called Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives. It was written by Wayne Muller. Some who read this book may be turned off because it is not truly…

  • Remember the Sabbath

    Can you name the Ten Commandments? In order? Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to confess whether you did or not. The truth is that many people (particularly Christians) talk about the Commandments, but that doesn’t mean that they know them. But here is something I bet many people who know a few of the Commandments will know. What are the first two words of most of the Ten Commandments. “You shall…” Of the ten, eight start with “You shall…” Seven of those eight begin with “You shall not…” The eighth says “You shall have no…” which has the same effective meaning.* The other two are: Honor…

  • Slowing Down the STEPS Toward Sabbath

    “There is more to life than merely increasing its speed.” Gandhi How appropriate those words are! And they were spoken decades ago before the pace of life began to accelerate even further. Of course, now, in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, life has slowed down in many ways for many people. For some, the pace has come to a halt. While my pace has not slowed down yet, I continue to make progress toward that goal. Lord willing, on Saturday (the day after this post is published), I will realize my first Sabbath. In fact, it will be my first day without working since January 13, 2019 (over…

  • When Strategy and Sabbath Overlap

    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker Well, the coronavirus has impacted our culture greatly and thus impacted many plans and strategies along the way. The Bible says a great deal about making plans. A few examples would be: The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16.9 Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16.3 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What…

  • Short Reviews – A Review of My Recent Reading List (2020 – 1st Qtr)

    On the right side of this blog, I provide my current reading list. While I often read other books simultaneously, my goal each quarter is to read one book from each of the “steps” that help me fulfill my strategy which is comprised of the acrostic LEARN.* Therefore, I choose the books I read carefully because I want them to help me improve as a teacher, a pastor, a leader, and most importantly as a person. Thus, I rarely read books that are disappointing to me. However, some are more helpful than others, so I thought it might be helpful to share a few insights from my reading, in case…

  • God’s Provision Includes Rest

    Are you worked up over COVID-19? Some are more than others. On the one hand, some are being arrogant and irresponsible. On the other hand, some are letting fear control their every decision – or worse yet, are letting fear keep them from making any decisions. As we continue to work through the COVID-19 challenge, I am reminded how important having a personal strategy is. If you have read my blog for a number of years, you may remember an entire series I did on the 4Ls back in 2017 on another site. Overall, I break my thoughts into my vision, my mission, my strategy, and my steps. As I…

  • God Can Make Us REST

    Over the past week, you have likely watched, read, or listened to programs and/or articles related to COVID-19. Am I right? Of course, other news has not stopped, but COVID-19 IS the news right now. And it will be for some time to come. And, frankly, it would be easy to create another post about the virus right here. But having done additional writings and announcements as a pastor of a church, and having recorded one bonus episode and changed direction on another for my podcast, I need a break from thinking about COVID-19 too. So, apart from one more short paragraph, this post will not mention the virus again.…

  • Rest: The Anti-“Heart Killer”

    Most of us know someone who wears a sleep tracker. Perhaps you are that someone. Why do people wear them? As the name implies, these devices are worn to track our sleep. Or, in other words, the devices allow people to know how well they are resting. The concept is based upon circadian rhythms. But rhythms and rest go far beyond our sleep. Sleep allows us to recharge after a day, but our bodies are meant for more rest than that. Wayne Muller’s book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight In Our Busy Lives, begins with these words:                 “In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the…

  • A Good Place to Start

    Have you ever had a large project staring you in the face and you simply wonder how to get going? I believe most people find this scenario to be true at some point (or many points) in their lives. But as the old saying goes, “you eat an elephant one bite at a time.” So basically, you just need to find a place to start and start. Now, people like Stephen Covey will tell you that it is best to begin with the end in mind. And I am all for that. In fact, I have done that, and am doing that with this project of seeking Sabbath. Over the…