Here is a definition from Miriam Webster:
sabbatical noun sab·bat·i·cal - a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc.
I realized yesterday that I will miss the "regular job." I like what I get to do in ministry at City Reformed. It is often exhausting, but it is a real privilege to share life with people and to preach/teach the Scriptures. But, I am really looking forward to a break. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to "rest, travel and do research."
This morning, as I started to decompress a little, I had a startling realization. I realized that I seldom have time to think as much as I need to think. I tend to spin from one situation to another and I have had the nagging feeling that my level of reflection is inadequate. The long term question regards how to make that change for an ongoing basis. But for now, these are my personal goals for this sabbatical period. These are the things that I want to think about more deeply:
1.) I want to allow my mind to decompress and relax.
2.) I want to read and write about some important topics which I rarely get to explore. (See earlier post.)
3.) I want to take in new experiences and be shaped by the global church. (Athens.)
4.) I want the time to focus my mental energy on my relationships with my wife and our children.
5.) I want to think about the big picture challenges that City Reformed will face as we plow through the upcoming years. (I think that steps #1-4 will help to make that occur in fresh ways.)
I would appreciate your prayers. I am deeply grateful to my church for making this possible.