All leaders require rest……but all don’t realize it!
Sabbatical: Similar to the purpose in our weekly Sabbath, a Sabbatical (at least in church terms) is a number of days or weeks set aside for Prayer, Bible intake, reflection, and physical rest.
Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them. – Ezekiel 20:12
I’m fortunate to be serving on staff at a church that sees the benefit in it’s pastoral staff taking regular Sabbaticals. Recently, I returned from a 3-day Sabbatical. Here are three reflections I came away with after comparing this one with others I’ve had in past years.
They are always different | These times away are spiritual journeys. And since the Holy Spirit leads the way, it’s a good idea to not over-plan. Enter it with a focus, but leave enough margin open for God to reveal his intentions for you.
They always have value | Sometimes we simply need tons of physical rest. Other times fresh vision and insight is needed from reading the Word and listening to other teachers/preachers. And then there are those times when we are desperately searching God’s will in a heavy decision. No matter the ‘why,’ this time alone with God is always valuable.
They are never what you expected | This one was no exception. As usual, I began this most recent one with a handful of specific expectations. Things I wanted gain insight on from God. In keeping with how he usually does things, God provided just what I ‘needed’ and nothing more. And you know what? What he spoke was better than what I had asked for.
What have been your experiences with Sabbaticals? What challenges come to mind for when contemplating experiencing something like this for yourself?