sabbatical | səˈbadək(ə)l |
a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked: she's away on sabbatical | he requested permission to take a sabbatical in Istanbul | he took a three-month sabbatical from his job as CEO of a family business.
I just learned a great time-management strategy the other day from one of my mentors in the faith, LeRoy Lawson:
Step One: Determine what is important.
Step Two: Do that.
Step Three: Determine what is unimportant
Step Four: Don’t do that.
This summer I have the opportunity to practice that strategy. After serving for seven years as the Lead Pastor of East 91stStreet Christian Church, I will be taking a three-month sabbatical. Our elders have been most gracious by telling me, “Determine what is important, and do that.” What is important this summer is rest, renewal and recalibration. And what is unimportant? Just about everything else, and it’s time not to do that.
My sabbatical plans include several weeks where Laura and I will simply “be”—be present together to rest. Then we will “do”—serve with an E91 team in Ecuador and then in Chile with one of our ministry partners, Iberoamerican Ministries (www.iamweb.org). Lastly, I will “go”—spend 32 days on a pilgrimage on the Camino de
Beginning next week, my blogs will take on a new focus. Instead of writing twice a week, I’ll cut back to a weekly
For those of you who are part of the E91 family, know that through the summer our ministries, outreach,
So, enjoy your summer, and I look forward to our journey of being, doing, and going. And while we’re at it, why not try the above time-management strategy in your life?