It is good to be back as this is my first time sharing with you all in 3 weeks. Our family took an extended vacation spending a great deal of time together. How awesome it was to spend that time together letting our kids know, and my wife, how important they are to me.
I do want to thank you for your kindness, and I say a special thank you to my team at church that took care of things while we were away. Not it is time to plug back in, but before the week starts I’d like to give you some thoughts about all that this time away did for us.
To be able to unplug gave our family and me freedom to experience things that are hard to get to when we are connected to the fast paced life most of us have chosen. Here are a few of the things that come to mind as blessings from the overflow. I was able to find…
Freedom to focus on my family
Our time away started with a cruise that made us unplug in every way. It was awesome to spend having fun together and letting each one know how vital they are to our family. Our kids are growing up do fast, and it is our responsibility to love them like Jesus loves them.
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
Freedom to disconnect from busyness
This was tough at first because I really love what I get to do leading the church and encouraging people. But all these things keep my mind engaged all the time. As the days went on I was able to connect with my family as I disconnected with the items of daily life. My prayer is that I gained perspective, have better ability to prioritize and am more equipped to help others see the potential God gave them.
Acts 3:19 NASB
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
Repenting is not just about sin. It is also about simply changing the direction I am going in so that I can be refreshed.
Freedom to let go of what is holding me back
Don’t get this wrong. I did not say that this time away allowed me to change everything, but what it did do was allow me to step back and examine the happenings of my life and work. As a leader I can help others do more. I can find ways to do more and to be more affective. To see these things takes perspective, and the only way to get perspective is to take a step back.
Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord.
Freedom to hear from God
I close with what is the most important piece that I take away from the last 3 weeks. The more time we spend with God the more time we want to spend with God. Step up a little further. The more we experience the blessings and goodness of God the more we want to experience. The best part is the expectation. I expect God to do what He’s done in the past and even more.
The last 3 weeks of perspective will change my life and my family more than most of us will know. I am excited to stay connected with my wife and kids letting them know that they are the most important people in my life next to God.
Ahead of us at church are huge blessings because we are expecting God to do more. I am also expecting more of myself because God gave me potential just like He gave you potential. It takes perspective to tap in to it. Now I am calling it out!
Thank you God for the perspective that the last 3 weeks have given to me.