Yes… I unplugged for seven weeks. I am proud of myslf, actually. I’m not the kind of guy who thrives on solitude…which is mainly what it was. So as you might have guessed, this whole “Sabbatical” thing was not my idea. It was the Holy Spirit’s idea, When I asked Him what I was to do on this seven week Sabbatical, my instructions were clear: REST. “If it’s restful, do it. If it’s not restful…DON’T.
Some of you right now are salivating, You would LOVE nothing better than seven weeks off with nothing to do but rest. For me, on the other hand, the very idea was torture. I don’t thrive on solitude. I thrive on activity. I love activity. I love productivity. I love tasks. I love task lists. I love projects.
The Truth? I love to WORK.
Many of you think that I’m really sick, I know. But there are also many people who can identify with what I’m saying. Even though it’s popular to constantly be running from work and chasing the ever elusive “enough time off”…consider this:
1. When you LOVE what you do, then you don’t find yourself running FROM work, but running TO it.
2. For those who believe in living productive lives, we realize that NOTHING PRODUCTIVE HAPPENS WITHOUT WORK.
3. Work keeps us connected to our purpose in life.
4. What doesn’t look like work to one is most definitely work for another. For example, I used to work in factories many years ago. Furniture factories and metal factories. The manual labor was so hard, that I couldn’t imagine “thinking” for a living as real WORK. Now that my responsibilities involve mainly thinking, I realize that it’s the hardest work!
The reason that God led me into this Sabbatical is because He knew, and I know now, that the one thing one usually doesn’t get during activity is CLARITY. Clarity is SO necessary when you need to stay focused. Without clarity, activity becomes “the goal” in the place of the actual GOAL. The other side of that is that when a person thrives on solitude, which many of you do, you can mistake CLARITY for PRODUCTIVITY. Clarity becomes “the goal” in the place of the actual GOAL.
Soooo…lesson #1 is that we all need BOTH clarity and productivity. Whichever one you gravitate toward, just realize that the Holy Spirit may very well put you in a situation to bring balance. HE did with me.