Tag: rest

The Priority of Priorities

  I’ve been working my way through the Top Ten. This is the last on the list. But certainly not the least on the list. Ever since I funneled four decades of leadership lessons into a 90-minute teaching session for a group of young millennial worship interns last summer, I’ve been unpacking each of them […]

Sabbatical: Everywhere I Go I See You

  It’s one of those songs stuck on “repeat.” Over and over for several days now. I keep hearing these words, “Everywhere I go I see You, everywhere I go I see You…everywhere I go I see You…” It all started when we began reflecting on the fact that it was our final full week […]

Sabbatical: Intentional Legacy-Leaving

  Resting, Retooling, Recharging and Reconnecting. We are daily immersing ourselves in these four stated goals of our sabbatical. Today, I watch a female Rufous hummingbird probe the flowers on the bank of the glacier-fed McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The dopamine, serontonin and endorphin-producing sounds of the water rushing over the […]

Sabbatical: Vacation or More?

  I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve heard it. “Wow, that’s quite a vacation! I need a vacation like that.” And I want to respond, “It’s a sabbatical, not a vacation!” I know. Most would wonder if there is a difference. If so, what is it? Isn’t a sabbatical just a long […]

Blessed Beyond Measure

  The last 14 months have been personally filled with anticipation, planning, waiting, wondering, worrying, relief, profound gratitude and now, anticipation all over again. It was 14 months ago that I made a decision to apply for the 2013 National Clergy Renewal Program grant funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Thirty-five years of being […]

Work Less–Get More Done

  Most of us Americans love to work. Or perhaps we’re afraid not to. A 2010 survey indicated that the average American accrues 18 vacation days and uses only 16. The average French worker takes more than twice the vacation time. Okay, what goes through your mind when you read that statistic? To some, the […]

Staying Energized (Part 2)

  We’ve established that our physical, emotional and spiritual energy is finite, not unlimited. Just doing life, working and relating to people will drain our energy levels. You can name a ton more specific energy-drainers: financial stress, conflict, internal incongruity, health issues, insecurity and more. But, the question is, how do you restore and refuel […]

Recharge vs. Discharge

  “A burned up brain won’t start.” Pardon? Yep! That’s what Alice told Bob, “A burned up brain won’t start.” You see, Bob is the night-time janitor in a large company that cleans the CEO’s office. Alice was Bob’s late wife. Bob was telling Roger, the CEO of the company, that Alice use to tell […]