Life Scribbles: Detoxing from Life as Unusual
I’m entering day 9 of my sabbatical from ministry at New Hope. My goal going into this 6 week season was simple: recalibrate my life to the usual. Yes, the usual. Although normalcy is somewhat relative, I knew my life had to recenter itself into simplicity (something I feel that I have lost this past year).
Leading a faith community is no easy task. It is all consuming to lead complex people and facilitate an environment in which they can honestly engage God (without me getting in their way too much). Quite honestly, I’m thoroughly impressed by those who appear to do it so well. Religion is personal, public, and permeates the whole being. Faith leaders must learn how to navigate and thoughtfully interact with all kinds of fields of study and expertise if they want to be effective in helping others.
In ministry, there is no real “clocking out” of work when the day is done. Even with vacations and days off, life of the community goes on and the needs do not cease to aggregate themselves your way. It’s no wonder why so many ministry leaders are either burnt out or addicted to unhealthy behavior.
I’ll be celebrating my 20th year of ministry this month (Yes, I started when I was 18!). This unusual life is the only life I’ve know for the past two decades. I don’t necessarily feel tired or burnt out, but I do feel off-centered as it relates to being human. I’m attempting to detox from my abnormality during this time off.
So, here’s what I’ve created as my weekly rhythm (based on this past week of activities). I write this to remind myself of why I’m praying God would restore in my life.
- I work Mondays to Wednesdays on my new company (Ideation Consultancy) I established with some great creatives last year. We are blessed to have several amazing clients. Our company does everything from organizational strategy, brand development, design, web, mobile apps, & creative events/conferences.
- I write Thursdays and Fridays at my favorite coffee shop in Redondo Beach. I work on articles and a new book I’m writing about idea-making.
- I visit my wife at work for lunch once a week.
- I work out 5-6 times a week at 24 Hour Fitness.
- I hang out with my kids everyday and create special moments with them each weekend.
- I don’t work late at night. I veg with my wife at night.
- I actually go to church with my family. This is something we’ve never done consistently. I’m usually off to church early Sunday mornings to prep.
- Our family has planned a couple of short trips away. Just because…
- I spend regular times of prayer and reflection. Even as a leader of a church, I sometimes forget that I need to nurture my own faith with God.
I’m so appreciative of a church that allows me to detox like this. Feeling much more alive than ever 🙂