Open Book

 

Today is the first day of my sabbatical. The next month lies before me like this picture…a blank page on a fresh morning filled with sweetness and light. It is the vision of GGCC leadership that “sabbatical is a time for ministry leaders to refresh, renew, recharge, reconnect with family, and re-vision for the future of their role in the God's Grace Community Church ministry.” 

Why?

Well, sometimes ministry is a 24/7 sport and finding the time to dream, to draw on God’s creativity, to listen to the music of the Spirit all around us, and to rest in God never seems to find its way onto one’s to-do list.

We all need to just stop once in a while. Not necessarily to change or re-configure ourselves, but to build on our strengths and nurture our sparks – our meaning and purpose. I think that in the midst of the busyness of life, we get all caught up in the doing -- leaving little time for the being. We worry about the what and forget the who. We’re so busy giving, there’s little room for receiving.

And – God is a giver! God wants to give us rest. God wants to give us peace. God wants to give us God’s Spirit and light and wisdom and grace! But when I’m so caught up in doing, giving, talking, emailing, writing, researching…when is there time to receive? And I’m not particularly good at receiving anyway. It leaves one vulnerable and having to admit neediness.

My prayer is that this blank page, fresh morning and sweet time will allow me to open myself up to God and all that God wants to give me. And, may you find some time to do the same.

These words from Psalm 18:20-24 in The Message is what I’m after:

GOD made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
he gave me a fresh start.

Now I'm alert to GOD's ways;
I don't take God for granted.

Every day I review the ways he works;
I try not to miss a trick.

I feel put back together,
and I'm watching my step.
GOD rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

See you July 12! Blessings on your days until then.

 Vikki

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Connie wrote:
That insight sloevs the problem. Thanks!

Tue, December 13, 2011 @ 11:41 PM

2. rslryg wrote:
16IGBk asrpnefwbyvv

Fri, December 16, 2011 @ 4:04 AM

3. Purwanty wrote:
Outstanding ministry guys. I caonnt say thank you enough for the investment of time, talent, and resources you guys made for our kids. I know that Christ is pleased! We had a great time and this was an experience our kids will never forget. Please continue to keep up the good work and remain steadfast in sharing your love for Christ and your passsion for horses with others.

Tue, January 8, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

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