I am on vacation for the next week. This particular vacation has a different feel to it in that I am feeling pretty free to really enjoy it. My life for over 6 years has been filled with a constant feeling of responsibility for things in my professional life. My recent change from working for myself to working a “regular” job has been a very welcome change. Instead of constantly worrying about a business, client needs, etc., I now have been blessed with a chance to have a true vacation from work, and focus on me and what God has for me next. So what does that mean to me? I am going away to a vacation that has lots of free time to spend with family, friends, golf and relaxation. I have realized that those are not enough for me right now. I believe that I can do a better job in all those areas if I focus on time with God first. My pastor Jay has told me of many occasions where he has vacationed, but each day started with a special “away” time with God. I want to focus on that. I want to start each and every day with a more focused time spent alone early in the day, simply being. Being with God, being in the Word and seeing how that guides my thinking, my day, and my walk. I really do not have a big plan, other than to journal my thoughts. My only plan thus far is to be alone in the a.m., and be still and listen. Such a simple plan, but I am waiting expectantly. I believe that taking that posture has great possibilities. Submitting my heart to God with no agenda, no specific asks other than asking Him to speak to me. I am going to do that as much as I can. I am also going to pick up the phone and call my friend Rob, with whom I have had such a great spiritual connection with in the past, but somehow seem to have lost. I want to speak with my parents with time to talk. I want to hear my wife’s heart in conversation with her. I am going to pick up the phone and call Jay, just to hear what words he has for me. I am just going to enjoy my family, celebrate what God has done for me in blessing me with family, friends, and whatever comes to mind. I am going to ask God what he wants me to do next.
Then I am going to lay out a plan for myself, based upon what words I get from God, friends and family. Maybe it seems strange to you, but to me it feels like what God wants me to do with my time away.
I am looking forward to it, but mostly I am looking forward to what God will tell me. Pray for my clarity — PLEASE.