Last year’s sabbatical is different on all levels. Ha! I’ve been in ministry twelve years, and last year was my first one. Heck, I didn’t even know how to take a sabbatical. I had to call on my Pastor friends to help a brother out. Then COVID came like a thief in the night.

COVID altered my sabbatical plans altogether and set me on a different course that I did not expect. One of the first lessons I’ve relearned is God is a provider. On all levels. He has shown up and shown out and has richly blessed me and my family. This is huge for me. I guess in this season I’m embracing and experiencing God as “Daddy God.”

He has shown up and shown out and has richly blessed me and my family.

It is not about me. I wish it was. Man! I wish life revolved around me. If I’m honest, at times I feel like it should all the hell I’ve been through. It’s not. See, this sabbatical is different in that my whole family is taking a sabbatical. We are a family of six and all four of my kids are nine and under. One pointer my counselor gave me was to dedicate a day to each one of my kids and take them out and do something fun every week. I’ve passed that test. I thought this sabbatical was going to be about me. It hasn’t been. It’s been about us – as a family. I’m loving every bit, but it’s also painful because of how I imagined spending sabbatical. I equated taking a sabbatical with – self. Nope. Not this one. God had something else in mind. Family.

I thought this sabbatical was going to be about me. It hasn’t been. It’s been about us – as a family.

Love looks like something. We all can quote 1 Corinthians 13. Today it took on a whole new meaning. Something shifted when my wife left for the day to have a day for herself, and I was left back to hang out and chill with the kids. It just shifted. It was around lunchtime and I got all the kids lunch, and BOOM! I’m called to love. It just hit me. I got my bible app out and read 1 Corinthians 13:14-16… “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I’ve read these passages probably hundreds of times, but today it was different. This sabbatical is about me loving my family.

This sabbatical is about me loving my family.

I’m sure before this week is over God will show me more, but for now I’m relearning old lessons, but seeing them in a new light. What are you learning?