Larry Boatright wrote about the importance of a sabbatical break for his boss, Scott Hodge. Both guys serve at The Orchard in Aurora, Illinois. Normally you don’t hear a co-worker advocating for more time off for a colleague that he likes! Larry writes:
“This is a season where he takes off the whole month of July (from teaching and much of the day-to-day) to refresh his spirit, recalibrate his priorities for the upcoming year, and prepare to lead us the next year of ministry. I think this is one of the most important things he does every year….”
- It gives him a chance to recharge his batteries.
- It gives him an opportunity to connect deeply with God.
- It gives him a chance to give his family some quality time.
- It gives him a chance to step back and see things from a fresh perspective.
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A sabbatical break is invaluable. In my single guy days it didn’t seem as important to take a break other than the daily bike ride or jog alone. Now, I can’t imagine a not taking time off each year with my wife. Our relationship and life goals are aligned in simply spending time together away from all…turned off to work.
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sometimes we can get so caught up in our mission, we forget that these times allow us to recalibrate and allow fresh creative juices to flow free from the log jam of routine. great that he recognized that need for his leadership.
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