Summer is almost is almost upon us, and for some reason I was thinking of an advertisement I saw in a travel magazine inviting readers to visit Canada. The backdrop was of a beautiful mountain and a deep blue lake. The caption said, “Don’t think of it as a vacation. Think of it as preparation for eternity.” That resonates with me, even now as I’m turning the corner into a new season of ministry. I want to keep my perspective, whatever comes my way.
From crisis to victory and crisis again.
A church planting colleague once said to me,
“I keep hearing about how we are supposed to be balanced. But I’m not sure I find the idea of ‘balance’ in the Bible, and I don’t think of myself as very balanced.”
Church planters might agree with that. After all, planting a church normally means going from crisis to victory to crisis again. But somewhere in the equation, I think we’d all agree that we need to find a centred peace from God—one that keeps us on track and in perspective. I love the aspiration of Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Here’s how I practically put that verse into practice (I picked up this framework up somewhere, and I’ve customized it to work with my personal cadence).
- Divert Daily through reading the Bible and praying. Right now I’m reading the book of Romans.
- Withdraw Weekly by at least taking at least a 24-hour period away from work.
- Maintain Monthly, by taking a personal retreat day.
- Abandon Annually by taking at least a few weeks of vacation.
The “real” world…
Speaking of vacation, years ago I was returning from a trip to Hawaii. At the airport I heard so many people bemoan that they were leaving. They said, with resignation, “Now back to the real world.” Right then and there I decided I would live differently. I think that our times of perspective are often closer to the “real world” of what God has in store for us, than the cat-and-mouse fury we’re often tethered to. I want our movement to be God-centered, God-dependent, and full of perspective. Thank you for joining me in the work of seeing lives change—for this world, and for the real world to come.