For most people that serve in full time ministry it is often difficult to stop and rest. This should not really be that difficult as God himself, rested on the 7th day and gave orders for us to follow suite. Far too often though, we serve, give, play, etc all seven days and we do not stop to rest unless we take a vacation. There is something far to wrong with that picture and something that after 24 years of ministry is going to change with this man. For the first time ever, I’m taking a sabbatical. My current church, blesses its pastors with a sabbatical at the end of the sixth year of service to be taken sometime during the seventh. I am now on a 15-week time off where I’m not allowed to do anything “ministerial.” I am to rest, reflect, renew and refocus and those are truly my goals on during this time.