I have been reading in the Gospels (Mark 1:35 and 6:46) how Jesus took time away to just connect with God. It has been hitting me more and more that I need to get back to that.
While I was away I just relaxed the first night to slow down some more. The second day I was there I really was intentional in reading my Bible, listening to God and finished reading Emotionally Healthy Spiritually by Peter Scazzero. The book has been extremely helpful to me and all that has gone on in my life in the last ten years (yep I am admitting that I am imperfect pastor who has junk in his life). The other day a trusted leader stopped me mid-sentence and said "Neal, do you realize how much you have been through in the last 10 years?" I think we all need to get away to remember where God has taken us and where God is leading us.
We live in a culture that radically needs to figure out how to slow down and take the time to spend with Jesus. Three I have learned that everyone can do are:
1. Turn your phone off
This is something that can be difficult but every time I turn my phone off for 24 hours I feel better. I feel the burden of life slow down and it allows me to focus on what matters most in my life.
2. Take a day off
There is no way you can maintain the pace of life that the world asks of you without doing this. I find it crazy that we are committed to 9 of the 10 commandments but are so easy to disregard the Sabbath (myself included).
3. Get away when you can
I know its not always possible to get away and put life on hold for 24-72 hours but can I encourage you to find times in your schedule to get away and hear the voice of God? I can assure you that He wants to speak to you as bad as you would like to hear His voice.