Taking a Break: Stopping to Smell the Roses

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What I’m about to say isn’t popular, nor advised and is horrible for building an audience or “platform” as they say, but it’s needed and what I feel led to do. My Lead Pastor (we’re a multisite church) is graciously giving me a paid Leave of Absence to get free from stress, not have a break down (like he experienced in his past) and get healthy and whole in every way (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).

God had laid on my heart a long time ago to blog about “stopping to smell the roses”, but hear me friends: It would have been all theory, philosophy and head knowledge. Now, after God is breaking me  (read my last blog post) and taking me through something significant in my spiritual journey, I am truly stopping to smell the roses – for the first time in decades!

When I shared with my church on Sunday night, September 22nd, I said, “Now it’s God first, then family, and last career.” Because of the gift that my pastor is giving me to get healthy (I don’t know when I’ll return to technology – I’m fasting from social media, too) – It is now, God and me and my health, and just my family. I don’t have the weight, burden or stress of worrying about my career right now. God is in control and we have a gifted and capable staff that will take care of our congregation in my absence.

I need this, I highly recommend this and I’m going to get healthy and right with God. Please pray for me while I’m gone and as God lays me on your heart. I will one day return to blog again in the future and I can’t wait to share what God did in just one person’s/my life. I love you and I pray God will bless you, your family, your ministry and your HEALTH! Goodbye for a season, my friends. And as often as you can, stop and smell the roses!

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3 thoughts on “Taking a Break: Stopping to Smell the Roses

  1. I'm really happy for you Greg!

    Your last two posts remind me of what God did in Thomas Aquinas. After he had written Summa Theologica he had a profound experience with God — Wikipedia says:

    On 6 December 1273 at the Dominican convent of Naples in the Chapel of Saint Nicholas after Matins Thomas lingered and was seen by the sacristan Domenic of Caserta to be levitating in prayer with tears before an icon of the crucified Christ. Christ said to Thomas, "You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have for your labor?" Thomas responded, "Nothing but you Lord."
    After this exchange something happened, but Thomas never spoke of it or wrote it down. Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate to his socius Reginald of Piperno. When Reginald begged him to get back to work, Thomas replied: “Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me” — (from Wikipedia)

  2. I've met many people in my life how God touched their hearts and lead their conscience. Even the most destitute of them all seems happy and content.

    I remember an article on a primitive African tribe on how they thanked God for all the blessings that he gave them (i.e. cattle, food, drink). They felt rich due to the large herd (not money) their tribe had accumulated through the years. That's why they don't understand foreigners seeing them as poor. For them, cattle and crops are signs of abundance, not how much money they've stored on their bank accounts.