One of the questions I’m asked whenever I talk about a personal retreat is, “What do you actually DO there?” Furthermore, some of you who might be interested in this might be wondering the same thing before you walk into your next elder’s meeting and ask for the time off.

You can structure your week/month in a way that fits where you are. For me, I’ve always used it holistically–as a time to pay attention to the personal, spiritual, and “professional” aspects of life. Here’s what it isn’t:

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind the Friday:

Is there anyone our society is harsher on than losing head coaches of high-profile teams?
This morning, I’m wrapping up my annual preaching retreat, a time during which I get a way for a bit to plan the next year’s sermon calendar, spend time focusing on spiritual and emotional renewal, and also look at some long-range issues/plans for the church. Some friends of mind do this for an entire month. That’s much better than what I do—and it is likely more effective. However, this time away is indispensable to my ministry.

stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

•Colorado legalizes pot. California raises it’s own taxes again. Pro Gay-marriage motions pass in two more states. All over the place, states passed these small bills that will make a larger felt difference in their lives than the presidential election. Mayors, city councils, etc…they all changed Tuesday night. We all need to make sure we know what happened where we live.

•I made the decision to switch from Apple to Windows 8. I still love Apple products, but the costs of Apple’s ecosystem from a financial and flexibility standpoint aren’t worth it any more. I like to tailor stuff to my use and have the freedom to use it once I’ve paid for it–regardless of Apple’s desire to make everything proprietary from books to music. Apple has become a pretty selfish company, really controlling it’s customers and locking them into all sorts of things. It’s like the tech version of a cell-phone contract…you can leave, but it will cost you. Well–it’ll cost me to stay with you too. So, if it’s going to cost me, I’d just assume pay as a free man.