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Blog on Sabbatical

Dear friends who read along from time to time or on a regular basis,

I wanted to let you know that I am will not be posting in the month of October.  I will continue to write, but not post anything new.

I have a few reasons why:

  1. I have a lot of writing to this month in other areas that I need to give my imagination to. (a big sermon series and a retreat to lead)

  2. I have written about 70 posts and they have been around leadership in a broad sense of the word.  But I have also found myself leaning  and writing towards personal/inner formation of one’s heart and soul.  I am not for sure how that would/should change what I write, but October will give me some space to examine that.

  3. I just feel like a break is good right now.  There is  deep restlessness that I feel in the marrow of my bones.  It is a restful restlessness that I need to give my time and attention to exploring.  I knew when I read this quote from Oswald Chambers and it resonated so deeply with me, it was time to step back for a while:

Yet God can never make us into wine if we object to the fingers He chooses to use to crush us. We say, “If God would only use His own fingers, and make me broken bread and poured-out wine in a special way, then I wouldn’t object!” But when He uses someone we dislike, or some set of circumstances to which we said we would never submit, to crush us, then we object. Yet we must never try to choose the place of our own martyrdom. If we are ever going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed—you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed.

More words will be heading your way in November.

Strength and courage,

Kevin A. Parido

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