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This is part 4 of a series on finding Pivot Points in your life. In life there are moments when we need to turn and find a new direction. I believe that God sends us clues to those pivot points in the every day moments of life. So, I’m offering a few that I’ve discovered along the way.

I’m not a fan of errors. In fact, that’s why I’m now an Apple guy instead of a Windows guy.

My first real computer was an Apple IIe (technically my first computer was a Timex, but I’m not really sure that counts) and an Apple Macbook got me through seminary. So, I’ve been familiar with Apple products for a long time. When I graduated and started working, however, I joined the dutiful-cubical-drone-gang and got a Windows-based PC.

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Seven years ago tomorrow (August 29), we spent my daughter’s second birthday cowering in the laundry room as Hurricane Katrina blew through and uprooted trees, destroyed homes, and flooded the coast.

This year, we’ll spend my daughter’s 9th birthday riding out Hurricane Isaac—hopefully not in the laundry room.

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Today, instead of tending to Hurricane Isaac preparations as I had been dutifully instructed to do by the wife, my OCD kicked in and I decided to take care of the vines growing on the side of the carport and the confederate jasmine growing on the arboretum over our back patio.

When we bought our home, I loved the thick green vines covering the walls of the carport. It was neat and trimmed. The top was cut in a crisp, straight line running the length of the carport. I can remember thinking to myself, “I wonder how they make it look so neatly trimmed.”

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This is Part 2 of a series about discovering Pivot Points in life. Every journey comes to a place where you must turn. There are habits of the heart and soul that help us make the necessary turns. I call them Pivot Points. God, through the moments and experiences of life, gives us clues we need to discover and understand those Pivot Points. We simply have to pay attention. 

My family’s first trip to the beach was in the summer of 1984. I was 13 and Madonna, Van Halen, Prince, and the movie Footloose provided the summer soundtrack. Three families rented two homes on the beach in Gulf Shores (back when there were actually houses to rent on the beach in Gulf Shores) and we spent the week swimming, eating, and telling ghost stories on the beach at night.

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Piv-uht

pivot – piv·ot [piv-uht] verb – to turn on or as on a pivot.

There are times when life simply needs to turn. For one reason or another we can’t continue moving on the path we’re on. At times the path ends abruptly because of a major life change or a dramatic moment; Sometimes the path simply plays out–there just isn’t any more trail to hike. We know we’ve reached the end of the path because we experience pain, boredom, or sometimes even joy. You know how it goes:

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Thank you for all your comments, emails, texts and votes last week (and through the weekend). You offered me great insight as to why you stop in and keep reading.

For some reason, the third question of the poll disappeared around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday (the one about your favorite post). I think when I was checking the results I accidentally hit ‘delete.’ But, I managed to see a few trends there before losing it.

So, here are the results (nothing too surprising):

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Now that we’re through with my sabbatical journal entries, I have a few additional things planned, but before I dive off into my ideas, I’d like to hear from you about what YOU would like to have and what would be profitable to you (and even how often you want to hear from me) from this blog.

So . . . take about 30 seconds and answer the questions below. If it takes you more than 30 seconds you’re putting waaaaay too much thought into this. After you answer the questions, I’ll tell you what I’ve got planned to start next week. Here you go.

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Well, here we are. The final day of the journal from the final day of the sabbatical. Over the course of sharing these journal entries, I’ve edited most posts for length and content (some content was extremely personal; some would’ve been utterly boring to you; some was redundant). But today’s post you get in its entirety, only edited for egregious grammatical errors and clarity.

Thank you for sticking with me in this journey. I’ve appreciated your comments and encouragement along the way. But the truth is I did this for my own soul. I needed to relive and revisit what God did to me and for me in these weeks. 

This isn’t the end of the blog (more on that tomorrow). But for now, here’s the final entry. Enjoy.

July 3 – Day 42
10:05 p.m.
Home

A leader can’t lead until he knows where he’s going.
~ John Locke (to Jack Shepherd)
Lost, Season 1, Ep. 5

Forty-two days ago I was on a plane heading to New York. The adventure was beginning. The walk-about commenced with a hug and kiss from Audra at the Gulfport Airport. I knew these weeks were going to be important. I just didn’t know how important.

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We’re approaching the end of the journey. In just a few days, I’ll offer the final post from my sabbatical journal. The end of the journal won’t be the end of the blog! I’ve got some great things planned for the weeks ahead. For those of you just stumbling into this, a reminder of what I’m doing right now:

Over the course of my 6-week sabbatical, I kept a journal of my travels and experiences. I’m sharing some of those to give you a flavor of how God spoke over the course of my time away. Sometimes I’ll share an entire day’s entry. At other times, just a partial/edited post. After the journal entry, I’ll share some of my post-sabbatical reflections on that entry. Each day I started with a quote followed by my reflections on the events of the day.

If you “follow” the blog (upper right on the home page), you’ll get automatic email updates when I post the next entry. You can find previous posts in the links to the right. At the bottom of each post, you’ll notice some “share” buttons. Feel free to share this with others if you think it would be interesting to them or help them.

July 1 – Day 40
9:15 p.m.
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To imagine things other than they are is the essence of hope.
It is also the stuff of revolution.
~Len Sweet

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We’re approaching the end of the journey. In just a few days, I’ll offer the final post from my sabbatical journal. The end of the journal won’t be the end of the blog! I’ve got some great things planned for the weeks ahead. For those of you just stumbling into this, a reminder of what I’m doing right now:

Over the course of my 6-week sabbatical, I kept a journal of my travels and experiences. I’m sharing some of those to give you a flavor of how God spoke over the course of my time away. Sometimes I’ll share an entire day’s entry. At other times, just a partial/edited post. After the journal entry, I’ll share some of my post-sabbatical reflections on that entry. Each day I started with a quote followed by my reflections on the events of the day.

If you “follow” the blog (upper right on the home page), you’ll get automatic email updates when I post the next entry. You can find previous posts in the links to the right. At the bottom of each post, you’ll notice some “share” buttons. Feel free to share this with others if you think it would be interesting to them or help them.

June 29 – Day 38
9:10 p.m.
Home

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
~ William James

Home. For good. My lunch date in Water Valley bailed on me today so I decided it was a sign to come home early. If my calculations are somewhat accurate, I travelled over 6,600 miles in 6 weeks. And every step of the way God was lighting the path, teaching me, holding me, and even fighting with me and for me. Never once did He leave me on my own (BTW, Never Once by Matt Redman is the theme song of the summer).

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