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One Man’s Journey to Set Out to Do Nothing

A few years back, Pastor Steve Dulin challenged me to set aside a few days at the beginning of each year just to seek God. He calls it a sabbatical. I have spent a lot of time with God in my lifetime, but normally it would be in one-hour increments or on a retreat with a bunch of people working through a curriculum of some sort. To actually take 48 hours without an agenda, media, food, or people to occupy my time seemed like it was going to be extremely difficult.

That was exactly what I thought the first year I set out on one of these adventures with God. The first few hours were no problem, I read a few books of the Bible, journaled a bit, and tried to hear God, but after that I found myself stuck. Much of the rest of the time was me sitting in the stillness of the cabin pondering about God, taking a lot of walks in the woods, and doing pretty much nothing. I have to say that when it was over, I was extremely glad that I could be released from what seemed to be an eternity of trying to occupy myself without my normal modes of entertainment.

The next year I was a little more apprehensive before taking the trip. I almost bailed on the idea when I saw Pastor Steve at the annual staff Christmas party. He asked me if I had a place picked out for my annual sabbatical. I couldn’t lie, and so I told him I wasn’t sure if I had the guts to go out there again and make the trip. After some prodding, he convinced me that I should try it again. So, reluctantly, I booked the cabin and set out on the trip. This time, as I was driving up to the cabin, Pastor Steve called me on my cell. It wasn’t normal for me to get a phone call from him so I answered and he asked me what I was doing. I told him I was going up to the cabin for my second annual sabbatical. He said, “Well, I have been feeling like I was supposed to call you and now I know why.” He then spent about 45 minutes ministering to me about what a trip like this should look like, and he made a comment to me that I will never forget. He said, “Doing nothing with God is better than anything you could ever accomplish on your own.” It hit me like a ton of bricks and from that time, going on my annual sabbatical has become one of the highlights of my year.

Yesterday I returned home from my 2015 trip. I have to tell you that I accomplished my goals very well. I spent the four-hour drive listening to worship music and just reflecting on God’s goodness. Once I arrived, I spent a lot of time reading almost the entire book of Genesis twice, reflecting in my journal, looking back at old pictures of my family, and sleeping. Both nights, God woke me up just to spend a few early morning hours hanging out and sitting in the quiet of the cabin. I would love to tell you that I received some sort of revelation from this trip. I would love to tell you that I discovered a new theory on good men’s ministry or that I have some new concept of how to be a better husband or father, but that wouldn’t be accurate. What I can tell you is that I did nothing with God, and I accomplished so much. When I arrived home, all four of my family members were eager to hear what I did and how things went. I spent time ministering to each one of them and reading a scripture I felt like I received for them. All of them wrote the scripture down and told me that they would read it often throughout 2015. 

We live in a fast-paced world full of every kind of distraction money can buy. We often get bombarded by the busyness of life and find ourselves wishing we had more time to rest. For a little over 48 hours at the beginning of the year, I can say that I do nothing with God. I am not sure if it changes me or if I am graced with more wisdom, but I really do think something supernatural happens—NOTHING. And from that, a lot can happen.

Remember guys, at Gateway Men we always “Seek God First!”

Todd McIntyre
Pastor, Gateway Men

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Men’s Summit
March 5–6 | Southlake Campus

Get ready for a huge event that combines innovative activities and Spirit-filled ministry. Men’s Summit 2015 will be packed with non-stop entertainment, including a tailgate kickoff full of food, interactive games, and an incredible worship experience with Hillsong Young & Free that you’ll never forget. This year will feature Jase Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, John Gray, our own Pastors Robert Morris and Tim Ross, as well as so many more! For more information, contact Fedrick Bowe at 817.552.3631 or email men@gatewaypeople.comMore Details.

Spring Softball Registration
It’s a brand new ballgame now that Gateway Spring Softball is here! Games will be played Sunday afternoons and evenings beginning mid-February. This is a great way to have some competitive fun while connecting with your Gateway community through campus leagues. Registration is required by Saturday, January 31. For more information, contact Andrew Stevens at 682.223.6947 or email men@gatewaypeople.comMore Details. 

Men’s Equip: Field Manual for Your Home with Pastor Todd McIntyre
Wednesdays, January 21–February 4 | 7:00 pm | Southlake Campus
Men can be described with various titles: husband, father, and spiritual leader of the home. These terms are loaded with significance, but what do they mean? Join us as we explore what the Bible has to say about viewing each of these terms from a godly perspective. In class, we’ll provide practical tools to live this out in your home life. More Details.

 

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Men’s Groups
Men’s groups have begun! We have a variety of groups for everyone. Get plugged into a group and take advantage of the opportunity to connect with other men. More details.

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