My Three lessons of less travel…

I was in Boston Monday for a meeting with our church plant there – REUNION Christian Church, which means I was away from my family for the first night this year.  If you follow this blog, you know I made radical commitment to reduce my travel this year after being gone about 7 nights/month last year.

I was talking with a counselor friend last week about this adjustment and he helped me reflect on what I’m learning through it…

1. Be Creative. This is actually my second night away from home this year, but when it needed to happen in February, we spent a few bucks on a hotel and made it a fun family trip where I could get my stuff done too.

2. Paradox of missed opportunities. Isn’t it ironic that one reason I was gone so much was because I didn’t want to miss out on opportunities?  And now, the best part of being present is all the experiences I missed by being gone.  Lots of laughter, teachable moments, deeper relationships…

3.  Be firm, but not rigid. Legalism kills the spirit. Anytime something turns into a “rule to be kept” it is the perfect environment for either bitterness (because some rule kept me from something good) or pride (because of how disciplined I can show I was).    It was important for me to be in Boston, I could do it in about a 24 hour turnaround, and I could still do it in the spirit of “Radically Less Travel.”  Feels like the right combo.

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~ by Greg Lee on March 9, 2011.

3 Responses to “My Three lessons of less travel…”

  1. Greg, great to see this and hear of your new less travel world. I too am experiencing this. Its wonderful. Great to see!

  2. Greg, I am impressed by your commitment to respond to God’s promptings. I struggle with spending too many hours at the office. It has become such an engrained habit that many days I look up at the clock and it is 2 to 3 hours after everyone else has gone home. You sharing this is an inspiration and perhaps God telling me to go home earlier.
    God bless you and your family.

    • That is kind of you, Joe. I hope this does model something healthy for others, including you. I just prayed for you to get a clear sense from God about the steps he wants you to take.

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