If you solve the wrong problem, it doesn't matter how well you solve it.
As I've pursued my focus on design as a specific path for my vocation, I'm consistently impressed by how much I don't know, and how much there is to learn. In the last few years, it has become clear that the Lord had been leading me toward User Experience Design ("UX") as my focus. I've sought to glean what I could learn from classes, books, podcasts, webinars, and the like. In December I jumped straight into the deep end – traveling to Las Vegas to obtain a certification in UX design through the Nielsen Norman Group. I gained more from the 6-straight days of classes than anything I’d done before.
I've been able to hit the ground running on some improvements to the Jesus Film app. Also, I am in the planning stages of a 6-12 month project to prioritize our strategies and approaches moving forward.
This year marks 15 years that Carrie and I have been working with Cru full time! From December 26th – January 26th I took my first ever Sabbatical – a time to set aside work and labor and trust the Lord to refresh and renew. Some people's sabbaticals involve travel, or completing special projects, but I set my goal as this: that each day would be restful.
Planning ahead isn't something I revel in. I can do it. I can do it pretty well, and I don't always hate it, but it's solidly labor when I do it. So I didn't. Each day I did the things that seemed the most restful. Sometimes I did the kids' homeschool work with them, sometimes I mowed the lawn, did some roofing, slept in, got up early (hahahaha who am I kidding?!), cooked on the grill, roasted some coffee, taught Fia how to ride her bike, read a book in the middle of the day, and each day I set aside time to be in the Scriptures. I even finished my one-year-through-the-Bible plan during the time. I wrapped it up incredibly refreshed and ready to dive into my refreshed role at work.
I am grateful for our gracious God who values work and efficiency, but also has created rest for us — for us because he knows that we are weak, and because enjoying rest is good in and of itself. I'm also grateful to labor with an organization that seeks to value its people, and honors God's design by allowing for focused times of refreshing.