15 thoughts to ponder about the importance of slowing down

slowing down

For most of my life I have found it hard to make time to rest, to stop and to take breaks.  I am a doer.  I like to get things done.

In May of 2007, the effects of not slowing down finally caught up to me and I had to take a two and a half month medical leave.

This was one of the most difficult times in all my life .

I could no longer do.

I had to stop.

I had to slow down.

When I returned to work after my medical leave I knew that things had to change.  I knew that I couldn’t keep living life the way I had been living it (not if I wanted to live past my 40′s).

Over the last several years I have learned the importance of slowing down and I am enjoying the benefits of it.

slowing down

15 thoughts to ponder about the importance of slowing down

  1. If you don’t take the initiative to slow down in life you will never do it!
  2. If you don’t have a plan on how you are going to slow down in life you will never do it!
  3. It doesn’t matter what day you decide to use as a Sabbath. The point is: take a Sabbath!
  4. Give yourself permission to rest. God did it so I am guessing that it must be okay.
  5. When you take a true Sabbath that means you need other time to get things done. That probably means taking another day off during the week.
  6. Find ways to commune with God throughout your day. One good suggestion I heard was set your watch to beep every two hours to remind you.
  7. Stop trying to pack three lives into one!!
  8. When was the last time you just stopped and enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation?
  9. Don’t beat yourself up when you feel distracted when you are spending time with God in silence and/or prayer. Thank-God that you recognized that you were distracted!
  10. You are not a “doing machine”.  You are a human being.
  11. Your first job in life is to seek God and to commune with Him.
  12. Your work is not your identity. Your identity comes from being a child of God!
  13. Remember the Sabbath was made for us; not us for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).
  14. Silence, solitude, stopping and Sabbath are all gifts from God to be received joyfully.
  15. If taking a Sabbath is a drudgery or a burden to you, you’ve missed the whole point of it!

What are you doing to build rhythm into your life? What are you doing to slow down?

***** This post is part of a series called “How do we slow down when life feels out of control.”  Here are the rest of the posts in the series:

Part 1: How do we slow down when life feels out of control
Part 2: A huge help for building rhythm into our lives
Part 3: We were never meant to work seven days a week
Part 4: 15 thoughts to ponder about the importance of slowing down

Categories: Personal growth

12 Comments

  • Rowland Croucher says:

    Hi Kevin

    Saw your trailer for this article on Facebook. Terrific!

    Here’s something else on this: http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/8199.htm

    And on our sojourn in Vancouver – http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/17347.htm

    Shalom!

    Rowland Croucher

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Rowland! Thanks for stopping by! I really liked your article. I can relate very much to it. 🙂 You sure had an “interesting” experience at First Baptist in Vancouver. Did you ever pastor in Canada again?

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Kevin,
    You sound tired. Take a break would you.

  • Kevin says:

    Okay Kevin . . . sounds like a good idea to me! 🙂

  • Great points to consider here, Kevin. Thank you for your faithfulness to point us to Him in this area. It is much appreciated!

  • Louise Myers says:

    Awesome Kevin, I so agree with your thoughts on this! Fortunately I didn’t wait til I had a breakdown to slow down – but it happens! I’m enjoying this more peaceful time and waiting on God to direct me.

  • dipa says:

    Yesterday was he birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and by quoting his philosophy you have indeed given Him a great tribute. Thanks for this post. Very good share!

  • Felicia says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I am also just like you, I like to do all the things I can do in a day. Even if it is my free day, as long as I’m at home, I always make it a point to do something to make me feel I’ve made good use of my time. I think it is God’s will to have you take a medical leave, because if not for it, you would not realize how crucial it is to slow down even just a little each day.

    I certainly liked numbers 10 to 12. I am not a doing machine. I am a human being; My first job in life is to seek God and commune with Him; My work is not my identity. My identity comes from being a child of God. – Saying these things to myself makes me feel better already! Thank you a lot for sharing!

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