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.
15 thoughts to ponder about the importance of slowing down
- If you don’t take the initiative to slow down in life you will never do it!
- If you don’t have a plan on how you are going to slow down in life you will never do it!
- It doesn’t matter what day you decide to use as a Sabbath. The point is: take a Sabbath!
- Give yourself permission to rest. God did it so I am guessing that it must be okay.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stop trying to pack three lives into one!!
- When was the last time you just stopped and enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation?
- 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!
- You are not a “doing machine”. You are a human being.
- Your first job in life is to seek God and to commune with Him.
- Your work is not your identity. Your identity comes from being a child of God!
- Remember the Sabbath was made for us; not us for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).
- Silence, solitude, stopping and Sabbath are all gifts from God to be received joyfully.
- 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