Take a Break and Tap your Brakes

Take a Break and Tap your Brakes…is some of the best help I have discovered for hurried souls like ours in this busy world. Regardless of our personalities and age and stage in life, we need to pace ourselves and not become overloaded and burnout. One of my older friends (she is 99 years old) , told me that when you go over the hill, things speed up snd you have to learn to “tap your brakes”. In other words, adapt and adjust and pace yourself. During busy times, take mini breaks, a few minutes here and there will go a long way in keeping you in the right frame of mind. Take a short walk, stretch, reflect of things that you are thankful for in your life right now. It is interesting in the book of Psalms, the term “Selah” is used to describe taking to taking time to pause and reflect in our worship. It is also important to do that throughout our day.

Another lesson I have learned is that everything is not an emergency. Take a moment to process the situation. Think about options. Some things can be resolved by rescheduling them later at a more appropriate time or possibly networking with someone else to help with the situation.

Dr. John Ortberg made this observation in studying the life and ministry of Christ, that “Jesus was often busy, but never hurried.” For me, the most help is allowing God to be a part of my daily life. Jesus is not only the perfect example, but by seeking His advice and wisdom by talking to Him in prayer , He can give us a better perspective…and help us to know when and how to slow down…and take a break, and tap our brakes.

Keeping Our Life in Balance

There is a struggle to keeping our life in balance. In our culture today, there is so much more emphasis on doing a good job than being a good person. Both of these are important, it is not just one or the other, but we really need both of these qualities. One of the most frequent questions that people ask us, is “How are you doing?” but they never ask “How you be?.” We are obsessed with the outside things like appearance or performance but little attention is given to what is going on in the inside of us. This is your heart and soul, thoughts, doubts, fears, and your attitude…we need to focus there too.

In our hurry crazy world, we are becoming “human doings” more than “human beings.” We can become too busy doing things (even good things) it can drain our physical, emotional and spiritual energy and clutter our calendar with too many commitments.

It is quite a struggle to maintain a proper balance, one that I have fought for many years. We have to be more intentional about it. It is worth the effort to make both a priority in our daily lives as best we can. Jesus said, What does it profit you to the gain the whole world and lose your own soul in the process?(Matthew 16:26). What an incredible warning He gives us with that question. We must take better care of ourselves inwardly as well as outwardly.

I will be sharing more about how to do that in my next blog entitled “Help for the Hurried Soul.” Until then, may we give our attention to becoming more like God wants us to Be, as well as what we Do.