Call a TIME-OUT in order to TUNE IN!
Life is moving at craziness speed. It’s important to slow down. You must slow down on purpose. Regularly, what I do is call a “Time-Out Day.” REST TO REFRESH: A day to turn off the phone, don’t check email, turn off all the media; I just enjoy my family and enjoy my God. I may read or nap or go on a lunch-date with Kim. This helps me “tune in” to the important priorities and values of my life.
Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC, says, “When your routine, becomes routine, you need a change to your routine.”
Be careful of being blindsided by the “rush of routine.” Upon recognizing that life is getting too routine or you have been getting in a rut, just go ahead and call “Time-out!”
In a sports game, coaches call time-outs for a few reasons: A) Sometimes, they just need to slow the game down so everyone can gain focus and composure. B) Sometimes, a time-out is called strategically, to plan a play. C) Other times, a coach calls a time-out and just gives an encouraging pep-talk.
In Psalm 46:10a (NIV) we read, “Be still and know that I am God.”
It’s in those times of stillness, when we carve out and stop the pace of life, that we are able to really hear, apart from all the noise and clutter around us, how much God is for us. We can hear the Spirit’s gentle whisper saying, “It’s going to be all right.”
Do you need to call a time-out in order to tune in today? Is it just to slow the pace of life down? Or to sit down and think about you’re next steps? Or is it just to hear an encouraging word or whisper from the Lord saying how much He loves you and how much He is for you? Hey, guess what, call that “TIME OUT” and win! -Larry