Take Time to Pause
While I was there I purchased Terry Hershey's The Power of Pause from Loyola Press. Something about the title really caught my eye and I read it while on my two flights back to Jersey.
Hershey's point is simple enough- practicing Sabbath is important in and of itself. Yes, it's a means to an end (deeper relationship with God) but it might also be of benefit on its own.
Pausing/Sabbath is important on any given day in that it...
- Renews your senses
- Anchors you in the ordinary
- Physically removes your stress
- Provides an opportunity to listen to God
- Slows you down
- Disconnects you from technology
Each of us can find a moment in our day to pause. I call this a Quiet Time and I often fill it with some Scripture reading as well as a time to write in my journal. Mornings are best for me but I don't stress if it comes later in the day. The key is to simply do it and not stress whether it's "good enough" or perfect. Sort of like a runner, I just get out there and let it happen. I don't wait for perfect conditions to have a Quiet Time.
I think that another of Hershey's points is that Pausing need not try to accomplish anything. Don't try to get really, really good at your Quiet Time. Don't try to become a Master Journaler.
Just pause and see what effects take place in you over time.
When was the last time that you had a week where Pausing was a regular feature? Psalm 46: 10 provides a great starting point if you are hoping to add more Pause to your day:
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know.