Stopping gives us time to renew our energy and to replenish our emotional and spiritual resources. It gives us time when we can gather ourselves together, relax, and become calmer within. It’s almost impossible to reflect thoughtfully on our lives when we are continually living at full speed. Before we realize it, we find ourselves operating on autopilot, going from one activity to another without much thought. In contrast, stopping for a while enables us to recognize more clearly those destructive patterns of living that push our lives beyond their God-given limits and then to make clear choices to live in a more healthy and life-giving way.
—Trevor Hudson, Questions God Asks Us (Upper Room Books, 2008)
When was the last time you stopped to consider your God-given limits and to choose a healthier way to live? Join the conversation.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
—Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, help me hear what you are asking of me.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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