Don't forget to Breathe

Don’t Forget to Breathe

Don't forget to BreatheLife is generally a busy place with a lot of activity and full of stress potential. Pace is certainly something that matters if we are going to make it to the finish line still upright. My own recent transition from running Bill Leckie Ministries to becoming an Associate Pastor of a very large congregation in Southlake, Texas has reminded me of how important it is to take time to slow down, take a deep breath and just breathe. I have learned that beneficial rest is always intentional. If I do not purposely choose to pause , refresh, and recharge I will run out of steam and experience a negative perspective shift. The Bible makes it clear that rest matters to God. So much so that He gave a command regarding it. A day of rest is actually a commandment. It is that important. The day of rest is a given, but learning to find those moments of calm and clarity throughout the week are important too.

My recent transition has been very busy. The speed of life has increased and my adjustment to it has required me too take moments to catch my breath…actually there were moments that I had to remind myself to breathe. I have compared my experience to that of trying to take a drink of water from a fire-hose or the difference in pace of a Schwinn (a bicycle) to that of a Ducati ( a high performance motorcycle). We can actually experience stress to such a level that we forget to do something that is necessary for life. When we take the intentional step of choosing to stop, exhale and breathe in deeply we allow a process of recovery to begin — recovery that is physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual in nature. The scriptural admonition to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) is a call to recovery process. It can restore a healthy perspective and reset our attitudes. Rest, even brief pauses of it, can change the way we live. Rest is a necessary element for us to be healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually… So take a moment right now to pause, clear you head, and just breathe.