We’ve all heard and scene this word used in a myriad of ways. For now, I’d like to focus on just one.
breathe: to pause and rest before continuing
I rather like this definition of the word. Simple, yet packs a punch. How many times do we burst forth in our day without breathing? In fact, I’d like to suggest that oftentimes we believe the age-old saying “the early bird gets the worm” so much so, that it’s almost as if we’re shot out of a cannon from the moment we awake to the moment we close our eyes at the end of the day. We pump ourselves full of caffeine just to propel us through the day. It’s not that I’m against accomplishing tasks, I just think it’s beneficial to take a deep breath before jumping into them. Focus is often the missing ingredient, which is where breathing comes in to play.
Stopping to breathe is beneficial to the mind as it helps us to focus on what’s really important, sometimes even re-grouping or changing plans. For me, it’s important to seek God and His wisdom before jumping into anything. An over-zealous task master may skip right on over this crucial part, in an effort to make the most of every last second. Sometimes, there are divine appointments, even divine interruptions to the day. If we are too focused on the ever-growing “to do list,” we may very possibly miss out on what just may be the most important event of the day!
What do you have to lose? Try it! See if you don’t have a better, clearer, more effective picture of your day after stopping to breathe.