The weekend is here.  

Take a breath . . . a deep breath . . . and slow down from the weekday pace.  Because. The weekdays often leave little room to breathe and be.

It can be difficult to slow down in this space of the week; however, slowing down is a smart thing to implement for the long-term. The thing is . . . it’s a continual discussion at TableThink’s table . . . because there’s so much to do in a start-up organization.  Even so, we’ve come to the conclusion it’s vital for our longevity. Of course, it takes intentional practice to leave the to-do-list alone and slow down. When you get down to it, this is a soul-deep way of living.
 
Slowing down is a crucial God-principle to live by.
 

Throughout God’s Message to humanity, the Shabbat or Sabbath comes to the forefront, 24-hours set aside to draw close to God, slowing down to reflect, restore, and renew. Of course, there’s much more to the practice of Shabbat.

But. 

One of the elements which is often missed in our culture is intentional slowing down, putting aside time to move away from all the doing of life, turning the dial of busyness down to be still and know God.

I’ve always believed in the value of setting aside time and space to slow down; however, I often given into the pressures of things which need to be done.

The lessons of Shabbat teach there’s a vital need for time to slow down and recalibrate. It’s a key piece in navigating life. 

But.

How is slowing down possible when there’s more to get done than there is time?

Slowing down requires the belief that taking time in the week to slow down is not one more thing to do but rather a part of living our best.  At times I have made slowing down about “doing” rather than “being.”   When you get down to it, slowing down is a key piece of life to be woven into the rhythm and rituals of living.

Mark 3:1-6 records how Jesus revealed the set-aside 24-hour space is to be healing and life-giving rather than a to-do-list.  Of course, new insights and changes frustrates and angers those who want things to stay the same.  So, it’s no surprise that the rule-followers were angry and missed the whole point when Jesus asked a man to stand in the middle of the room and healed him on the Shabbat.  I am a doer by nature, so, I understand how difficult it can be to understand there needs to be time not to be guided by the to-do-list.

How many times do we miss what is life-giving because we are immersed in what we think we have to do?  

There are times I have failed to recognize my need to recalibrate and be restored until I actually slowed down and became still.

The change of pace gives time and space to enjoy simple pleasures like sharing a meal with one another, drinking a cup of coffee without interruption, reading, taking a walk, and giving my full attention to family and friends.  

Sometimes . . . slowing down is as simple as pulling up a chair to the window . . . giving time and space to reflect, read, and drink a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Happy Weekend! 

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