Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
– Psalm 46:10 (ESV)
As coaches, we live in a “grip it and rip it” world. We know all too well about being overloaded, overburdened, and overboard with busyness. After hitting the “Do It” button again and again, we should also remember the importance of pushing the “Pause” button once in a while too. Maybe you have thought on occasion that if you could only clone yourself, you could get more accomplished. Busy can beat us like a drum. Those we care about the most can stop asking for our time if they think we’re too busy for them. If we have to squeeze our spouse, our children and our friends into our appointment book, it could be an indication we need to slow down. Maybe it’s time to push the “Pause” button. Being busy can rob us of meaningful relationships as well as our health. I have been reminded more than once that busyness is not a spiritual gift.
“Be still and know that I am God.” It’s so hard to slow down, take it easy, or wait. If we’re being honest with ourselves, what we’re really saying is that I don’t have time for others in my life. Worse yet, we’re telling God that we don’t have time for Him. How many of us are stretching ourselves more while falling apart at the same time? Busy is the enemy of peace. Being busy can steal irreplaceable time and rob us of blessings. I have heard it said that if Satan can’t make us sin, he will make us busy. (B.U.S.Y. – Being Under Satan’s Yoke) Think about that! God warns us to slow down. Are we listening? Could it be time for you to hit the “Pause” button? Do you need to take a step back and consider what’s really important in your life? When we respond to God’s warning, He can give us a peace that surpasses all understanding. He can restore those meaningful relationships. He can give us back our health and our sanity. Accept the challenge—it might just change your life.
Heavenly Father, give me the strength and courage to be still. In that time of stillness, may I come to know You and trust You more. Amen.