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Pressing Pause (Again)

Pressing Pause (Again)

September 26, 2019

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana

My heart plummeted as I read the freshly printed agenda. With heightened hindsight, I suddenly remembered my responsibility as a presenter at the meeting. 

I glanced at the clock. 9:00 PM.  The meeting would begin in just ten hours. Not only was I unprepared, I hadn’t even started the necessary work. 

Sighing, I reopened my computer and got to work. Nine hours later, I drove to my workplace, thanking God for nudging me to print my agenda the night before, rather than waiting until the morning. Because of Him, I felt ready for the task in front of me. 

But behind my relief, I felt uneasy. Since the beginning of this new school year, I raced from task to task. Sometimes I barely took time to breathe. I found myself wondering, How did I end up here again? 

Honestly, this scenario replays tirelessly in my life. In fact, I chose the word Pause for 2019 because I recognize my weakness for overfilling my schedule. 

The Lord made pausing easy for me in the aftermath of my heel injury and surgery. Thankfully, my heel continues to improve, and I find myself able to do more. Unfortunately, the all too familiar temptation to overdo rides on the heels (pun intended) of feeling stronger. 

Being busy and productive boost my self-esteem. I love crossing items off of my to-do list. But even more, I relish helping others. It hurts me to see other people overwhelmed and overworked. So, I quickly jump in to help, until I also become overwhelmed and overworked.

I’ve walked this path enough to know the inevitable outcome. At some point, I will fail to deliver on my promises. Unable to meet expectations, I will frustrate the very people I meant to help.

I took the near disaster at my meeting as a clear warning. Without a doubt, I need to revisit and renew my resolve to Pause.

Jesus promises:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

Jesus always offers us rest and peace. But I forget this when I run from task to task.

A well-placed pause satisfies the soul. When I pause, I remember Jesus always accomplishes what He purposes. But unlike me, He does so without running ragged or feeling frazzled. The key lies in being yoked with Him:

To be like Him, I need to be with Him. 

Wherever you are in your journey, I pray you, too, may find time to pause and reflect. May we all be yoked to the One who lightens our burdens. 

Pressing Pause (Again)

September 26, 2019

Pressing Pause (Again)

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana

My heart plummeted as I read the freshly printed agenda. With heightened hindsight, I suddenly remembered my responsibility as a presenter at the meeting. 

I glanced at the clock. 9:00 PM.  The meeting would begin in just ten hours. Not only was I unprepared, I hadn’t even started the necessary work. 

Sighing, I reopened my computer and got to work. Nine hours later, I drove to my workplace, thanking God for nudging me to print my agenda the night before, rather than waiting until the morning. Because of Him, I felt ready for the task in front of me. 

But behind my relief, I felt uneasy. Since the beginning of this new school year, I raced from task to task. Sometimes I barely took time to breathe. I found myself wondering, How did I end up here again? 

Honestly, this scenario replays tirelessly in my life. In fact, I chose the word Pause for 2019 because I recognize my weakness for overfilling my schedule. 

The Lord made pausing easy for me in the aftermath of my heel injury and surgery. Thankfully, my heel continues to improve, and I find myself able to do more. Unfortunately, the all too familiar temptation to overdo rides on the heels (pun intended) of feeling stronger. 

Being busy and productive boost my self-esteem. I love crossing items off of my to-do list. But even more, I relish helping others. It hurts me to see other people overwhelmed and overworked. So, I quickly jump in to help, until I also become overwhelmed and overworked.

I’ve walked this path enough to know the inevitable outcome. At some point, I will fail to deliver on my promises. Unable to meet expectations, I will frustrate the very people I meant to help.

I took the near disaster at my meeting as a clear warning. Without a doubt, I need to revisit and renew my resolve to Pause.

Jesus promises:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

Jesus always offers us rest and peace. But I forget this when I run from task to task.

A well-placed pause satisfies the soul. When I pause, I remember Jesus always accomplishes what He purposes. But unlike me, He does so without running ragged or feeling frazzled. The key lies in being yoked with Him:

To be like Him, I need to be with Him. 

Wherever you are in your journey, I pray you, too, may find time to pause and reflect. May we all be yoked to the One who lightens our burdens. 

5 Comments

  1. Charla Matthews on September 27, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    Shirley! Yup, He is speaking to me as well. I taught from this passage on Tuesday. I began seeking Him with, “Is this Your will?” a week ago. Last night, my Life Coach challenged me to continue seeking His will for change. I am off from work today and chose to read your post while finishing breakfast; before heading into my quiet time. Thank you for sharing!

    • Shirley Desmond Jackson on September 29, 2019 at 3:55 PM

      Thank you as always for your encouragement, Charla! This lesson is one I need to continually review and renew as I tend to fall into the same tired trap. Thank the Lord for infinite patience and grace!

  2. Daevina Arredondo on October 1, 2019 at 10:15 PM

    This is beautiful! I was just speaking on sunday about how important PAUSE is. Love this so very much friend❤

    • Shirley Desmond Jackson on October 2, 2019 at 7:34 AM

      Thank you so much Daevina! I appreciate your encouragement, and as always, your friendship!

  3. Boundaries - Shirley Desmond Jackson on October 3, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Thank you for reading this post. If you are interested in reading a related post, click on the link above to read “Boundaries”.

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