“I’d rather be busy than bored.”

This is a common phrase that I say – especially at work.

It’s great to have things to do.  It’s wonderful to have goals to pursue.  And it can be invigorating to know that the backlog is full with plenty of work for the foreseeable future.


There can be a downside to this.

When we’re too busy, it can be challenging to focus on all the right things.  It can be difficult to prioritize effectively.  And it can be nearly impossible to catch our breath.

I’m in one of those phases right now.  Work is extremely busy.  Home life is pretty full.  And I’m trying to find time to live out some of my writing dreams.

The best thing we can do at times like this is to simply pause.

We all need a break from time to time.  A pause can give us time to catch our breath, to refocus on the things that matter, and to reflect on the next steps we need to take towards achieving our goals.  There’s something else that a pause provides.  A pause provides the opportunity to make the One thing the one thing.  Here’s what I mean.  When we get busy, we allow our schedules to become our god.  This isn’t good.  A intentional pause reminds us Who is on the throne.

He says, “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

Today, I’m taking a pause.

When was the last time you paused?  What benefits have you found from a pause?