Posts Tagged ‘prayer time’

Last night our 7th grade guys played a quicker, stronger, taller team with a good half-court press in a tiny crackerbox gym.   A couple of timeouts were not enough to help us adjust and we went into half-time down 25 to 8.  During halftime, we were able to catch our breath, clear our heads, and go into the second half with a new focus.  As a result we were able to adjust on both ends of the court, outscoring our opponents 19 – 12 in the second half.  No happy ending….the bad guys still won 🙂 …but it became a different ball game!  What a difference some time to breath and think and receive instruction meant for our guys.

This week, an old friend has been inviting me to connect in some thoughtful and potentially deep interactions on social media.  My responses have been thoughtful…sort of.  Or at least as much as I can be while on the run.  I would enjoy engaging at a deeper level.  I need a timeout in order to breath, to think, and to respond well.

About ten days ago, I went about an hour away to a lake house for some extended prayer time.  I spent the morning pacing about on the deck overlooking the water and talking/listening to God.  It was wonderful.  It has made a real difference in my week.  Time to breath, to think, to receive and to respond.

Recently, a numberNobel Prize winners were asked to give their advice for the future.  Kara Powell from Fuller Youth Institute references this story from Tony Schwartz’s Harvard Business Reveiw blog here:  http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/2012/02/nobel-prize-winners-agree-have-advice-for-you/  Tony quotes one economist:  “Leaders don’t have time for the future because they’re too busy with the present.”  I’ll let you read the blog for yourself.

Time to breathe, time to think, time to receive, time to respond…..who needs a timeout!  Can you…do you…take timouts?  When working with youth…..or with your own children…..do you teach them to hold the accelerator to the floor or to use the brake and put it in park for awhile?

What are some of your favorite methods of taking a time-out?  How do you model it well for others?

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