My daily Chip and JoAnna email came through to my inbox last week. On the email, it showed a beautiful, Magnolia-perfected entryway. The caption read, “A Place to Pause.”
My usual quick-to-delete hand was immediately slowed as my brain registered the email tagline. I sat for several minutes pondering whether my home was a place for me to pause.
It is a place for many things.
It offers safety and warmth from extreme Minnesota temperatures. Soft beds provide comfort for tired eyes. The kitchen provides security where hungry tummies are fed. And of course, our house serves as a place of friendship and laughter with loved ones. But, does it offer me a place to pause?
The answer I desperately want to say is “Yes, of course!” But, the truth is, I’m not sure it does.
There’s not a room in my house that I can walk into that doesn’t require something of me. Whether it be laundry to wash, dry, and fold, toilets and showers to clean, food to cook and clean up, dusting to take care of, or bedrooms to tuck sleepy children into, there’s not a single room that offers me space to pause and breath.
And because every corner of the house requires something of me, there’s not a room I walk into that doesn’t remind me of what still needs to be completed. So, rather than taking time to push pause, I keep pushing; one step in front of the other until my to-do list is complete.
The problem is, my to-do list never ends. Laundry, dishes, cooking, dusting - the tasks don’t stop (sigh).
And so, instead of pausing in the mess, I try to walk through the mess - until now.
Magnolia is inspiring me to view my house as not just a place I serve others in, but also as a place I honor myself.
To do so requires me to break free from the endless tasks to find an area of my home to spend some much needed quiet time to refresh my worn out, soul.
I don’t know about you, but it takes every ounce of willpower to tear myself away from tasks left incomplete. I’m guessing Jesus felt the same way.
Every day He was surrounded by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people who needed something from Him. Whether it be His wisdom, teaching, or His healing, Jesus unselfishly served as many people as He could.
He offered His time until He had nothing left to give. And when that time came, He broke away from the crowds so that He could push pause.
He granted Himself permission to care for Him.
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14-22-23)
Friends, isn’t that what we are supposed to do too? Shouldn’t we permit ourselves to say, “no more” and walk away for the responsibilities that wear on us?
Isn’t this time well served? Jesus certainly thought so.
And so, today I humbly come before you proclaiming that my home is no longer just a place to serve my family. It is also a place I will serve myself.
How about you? Will you join me? Will you take the initiative today to walk away from the endless tasks of life and push pause?
Your soul will thank you. And Jesus? Well, He too will be smiling.
I believe in the power of writing. Journaling can help you process how you can find pause in your days.
Praying you through,
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